Before the start of the 83rd running of the 24-hour race at Le Mans, France's President François Hollande visited the Audi Sport Team Joest pit.
Together with Chairman of the Board of Management Rupert Stadler and Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Motorsport Boss Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich received the President and accompanying Ministers Bernard Cazeneuve and Stéphane Lefoll.
In addition to the leading politicians, the top motorsport officials Pierre Fillon (ACO) and Jean Todt (FIA) also honored Audi Sport. The Audi drivers were obviously also reluctant to miss such important visitors from their homeland, especially the French Le Mans winners Loïc Duval and Benoît Tréluyer.
Audi supplies the security cars for the world's most famous endurance race for the tenth time in succession. No less than 25 vehicles from the Audi RS 3 to the R8 are stationed around the 13.629-kilometer track in Le Mans, and ensure safety and rapid assistance in the sign of the four rings.
In action for the first time in 2015: an Audi RS 4 for Race Control, which transports the high-voltage specialists from the relevant teams to the stricken hybrid sportscars.
However, Audi does not only supply the security vehicles at Le Mans: as early as 2010, Audi expanded its involvement to cover every round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), which in 2012 became the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which also includes the French classic.