German automaker Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday, with its #2 R18 e-tron Quattro driven by Dane Tom Kristensen, Briton Allan McNish and Frenchman Loic Duval.

Second place went to the Toyota TS030 Hybrid driven by Austrian Alexander Wurz, Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre and Japan's Kazuki Nakajima.

Spain's Marc Gene finished in 3rd place in the Audi #3 at the 81st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's oldest active sports car race in the endurance category.

The car driven by Gene, Briton Oliver Jarvis and Brazilian Lucas di Grassi blew the right rear tire and spun out near the Dunlop bridge in the 7th hour of the race, costing the team some time.

The drivers, however, made up the lost time and managed to grab 3rd place in the race.

The 2012 champions - Audi #1 driven by Switzerland's Marcel Fassler, German Andre Lotterer and Frenchman Benoit Treluyer - experienced engine problems, forcing them to spend 10 minutes in the pit area, a loss of time that they were unable to overcome and put them in 5th place.

This year's 24 Hours of Le Mans was marred by tragedy on Saturday, when Danish driver Allan Simonsen died of injuries suffered in an accident early in the race.

The 34-year-old Aston Martin driver spun off the track on the third lap and crashed into the barriers at the Tertre Rouge corner.

Simonsen, who was competing at Le Mans for the seventh time, received emergency medical care on the track and was later rushed to a hospital by ambulance.

Organizers announced three hours after the accident that he had died.

The Dane was sharing his vehicle, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, with countrymen Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.

Simonsen was the first driver since 1997 to be killed in the race, which has been held annually near the French town of Le Mans since 1923. EFE