With a 1-2-3 Audi sweep at Le Mans, some may write off the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans as a bit of a walk in the park for Audi. Those who'd write it off as such though would likely have to discount five of the most intense minutes of racing we've seen in our seven year history covering Le Mans first hand.

Below is a video we've found on YouTube that shows the EuroSport feed from a few minutes before Anthony Davidson's massive accident. In those minutes before his Toyota TS 030 Hybrid goes airborne and blasts into the barriers, his teammate Nicolas Lapierre engages in an intense battle with the leading Audi Sport R18 e-tron quattro #1 driven by Benoit Treluyer. Lapierre even goes two wheels off the track to pass the Audi and the two each grab the lead once more in nearly as many corners. Alas, the battle was interrupted by the crash, but what a battle it was.

Watch both the battle and the crash below and see more photos from Le Mans via our photo gallery to the right.

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