It would appear that Audi's domination of the Le Mans 24 Hour race will continue
this year as the German manufacturer swept the first three grid places in
qualifying for Saturday's big race.
In addition to putting two hybrid diesel-powered cars on the front row, pole was
set by Frenchman Loïc Duval, who is making his first appearance at Le Mans.
This year's pole position was won with a lap time of 3m 22.349sec (242.5 km/h),
which Duval set at the beginning of the first qualifying session on Wednesday
night, and remained unbeaten on Thursday.
The 31 year-old Frenchman, driving the # 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro is partnered
with Le Mans record winners Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish
(Scotland). It's also the eighth pole position for Audi at Le Mans.
Starting from position two will be the # 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of last year's
winners Marcel Fässler (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Benoît
Tréluyer (France). While car # 3 is piloted byLe Mans newcomer Lucas di
Grassi (Brazil), Marc Gené (Spain) and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain), which
secured third place.
Qualifying was interrupted with several red flag incidents, which reduced the time
available for qualifying. Despite few dry laps, all three Audi teams managed to
optimize their car's race set-up on Thursday night.
Before the race starts on Saturday there will be another 45min practice session
in the morning's warm-up.
Live streaming, including onboard footage of the three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars, will be available at
Sports car fans can watch the race on www.lemans-tv.com as well.
Audi will have a live ticker on Twitter: @Audi__Sport