Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Le Mans 24 Hours: Marco Bonanomi and Audi Sport aim for the podium

Marc Bonanomi Press Release

The main event of 2014 Marco Bonanomi's racing season is here, the one which he worked hard together Audi Sport in the latest months. It's now time for the edition number 82 of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most famous race in the world, that this year will see the brand of Ingolstadt opposed to Toyota and Porsche.

The official test day of 1st June showed the excellent potential of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 that will be driven by Marco Bonanomi together his team mates Filipe Albuquerque and Oliver Jarvis; the trio placed the german LMP1 just behind the two Toyota:

"The test has been very positive - said Bonanomi - We tried different setups and long runs and the performance was so good. For sure, we and Toyota have not squeezed the real potential of the cars, there is still margin before the limit. We are confident that we can do a good job in the race but you know, 24 hours are long and it is impossible to write predictions. With Audi we have been working hard for months and the moment of truth has arrived, it would be great to repay the efforts made by the whole team with an amazing result. We will do our best, Le Mans is magic and I still have in my eyes the excitement of the podium two years ago... "

The long week of Le Mans will begin on Sunday 8th with scrutineering and sporting events that will be held at Place de la Republique, in Le Mans city center, which will continue also on Monday; Tuesday will be the time of the official photos and autograph session. Wednesday 11th will be the first day on track: Frre Practice 1 is scheduled from 16 to 20 and the Qualify 1 from 22 to midnight; the day after two more qualifying sessions, from 19 to 21 and again from 22 to midnight, the last to determine the starting grid. Friday 13th will be a rest day for cars but not for the drivers that will liven up the "Drivers Parade" in Le Mans town, from 17.30 to 19.30, a time always characterized by huge crowd and fans. Saturday morning short warm-up and then off the 24 hours that will start at 15; the whole race can be followed on Eurosport, also visible on

Photo credit: Audi Media