Saturday, June 14, 2014

Le Mans 24 Hours: Second, fourth and fifth for Audi in the warm-up

By Tarek Ramchani

It's race day at the Circuit de La Sarthe with the 82nd running Le Mans 24 Hours. Teams and drivers hit the track this morning for the final time before the start of the race for a warm-up session.

The #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid was the fastest overall with a best time of 3:23.731. Best of the three works Audis was right behind in second place. The #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by André Lottere, Benoit Tréluyer and Marcel Fassler with a best time of 3:23.741, just 0.010s behing the leading Toyota.

In third place the #7 Toyota followed by the two remaining Audis in fourth and fifth. The #3 Audi e-tron quattro of Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis and Filipe Albuquerque is fourth with a best time of 3:25.211. The #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the hands of Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené and Tom Kristensen is fifth with a best time of 3:27.617.

The two factory Porsche 919 Hybrids were sixth and seventh followed by the two Rebellion R-One Toyotas in eighth and ninth, the only two LMP1-L cars in the field.

Warm-up session LMP1 standing:

1 #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid 3:23.731
2 #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro 3:23.741
3 #7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid 3:24.196
4 #3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro 3:25.211
5 #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro 3:27.617
6 #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid 3:27.995
7 #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid 3:29.827
8 #12 Rebellion R-One Toyota 3:30.482
9 #13 Rebellion R-One Toyota 3:32.739

Photo credit: Audi Media