AUDI SECURES LE MANS FRONT ROW

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The Audi team, along with its new closed cockpit R18 TDI racer, has taken first and second spot on the grid for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race – Audi’s sixth at the legendary event. Frenchman Benoît Tréluyer landed pole with a time of 3m 25.738s, incredibly just pushing team mate Romain Dumas into second spot by 0.061 seconds. Those pesky Peugeots occupied the second row, pushing Audi’s Tom Kristensen back into fifth place. Unfortunately, while trying to improve on his position, Kristensen hit a barrier at “Tertre Rouge,” causing substantial damage. This means the team has its work cut out, getting the car race-ready for Saturday afternoon.

Qualifying results

1 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 TDI) 3m 25.738s
2 Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi R18 TDI) 3m 25.799s
3 Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud (Peugeot) 3m 26.010s
4 Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian (Peugeot) 3m 26.156s
5 Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 TDI) 3m 26.272s
6 Gene/Wurz/Davidson (Peugeot) 3m 26.272s
7 Lapierre/Duval/Panis (Peugeot) 3m 30.084s
8 Jani/Prost/Bleekemolen (Lola-Toyota) 3m 32.883s
9 Collard/Tinseau/Jousse (Pescarolo-Judd) 3m 33.066s
10 Belicchi/Boullion/Smith (Lola-Toyota) 3m 34.573s

[Source: Audi Motorsport]


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