Yes, Peugeot did go 1-2-3-4 in todays first qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. So what! Peugeot has the speed. They’ve had it and everyone knows it. Can Audi match a 3:19.711? We’d like to hope so but if not race preparation means more to us than posting a headline that says AUDI WINS POLE! The Audi crew are thinkers, strategist and solvers. They are planning for Sunday’s win. Enough said.
Audi Sport Team Joest used the entire first day of practice for Le Mans 24 Hours to prepare for the race. The Audi drivers were not looking for the ultimate lap times in Wednesday’s first qualifying session. The Audi squad instead used the full six hours to evaluate different set-up options and tires for the race. Timo Bernhard was setting the fastest time. After the first qualifying sessions the three Audi R15 TDI prototypes are in 5th, 6th and 7th position respectively. Two further qualifying sessions are scheduled for Thursday evening.
Results Qualifying 1
1 Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud (Peugeot) 3m 19.711s
2 Gené/Wurz/Davidson (Peugeot) 3m 20.317s
3 Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian (Peugeot) 3m 20.325s
4 Panis/Lapierre/Duval (Peugeot) 3m 21.192s
5 Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi R15 TDI) 3m 23.578s
6 Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi R15 TDI) 3m 24.430s
7 Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R15 TDI) 3m 24.688s
8 Fernandez/Mücke/Primat (Lola-Aston Martin) 3m 26.680s
9 Barazi/Hancock/Turner (Lola-Aston Martin) 3m 26.747s
10 Ragues/Mailleaux/Ickx (Lola-Aston Martin) 3m 29.774s
12 Bouchut/Tucker/Rodrigues (Audi R10 TDI) 3m 30.907s
13 Albers/Bakkerud/Jarvis (Audi R10 TDI) 3m 31.661s
- Audi Motorsport