The three Audi R18 TDI cars of Audi Sport Team Joest have completed the warm-up for the Le Mans 24 Hours without any problems. Car number “3” is in perfect shape again as well.
After Tom Kristensen’s accident in Thursday’s qualifying the R18 TDI was completely dismantled and rebuilt. As early as on Friday afternoon the car was back on its wheels. After a brief check at the beginning of the warm-up session Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were immediately able to drive consistently fast lap times.
All nine Audi drivers participated in the 45-minute warm-up practice – and all nine made positive comments about the handling of the Audi R18 TDI so that no major modifications will be necessary before the start of the race. The three Audi R18 TDI cars occupied positions two, three and four. The fastest laps were not completed, however, in order to be able to make the driver changes as scheduled.
At the start of the race at 3 p.m. (CEST) Timo Bernhard (#1) Benoit Treluyer (#2) and Allan McNish (#3) will be at the wheel of the three Audi R18 TDI cars. During the race they will take turns in alphabetical order:
Audi R18 TDI #1: Timo Bernhard > Romain Dumas > Mike Rockenfeller
Audi R18 TDI #2: Benoit Treluyer > Marcel Fassler > Andre Lotterer
Audi R18 TDI #3: Allan McNish > Dindo Capello > Tom Kristensen