Audi Easily Collects Le Mans Pole
LE MANS, France – Andre Lotterer put defending 24 Hours of Le Mans champions Audi on the pole for the second year in a row Thursday evening at Circuit de la Sarthe.
Lotterer, joined by Marcel Faessler and Benoit Treluyer, put the No. 2 Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro on the pole with a time of 3:23.787. Audi also claimed the second starting spot, with Romain Dumas, Loic Duval and Marc Gene filling the front row in the No. 3 Audi R18 Ultra.
Toyota Racing gave the Audi’s a strong challenge, but they were unable to break into the front row. Anthony Davidson will lead the No. 8 Toyota TS 030 Hybrid team that starts third overall and in the LMP1 class.
In LMP2, the No. 25 Oreca 03 – Nissan driven by John Martin claimed top qualifying honors. The No. 24 of Oak Racing starts alongside him with Morgan Judd at the wheel to start.
In GTE Pro, the No. 59 Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 Italia of Frederic Makowiecki shocked the field by claiming the pole. Aston Martin Racing’s Darren Turner qualified second, with Corvette Racing and Oliver Gavin in third.
Lastly, the No. 79 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 finished qualifying at the top of the board. The car will be shared by Seth Neimann, Spencer Pumpelly and Patrick Pilet.
The Nissan DeltaWing battled minor technical issues but ended the evening by qualifying 29th overall.