​Both Audi cars on third row at Le Mans

Audi R18 (2016) #7 (Audi Sport Team Joest), Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer

  • Difficult conditions on both qualifying days
  • Better weather forecast for the race weekend
  • Hollywood star Jason Statham keeps his fingers crossed for Audi

The two Audi R18 cars of Audi Sport Team Joest are going to tackle the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours from the third row. Changeable weather made for difficult conditions on both qualifying days and a grid of little indicative value.

For Saturday and Sunday better weather with only little rain has been forecast at Le Mans. The 84th running of the iconic French endurance race will be started on Saturday at 15:00 CEST by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt. Action star Jason Statham will be a guest of Audi Sport at Le Mans this weekend and keeping his fingers crossed for the Audi drivers. The TV channel Eurosport will be airing live coverage of the entire race starting at 14:15. At www.audi-motorsport.com and in the new Audi Sport App, live streaming will be available with on-board footage and telemetry data from the two Audi R18 cars.

Qualifying results

1 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) 3m 19.733s
2 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche) 3m 20.203s
3 Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin (Toyota) 3m 20.737s
4 Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima (Toyota) 3m 21.903s
5 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18) 3m 22.780s
6 di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi R18) 3m 22.823s
7 Imperatori/Kraihamer/Tuscher (Rebellion-AER) 3m 26.586s
8 Heidfeld/Piquet/Prost (Rebellion-AER) 3m 27.348s
9 Kaffer/Trummer/Webb (CLM-AER) 3m 34.168s
10 Stevens/Rast/Rusinov (Oreca-Nissan) 3m 36.605s

Before the Le Mans 24 Hours the weather went haywire. That is why the starting grid has little indicative value. Quotes before the most important endurance race of the year.

Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 #8): “Our week has been anything but easy so far: rarely constant conditions, rain again and again, and the few laps in normal conditions aren’t very conclusive. Still, we have a car that’s basically well prepared for the 24 hours of racing. We have a strong team backing us, the car has developed well during the course of our tests and we’re in contention. Now we still need the necessary racing fortune.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 #8): “The conditions were really tricky. Maybe that wasn’t so bad for preparing for the race when we may be confronted with similar weather changes. On Wednesday, I wasn’t so happy yet with our rain set-up. That was better on Thursday. On a dry track we were competitive anyway. We could see once more that the fans can look forward to a really close battle between Porsche, Toyota and Audi.”

Oliver Jarvis (Audi R18 #8): “Due to the weather conditions and the red flags it was a pretty difficult qualifying session. But the conditions were the same for all the teams. We’d like to start further towards the front but obviously we know that the position you finish in is a lot more important. We’re optimistic for the race. It might become one of the craziest races here I’ve ever participated in. The reliability of the cars will play an important role. I’m excited about the race starting shortly.”