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Sun shines on Audi in 1st practice session

LE MANS, France -- The sun danced around the Circuit du La Sarthe this afternoon brightening a day that at time was threatened by showers. It shined brightest on the Audi team as it posted the top four times again -- it did the same thing at the test day last Sunday. This time is was the No. 1 Audi of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, and Benoit Treluyer that took top time. Lotterer did the honors on lap 14 of his 15 laps young the course in 3:25.163 in the Audi R18 e-tron. The second e-tron car had the number two time with Tom Kristensen doing the honors with a lap that was 1331 second slower. The two e-tron cars were followed closely by the two Audi R18 Ultras to sweep qualifying. The No 3 Audi was their and the No 4 was fourth. However, the Toyota team was not that far off the pace in fifth and sixth place with the best time of the two entries  from Toyota 3.258 seconds off the pace. However, it was Toyota that showed its pedigree in turning the fastest speed in the first session of 332.1 kph. That was three kph faster than Audi's best effort that was turned in by the No. 4 R18 Ultra with Marco Bonanomi dialing up the fast Audi time. The Batmobile Delta Car, which is entered as an experimental car had a time that is competitive with the LMP2 cars. Top time for the LMP2 cars went to the Starworks Motorsport Honda-powered team driven by Thomas Kimber-Smith with a time 3:39.656. The Delta Wing, with the same power plant toured the course with a best time of 3:43.576. In the GT classes the Aston Martin Advantage turned turned the tables on the LM GTEPro field with top time. the first session. Darren Turner did the honors for the  Vantage team and pitched a time of 3.57.036. The Ferarri 458 Italia of Luxury  Racing had the second fastest time by a little more that four tenths of a second while the Vette of Corvette Racing turned the third fastest time, another two tenths behind. In LM GTEAm the Vantage again proved itself with a top time that was also faster than several of the GTPro cars. Allan Simonsen turned a 3:57.753 for top honors, a time that was faster than the majority of Pro cars.

Audi takes top three times; Toyota close behind for Sunday Test day at 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France -- The fight is on -- as the Audi team knew it would be. Although the team from Ingolstadt had the three fastest times during the Sunday test session at Circuit de la Sarthe, their main competition, the Toyota TS030 LMP1 hybrid, which is a new entry to the World Endurance Championship, showed that in its first year it will be a formable competitor, turning the fourth and fifth fastest times of the two sessions. The fastest Toyota was about a second and a quarter slower than the fastest Audi, in its first chance to run at the storied track. There is conjecture that the Toyota team was not showing everything that they had on its first session in Le Mans. Top time of the day went to Audi's Allan McNish who toured the nearly 8.5 mile long course in 3m 25.927 seconds in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Former Peugeot driver Alexander Wurtz had top time for the Toyota team with a 3m 27.204 lap but even McNish was impressed with how fast the Toyotas were out of the box at Le Mans noting, "The Toyotas amazed me. At top speed they were really much quicker than us!” McNish, while runnning in the second session also was a casualty of the famed Tertre Rouge corner as he slipped onto the grass and spun 360 degrees before impacting into the barricade ending the test session for the team. Fortunately this was after his teammates, Dindo Capellos and Tom Kristensen had had put in their seat time and after McNish has turned the top time of the day. "Dindo (Capello) already felt very comfortable in the new car and Tom (Kristensen) further improved balance. That meant I took over a car that was set up well for the areas of the track that have new tarmac. As always, grip was low on the dirty track at the beginning of the test day. I drove fast and consistent lap times. Unfortunately, toward the end while entering Tertre Rouge I briefly touched the grass, spun 360 degrees and touched the guard rails," he said of the shunt. The No. 21 Honda HPD was the speediest of the LMP1 cars with ‘classic’ petrol engines, with Danny Watts at the wheel. Watts' time 3m34.243 seconds was well off the times set by the Diesel Hybrids and the Toyota Hybrids. LMP2 saw Oak Racing dominate both test sessions as Olivier Pla did the honors in the No. 35 Morgan-Judd with a time 3m41.291 seconds. Nissan Delta Wing, albeit non-classified also treated race fans to its first laps at Le Mans. The futuristic car will run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans under the banner of the 56th Pit Box, but will not be classified. The Scotsman Marino Franchitti, who set a time of 3m47.980, was thrilled. “It was a perfect demonstration,” he explained. "No mechanical problems, easy to drive. It was very encouraging for the race and we know in which direction to go in order to gain performance.” In the GTE Pro category the 458 Ferrari with Frederic Makowieckiat the wheel turned top time of the day -- but just by a whisker over the No. 74 Corvette with Olivier Gavin at the wheel. Makowieckiat was .102 of a second faster around the track than the Vette. In the GTE AM category Allan Simonsen driving an Aston Martin Vantage V8 pushed the car around the track in 3:59.938 which was fastest of the day for the GTE AMs and a middle of the pack time for the GTE Pros.

Audi R18 wins 79th running of 24 Hours of Le Mans

3:00PM Le Mans, France - The Audi R18 driven by Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer, and Marcel Fassler has won the most prestigious endurance race there is, by a mere 13.854 seconds over the #9 Peugeot 908 driven by Simon Pagenaud. Both #2 Audi R18 and #9 Peugeot 908 pitted for their final fueling at the same time with about half an hour to go into the race, from then out it was a drag race to the end. The winning team covered 355 laps during the 24 hours, or 4,838km. In the last 24 hours, the teams driving at Le Mans have driven roughly 400km more than the entire F1 racing season. The Audi R18 used 42% less fuel for racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans than a team uses in the whole F1 season! As of this win, Audi has won more 24 Hours of Le Mans than Ferrari! Final Results:
pos # Team Class Driver Best Gap Last Laps   Pit
1 2 Audi Sport Team Joest -Audi R18 Tdi LMP1 Lotterer A. 3:25.289   3:36.284 355   31
2 9 Team Peugeot Total -Peugeot 908 LMP1 Pagenaud S. 3:26.298 13.854 3:34.552 355   28
3 8 Peugeot Sport Total -Peugeot 908 LMP1 Minassian N. 3:27.790 2 Laps 3:34.777 353   30
4 7 Peugeot Sport Total -Peugeot 908 LMP1 Gene M. 3:27.713 4 Laps 3:37.354 351   28
5 10 Team Oreca Matmut -Peugeot 908 Hdi-Fap LMP1 Lapierre N. 3:29.443 16 Laps 3:49.227 339   32
6 12 Rebellion Racing -Lola B 10/60 Coupe-Toyota LMP1 Jani N. 3:36.495 17 Laps 3:52.352 338   30
7 22 Kronos Racing -Lola Aston Martin LMP1 Leinders B. 3:39.803 27 Laps 3:57.637 328   32
8 41 Greaves Motorsport -Zytek Nissan LMP2 Lombard O. 3:43.883 29 Laps 4:11.671 326   29
9 26 Signatech Nissan -Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 Ayari S. 3:42.625 35 Laps 3:59.727 320   30
10 33 Level 5 Motorsports -Lola Coupe-Honda Performance LMP2 Bouchut C. 3:46.809 36 Laps 4:02.295 319   32
11 73 Corvette Racing -Chevrolet Corvette C6 Zr1 GTEPro Garcia A. 4:00.553 41 Laps 4:21.157 314   23
12 36 Rml -Honda Performance Development Arx 01 D LMP2 Collins B. 3:45.622 41 Laps 3:51.370 314   30
13 51 Af Corse Srl -Ferrari 458 Italia GTEPro Fisichella G. 3:59.415 41 Laps 4:34.720 314   21
14 49 Oak Racing -Oak Pescarolo-Bmw LMP2 Nakano S. 3:45.057 42 Laps 9:14.763 313   32
15 56 Bmw Motorsport -Bmw M3 Gt GTEPro Hand J. 3:58.876 42 Laps 4:09.856 313   23
16 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) GTEPro Lieb M. 4:00.221 43 Laps 4:15.808 312   22
17 76 Imsa Performance Matmut -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) GTEPro Narac R. 4:00.952 44 Laps 4:28.465 311   22
18 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) GTEPro Luhr L. 4:01.585 45 Laps 4:08.791 310   23
19 40 Race Performance -Oreca 03-Judd Bmw LMP2 Frey M. 3:44.546 51 Laps 4:27.903 304   29
20 50 Larbre Competition -Chevrolet Corvette C6 Zr1 NA Gardel G. 4:06.478 53 Laps 4:33.283 302   22
21 70 Larbre Competition -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) NA Gibon P. 4:04.546 54 Laps 4:59.586 301   21
22 65 Lotus Jetalliance -Lotus Evora GTEPro Mowlem J. 4:07.958 60 Laps 4:17.288 295   24
23 75 Prospeed Competition -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) GTEPro Van Lagen J. 4:00.980 62 Laps 4:05.164 293   23
24 66 Jmw Motorsport -Ferrari 458 Italia GTEPro Bell R. 4:01.480 65 Laps 4:10.371 290   23
25 35 Oak Racing -Oak Pescarolo-Judd Bmw LMP2 Da Rocha F. 3:50.658 67 Laps 4:39.563 288   25
26 68 Robertson Racing Llc -Ford Gt-Doran NA Robertson A. 4:07.417 70 Laps 4:42.509 285   24
27 83 Jmb Racing -Ferrari F430 NA Marroc N. 4:05.762 83 Laps 57:33.646 272   25
28 44 Extreme Limite Am Paris -Norma M200p-Judd Bmw LMP2 Haezebrouck P. 3:55.254 108 Laps 4:08.704 247   26
29 16 Pescarolo Team -Pescarolo Judd LMP1 Collard E. 3:34.472 50 Laps 3:49.452 305 RET 27
30 55 Bmw Motorsport -Bmw M3 Gt GTEPro Muller J. 3:59.708 79 Laps 4:08.293 276 RET 21
31 74 Corvette Racing -Chevrolet Corvette C6 Zr1 GTEPro Magnussen J. 3:59.815 144 Laps 4:01.876 211 RET 15
32 81 Flying Lizard Motorsports -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) NA Pumpelly S. 4:05.411 144 Laps 4:10.920 211 RET 17
33 48 Team Oreca Matmut -Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 Hallyday D. 3:41.536 155 Laps 4:03.729 200 RET 18
34 63 Proton Competition -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) NA Ried C. 4:03.613 156 Laps 4:19.044 199 RET 13
35 13 Rebellion Racing -Lola B 10/60 Coupe-Toyota LMP1 Boullion J. 3:37.102 165 Laps 4:38.731 190 RET 17
36 61 Af Corse Srl -Ferrari F430 NA Perazzini P. 4:04.288 167 Laps 6:54.472 188 RET 15
37 59 Luxury Racing -Ferrari 458 Italia GTEPro Ortelli S. 4:00.788 172 Laps 4:02.739 183 RET 12
38 71 Af Corse -Ferrari 458 Italia GTEPro Waltrip M. 4:03.057 177 Laps 4:51.857 178 RET 14
39 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton -Porsche 911 Rsr (997) GTEPro Al-Faisal A. 4:02.299 186 Laps 4:18.577 169 RET 12
40 42 Strakka Racing -Honda Performance Development Arx 01 D LMP2 Watts D. 3:44.820 211 Laps 3:59.380 144 RET 15
41 60 Gulf Amr Middle East -Aston Martin Vantage NA Wainwright M. 4:04.755 214 Laps 4:22.617 141 RET 12
42 39 Pecom Racing -Lola B11/40-Judd Bmw LMP2 Russo M. 3:45.283 216 Laps 3:49.383 139 RET 12
43 89 Hankook-Team Farnbacher -Ferrari 458 Italia GTEPro Farnbacher D. 4:01.390 218 Laps 4:13.392 137 RET 10
44 58 Luxury Racing -Ferrari 458 Italia GTEPro Jakubowski F. 4:02.357 219 Laps 4:08.680 136 RET 13
45 64 Lotus Jetalliance -Lotus Evora GTEPro Hartshorne J. 4:19.377 229 Laps 4:42.453 126 RET 9
46 57 Krohn Racing -Ferrari F430 NA Rugolo M. 4:05.181 232 Laps 4:12.177 123 RET 9
47 24 Oak Racing -Oak Pescarolo-Judd LMP1 Yvon J. 3:45.127 236 Laps 7:56.901 119 RET 10
48 1 Audi Sport Team Joest -Audi R18 Tdi LMP1 Rockenfeller M. 3:28.389 239 Laps 3:30.339 116 RET 10
49 5 Hope Racing -Oreca Swiss Hy Tech-Hybrid LMP1 Zacchia S. 3:50.255 240 Laps 16:02.254 115 RET 20
50 62 Crs Racing -Ferrari F430 NA Lynn S. 4:08.998 271 Laps 4:15.392 84 RET 6
51 15 Oak Racing -Oak Pescarolo-Judd LMP1 Monteiro T. 3:38.674 275 Laps 30:35.533 80 RET 15
52 79 Jota -Aston Martin Vantage GTEPro Buncombe C. 4:02.871 281 Laps 5:14.636 74 RET 6
53 20 Quifel-Asm Team -Zytek 09 Sc LMP1 Amaral M. 3:40.191 307 Laps 3:54.929 48 RET 4
54 3 Audi Sport North America -Audi R18 Tdi LMP1 Mcnish A. 3:28.462 341 Laps 3:30.265 14 RET 1
55 007 Aston Martin Racing -Aston Martin Amr-One LMP1 Mucke S. 3:48.099 351 Laps 2:52:46.828 4 RET 2
56 009 Aston Martin Racing -Aston Martin Amr-One LMP1 Fernandez A. 3:51.783 353 Laps 3:51.783 2 RET 0
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