Audi sweeps Le Mans testing ahead of 24 Hour

 

Audi sweeps test weekend at Le Mans

Audi sweeps test weekend at Le Mans

Loic Duval recovered from nasty crash to lead Audi to a sweep of the top three times in testing for the Le Mans 24 Hour.

Duval ended up nailing a 3:22.583s lap around the La Sarthe circuit in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Earlier he had a heavy whack in the #2 machine he shares with Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish at Tertre Rouge.

The #3 Audi of Lucas di Grassi was second three seconds down on Duval’s best with the #1 Audi of Andre Lotterer third.

Toyota, fielding a twin LMP1 attack of TS030 Hybrids, finished fourth with the #8 car piloted by Stephane Sarrazin. The fourth Audi of Marco Bonanomi split the Toyota entries in fifth with Japanese giant’s #7 of Alex Wurz sixth.

In the lead-up to the marathon on June 22-23, the LMP2 field was headed by Olivier Pla in the OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan.

Aussie John Martin clocked the 13th best time to be fourth fastest among the LMP2 runners in the G-Drive Oreca-Nissan.

Two of Martin’s compatriots Ryan Briscoe and Jason Bright, having their Le Mans debuts, were also in action in their respective classes.

Briscoe was 25th outright in the LMP2 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX 03B-Honda.

BJR V8 Supercars driver Bright saw the Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia in the LM GTE AM class he is sharing go 55th outright after the test weekend.

Ex-F1 driver Karun Chandhok clocked the 22nd fastest overall time in the Murphy Prototypes Oreca-Nissan he is sharing with topline Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley who did not do any running.

 

 

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