|June 12, 2010
Source: Audi Communications Motorsport
· Allan McNish fastest in the rain
· Race preparations completed
· World premiere for the Audi R8 e-tron
Ingolstadt/Le Mans, – Audi Sport Team Joest has completed its preparations for the 78th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with a fastest time in the warm-up session. On a wet track Allan McNish recorded the quickest time of all 56 participants in the number 7 Audi R15 TDI.
With 3m 51.401s the Scotsman was over a second faster than the best Peugeot. The two other Audi R15 TDI prototypes were also quick in the difficult conditions in positions four and five. All nine Audi drivers have been driving in the warm-up session, all of them being happy with the handling of their cars despite the slippery track. “The race can come, we are well prepared,” said Allan McNish.
Dry conditions are forecast for the start of the race at 3 p.m. Allan McNish (#7), Marcel Fässler (#8) and Timo Bernhard (#9) have been nominated as start drivers for the three Audi R15 TDI prototpyes. As usual the drivers will rotate in alphabetical order during the race:
#7 McNish > Capello > Kristensen
#8 Fässler > Lotterer > Treluyer
#9 Bernhard > Dumas > Rockenfeller
Before the race starts, the five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela will pilot an Audi-e-tron technological show-piece based on the R8 around the race track. The high-performance electric sports car was presented on Friday evening in the pitlane of Le Mans.