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2011 Le Mans Qualifying: Audi Claims Front Row

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Well, looks like Audi has this one wrapped as well! Two Audi R18 TDIs will start the big race at the front of the grid.

This is Audi’s first pole position since 2006, when they introduced the diesel-powered car and remained the king of the hill ever since. Benoît Tréluyer set a time of 3m 25.738s and clinched the top grid position for Audi. His French team-mate Romain Dumas was merely 0.061 seconds slower. This was the first pole position at Le Mans for Tréluyer, who together with Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer, will start from the grid in the number “2” Audi R18 TDI.

Tréluyer achieved the pole 30 minutes before midnight. Audi says the R18’s new LED lights has a lot to with his incredible performance and gave him the edge over the competition. With the pole position in the bag, Audi is confident of achieving its tenth Le Mans victory.

The 79th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be started on Saturday at 3 p.m. by FIA President Jean Todt.

Qualifying results

  1. Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 TDI) 3m 25.738s
  2. Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi R18 TDI) 3m 25.799s
  3. Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud (Peugeot) 3m 26.010s
  4. Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian (Peugeot) 3m 26.156s
  5. Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 TDI) 3m 26.272s
  6. Gene/Wurz/Davidson (Peugeot) 3m 26.272s
  7. Lapiere/Duval/Panis (Peugeot) 3m 30.084s
  8. Jani/Prost/Bleekemolen (Lola-Toyota) 3m 32.883s
  9. Collard/Tinseau/Jousse (Pescarolo-Judd) 3m 33.066s
  10. Belicchi/Boullion/Smith (Lola-Toyota) 3m 34.573s
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