Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack

Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack

June 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Hybrid , Audi , Nissan , Toyota , Diesel There were times during the past two days of qualifying when it looked like Audi might own the first two rows of the starting grid for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans . The R18 e-tron quattro hybrid cars were running the quickest lap times, with the two diesel R18 Ultras following close behind. The two Toyota TS 030 hybrid cars were also quick, but it seemed they were always nipping at the heels of an Audi’s lap time, much like the Audis used to trail the faster Peugeots during qualifying for Le Mans races of the recent past. And we all know how that usually ended for Peugeot . So when the third and final qualifying session ended last evening, we were surprised to learn the starting grid had ended up as anything but expected. An Audi will have pole position, and a hybrid car at that, which marks the first time such a powertrain has earned the honor. The No. 1 R18 e-tron quattro beat all comers with a fastest lap of 3:23.787, nearly two seconds quicker than last year’s pole. Next to the first R18 e-tron quattro will be another R18, but not a hybrid. The No.

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