Audi is planning on taking the win at this year’s 24 hours of Nurburgring and they’re getting of to a great start as the qualifying session for the event ended with four examples of the R8 LMS racer filling out the first four grid positions for this weekend’s race.
This is a momentous achievement as it will be the first time in the history of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring that an Audi will start from pole position.
Three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner finished first in an Audi R8 LMS run by ABT Sportsline and he did this while breaking the existing lap record for the current Nürburgring circuit layout by almost two seconds with a lap time of 8 minutes and 24.753 seconds.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Motorsport, stated that this result is proof of the qualities of the Audi R8 LMS and is a great way to advertise their new customer car that took two-and-a-half years to develop.
Here’s a short list of the starting grid for this weekend’s race:
1 Ekström/Jarvis/Scheider/Werner (Audi R8 LMS) 8m 24.753s
2 Basseng/Rockenfeller/Stippler/Stuck (Audi R8 LMS) 8m 25.568s
3 Abt/Collard/Luhr/Mies (Audi R8 LMS) 8m 27.967s
4 Biela/Fässler/Hennerici/Kaffer (Audi R8 LMS) 8m 29.250s
5 Arnold/Menzel/Westbrook/Margaritis (Porsche) 8m 29.521s
6 Mamerow/Henzler/Hardt (Porsche) 8m 29.779s
7 Lieb/Bernhard/Dumas/Tiemann (Porsche) 8m 30.323s
8 Müller/Farfus/Alzen/Lamy (BMW) 8m 32.861s
9 Bergmeister/Lietz/Holzer/Ragginger (Porsche) 8m 34.427s
10 Alzen/Schwager/Jäger/Bert (Porsche) 8m 34.906s