The leaders of a standings presented themselves in glorious form. Loïc Duval (F) in automobile series ‘2’ was a usually motorist to finish a path in reduction than 1m 48s – and not only once though twice. On his second and third drifting lap, posting 1m 47.801s and 1m 47.520s, respectively, he even significantly stayed next this mark. Allan McNish (GB) common a cockpit in subordinate with a Frenchman and finished a team’s performance. The dual team-mates achieved 1m 48.355s as their normal time of a 4 best laps. With that, a Championship leaders cumulative a indicate in a standings as well.
The sister car, designated as series ‘1’ and driven by Marcel Fässler (CH) and André Lotterer (D), had to acknowledge improved by 0.262 seconds. On a 5.514-kilometer track, a twin achieved an normal time of 1m 48.617s. Third place was clinched by challenger Toyota.
After a stormy day of use on Friday and cloudy skies in Saturday morning’s giveaway practice, a object came out above a Texan circuit in a subordinate event for a initial time. Air temperatures of 26 and lane temperatures of 37 degrees centigrade supposing an initial foretaste of a conditions in a 6-hour foe on Sunday.
The fifth of 8 World Championship rounds starts on Sunday during 11:00, internal time (18:00 German time). The foe can be watched on a internet by live streaming on www.audi-motorsport.com and on www.fiawec.com. In Germany, Eurosport will start to promote on Sunday, starting during 22:26 and will atmosphere a outline on Tuesday, starting during 22:30.
Quotes after qualifying
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “It’s good that we’re doing good on this lane that’s new for us and that both cars are on a front row. But Sunday is a essential day, as a good foe outcome is what eventually counts. But we consider that we’ve been means to ready ourselves good in a exam sessions.”
Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “From a indicate of view, we started a weekend in a autocratic and certain way. Like all a competitors, we had a bit of set-back yesterday with a continue conditions. That’s since currently it was critical to find a right stroke again. Today, we’ve seen a good opening though we’ve also got to acknowledge that a aspirant suffered a bit of set-back – which, obviously, we’re not wishing for anyone.”
Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “This is a flattering transparent outcome because, on average, a opening was dual and a half tenths of a second. The substructure currently was laid by a drivers who primarily took a wheel. Loïc Duval was impossibly quick nonetheless he’d done a mistake on his initial lap. That’s since his second and third laps were even some-more exceptional. Marcel Fässler was carrying a bit of a tough time today. Allan McNish and André Lotterer afterwards took over a cars and both gathering dual really good laps, though a disproportion between a path averages was already too large. It’s certain that all a drivers are feeling really gentle on a track.”
Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “I immediately felt gentle on this track. Now we’re on a stick position nonetheless that’s not so essential for a 6-hour race. But we scored a indicate in a Championship. Now we’ve got some some-more work to do for Sunday.”
Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “That was a really fit pursuit and a good group opening of a whole squad. Our automobile is really fast. Loïc and Allan showed a illusory gait in qualifying. Now we’ve scored another critical point. On Sunday, a prohibited and eager foe in high steam is available us.”
Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “Audi is on a front quarrel again with both cars. I’m happy that we’re on stick after only hardly blank it in Brazil. Compared with a foe we were good in a rain, and now we were on a dry lane as well. As a sister automobile is battling for a pretension too, conflict was clearly a best form of invulnerability in subordinate today.”
Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “I didn’t do a really good pursuit on my initial 3 drifting laps. we kept creation tiny mistakes. Only on my fourth path we was means to set my best personal time. That was a small too late. we was lacking a second good path time to grasp a good average.”
André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “I gave all and managed dual shining laps. Unfortunately, it wasn’t adequate for a tip mark on a grid. The others were a bit improved and scored another point. Still, we’ve got a good starting bottom for a race. Our Audi feels good.”
Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “That wasn’t an easy subordinate event though Audi showed superb performances with both cars. Loïc Duval was really quick on new tires and done no mistakes. But my dual team-mates battled for a stick position as well. It was fun to watch this good duel.”
1 Duval/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 48.355s
2 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 48.617s
3 Buemi/Davidson/Sarrazin (Toyota) 1m 49.696s
4 Beche/Heidfeld/Prost (Lola-Toyota) 1m 52.081s
5 Conway/Martin/Rusinov (Oreca-Nissan) 1m 54.951s
6 Brundle/Heinemeier Hansson/Pla (Morgan-Nissan) 1m 55.961s
7 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman (Morgan-Nissan) 1m 56.033s
8 Kaffer/Perez Companc/Minassian (Oreca-Nissan) 1m 56.248s
9 Graves/Junco/Walker (Oreca-Nissan) 1m 57.067s
10 Liuzzi/Rossiter/Weeda (Lotus) 1m 57.817s