In a cockpits of a dual Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars, Marcel Fässler (CH) and Allan McNish (GB) fought a tighten duel for a tip mark on a grid in a 15-minute subordinate eventuality on Friday afternoon. In a end, a Swiss with a razor-thin advantage of 0.009 seconds prevailed opposite his Scottish team-mate. The two-time Le Mans leader and stream World Endurance Champion took his initial stick position in a Le Mans antecedent and his initial one as an Audi bureau driver.
Fässler on his fourth drifting path managed environment a time of 1m 43.886s. The Audi racer so kick a fastest time of a conventionally powered Audi R18 TDI from final year by roughly dual seconds – as good as a prior subordinate lane record set by Marco Werner in 2007 in a Audi R10 TDI (1m 44.974s).
At a – provisionally – final final run of an LMP1 sports automobile during Sebring, Fässler is pity a cockpit of a 2012-specification R18 with Oliver Jarvis (GB) and Benoît Tréluyer (F). Lucas di Grassi (BR), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB) are pushing a 2013-specification Audi R18 e-tron quattro that is celebrating a racing entrance in Florida and finished initial exam laps in a many stream pattern on Monday. An collision by Allan McNish in Thursday morning’s giveaway use cost profitable lane time.
For Audi, this outlines a tenth stick position in sum during 14 events during Sebring. The code with a 4 rings has so distant won a U.S. continuation classical an equal series of times. In spin 1, Audi is exhibiting 4 of a Sebring-winning cars this weekend. In further to a Audi bureau drivers who are active during Sebring, 4 Sebring winners – Frank Biela (D), Dindo Capello (I), Emanuele Pirro (I) and Marco Werner (D) – are on location.
The 61st using of a 12-hour foe during Sebring will start on Saturday during 10:30, internal time (15:30 CET).
Quotes after qualifying
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “Qualifying was a stirring eventuality given both of a cars were always unequivocally tighten together. The outcome is a unequivocally good starting bottom for a race. The foe nonetheless will uncover us nonetheless that a gaps won’t sojourn as comfortable. The dual positions on a front quarrel are a good prerogative for a joining of a whole patrol and ideal proclivity as well.”
Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “Qualifying nonetheless again showed what we’ve been observant here a whole time. Whenever a dual cars are out on lane together we’re experiencing a quarrel in a operation of hundredths. That’s good and promises a stirring race. Still, we’ve got to watch out for a foe given a conditions can spin a lot closer on Saturday. We’ll need a few hours before meaningful how a relations energy in a margin will vessel out then.”
Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “It was a unequivocally good feeling to stand out of a automobile and see my name during a unequivocally tip of a time monitor. It was another impossibly tighten duel between Allan (McNish) and me – this time we came out on tip in a end. Aside from a stirring subordinate session, this is apparently a ideal starting bottom for a foe on Saturday.”
Oliver Jarvis (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “I adore motorsport in a USA. we already had a good entrance during Daytona and with a stick position of a automobile here I’m experiencing a subsequent prominence right away. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do. There’s so most that can occur in a 12-hour foe – not usually with honour to a sister automobile though also per a rest of a competition.”
Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “Simply cool! we like this lane and a singular atmosphere here during Sebring. Marcel (Fässler), Oliver (Jarvis) and we simply feel gentle as a group of 3 – in a automobile usually like in a pits and off a track. It was fun to watch Marcel in qualifying. He gave all and afterwards got out of a automobile with a large grin.”
Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “This is my initial ever foe weekend in a USA. The whole week has been a good knowledge and now I’m looking brazen to a race. For a time being, this will be Audi’s final run here during Sebring and that creates it a unequivocally special event. I’ll be giving my best and am happy to have dual team-mates in Allan (McNish) and Tom (Kristensen) who have already done story with Audi.”
Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “I’ve got to acknowledge that we feel a bit of unhappiness meditative about all a years and a races we gifted here during Sebring. This weekend we’ll be observant goodbye for a moment. There’s a good foe forward of us with clever competition, above all of march a sister car. We’re lacking a bit of pushing time from Thursday and we usually arrived during Sebring during a final impulse – still, I’m assured that we’ve got a good possibility of winning here on Audi’s final run.”
Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “What a subordinate session! Although we approaching it to spin into a duel between a dual Audi cars we wouldn’t have suspicion that a outcome would be this close. The conditions on a lane have invariably softened given yesterday so that we was means to unequivocally push.”
The starting grid during Sebring
1 Fässler/Jarvis/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 43.886s
2 di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 43.895s
3 Prost/Heidfeld/Jani (Lola-Toyota) 1m 46.456s
4 Graf/Luhr/Dumas (HPD-Honda) 1m 46.478s
5 Beche/Cheng/Belicchi (Lola-Toyota) 1m 46.689s
6 Dyson/Smith/Leitzinger (Lola-Mazda) 1m 48.407s
7 Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe (HPD-Honda) 1m 51.159s
8 Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud (HPD-Honda) 1m 51.271s
9 Kimber-Smith/Zugel/Lux (Zytek) 1m 51.366s
10 Sharp/Cosmo/Brabham (HPD-Honda) 1m 52.703s
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