AUDI R15 TDI PASSES LE MANS SCRUTINEERING
Audi Sport Team Joest successfully took the first formal hurdle at the 78th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours when all three Audi R15 TDI cars passed the Technical Scrutineering at the Place des Jacobins in front of thousands of spectators.
"It's great that so many fans turned out for the Technical Scrutineering on a normal workday," said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. "This shows the enormous enthusiasm for the race at Le Mans."
Audi has been contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours since 1999 and uses the world's most important endurance race to test technological innovations. With a track record of eight victories, the brand with the four rings is the most successful automobile manufacturer in recent Le Mans history.
This year Audi aims to equal the record of Ferrari and celebrate its ninth victory. Only Porsche's track record reflects more wins. "We've done everything necessary to come well prepared," said Ullrich. "The squad is motivated and, unlike last year, well rested too. And we've got three strong driver teams capable of clinching victory."
On Monday, Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were at the Place des Jacobins to sign autographs. In 2008 they had secured Audi's last victory at Le Mans in the Audi R10 TDI.
Drivers Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Mike Rockenfeller and Benoit Treluyer were also in attendance and surrounded by fans.
The three Audi R15 TDIs will have their first outing on the track in free practice on Wednesday. The first qualifying session will follow shortly afterwards. "But we'll probably only know where we really stand compared with our rivals after the first hour of the race on Saturday," believes Audi factory driver Allan McNish.
For the two practice days, rain has been predicted at Le Mans. Weather conditions are expected to improve for the race.