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Audi on second row at Le Mans
- Audi R8 sports cars third, fifth and eighth on the grid
- Allan McNish fastest Audi driver in qualifying
- Record-crowd and heat battle expected
Despite the handicaps imposed by the regulations, the Audi R8 makes a good impression in its sixth and last start at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Audi factory driver Allan McNish (Team ADT Champion Racing) set the third-fastest time shortly after 10 p.m. in Thursday’s final qualifying session. Thus, the best-placed R8 will start the race on Saturday from the second row of the grid. Formula 1 test driver Franck Montagny secured Audi PlayStation Team ORECA the fifth spot on the grid at their first Le Mans entry with an Audi. The second “American” R8 will start the race from the fourth row.