Audi Hybrid dominate

The second free practice session, which began 25 minutes late due to an incident in Radical Masters, one of the support races, was also been shortened after the Lola-Judd of Status GP left the track at the top of the steep slope of Eau Rouge.

The Audi hybrid #1 driven by Fässler, Lotterer and Treluyer, the winning trio of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2011, once again set the fastest time of the session with a lap of 2’03”075, credited to the German speaking driver, well known to fans of Japanese championship Formula Nippon and SuperGT. Allan McNish, Oliver Jarvis and Loïc Duval complete the top four, followed by former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld in the Lola-Toyota #12 of Rebellion Racing.

Olivier Pla led the way in LMP2 with the Morgan-Judd #24 of OAK Racing with a time of 2’10’058, improving by nearly six tenths of the time achieved by Soheil Ayari before the lunch break. The Lola-Judd of Status GP occupied second place, (as it did in the first free practice session), before leaving the track. Third was the Oreca-Nissan #26 of Signatech-Nissan driven by Nelson Panciatici, a rookie in endurance racing who has adapted quickly to his new discipline.

Porsche took control of LMGTE Pro, with factory driver Marc Lieb, who set a lap time of 2’19”668. The German driver who holds a PhD, was the only driver in the class down below 2’20 despite repeated efforts of Darren Turner for Aston Martin and Gianmaria Bruni for Ferrari (AF Corse).

The domination of Porsche in the GT classes was total at the end of the afternoon, Nicolas Armindo climbing to the front of LMGTE Am for IMSA Performance Matmut with a lap of 2’21” 874 or more a second ahead of the the #70 Corvette of Larbre Competition. The #88 Porsche Team Felbermayr-Proton was demoted to third position, having been fastest after the first session.

The cars and drivers take the track tomorrow morning for a final practice session before tackling qualification in the afternoon.

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5 Comments on Audi Hybrid dominate

  1. Wow, I thought the Audi e-tron Quattro would be at least a second or two faster then the conventional Audi R18 Ultra’s.
    Just to be sure, Toyota LMP1 hybrid has the same rule with the hybrid system only being activated at 74mph??? just making sure! I read, Toyota wants to have the “fastest” LMP1 car on the track…It seems like it will take the place of Peugeot 908 in terms of speed! we shal see on the early June test day and qualifying/race day! anyway,
    Go Audi R18 TDI e-tron Quattro!!!! I hope Allan McNish wins this year!

    Let me know what you think about which LMP1 car (Audi or Toyota) with habe the outright pace and highest top speed at Le Mans 24 hours! Thanks!!

  2. I expect Toyota to be on the pace of Audi, but even now it seems many teams have not really put in laps that show their full potential, the new Lola is a couple of seconds off the Audi out of the box, which isn’t bad over a 2 minute lap. I expect pole to be a 2.00 with the best petrol car around 2.02, should it be dry. Re. the HPD’s I wonder if the open cockpit design is showing it’s limitations, although JRM and Strakka haven’t done a great deal of running, and it seems the race will be wet, so don’t see a great deal of benefit pushing for a dry set-up.

  3. BTW Toyota’s hybrid can be activated at any speed as it’s on the rear wheels, the 74mph limit is for hybrids on the front, it’s an attempt to minimise the benefts of 4wd.

  4. Thanks JAG for clarifying on the use of Hybrid technology! But does that mean Toyota can still have limitations on how long they use their hybrid technology before they have to recover during braking.. I believe they recover pwer the same way Audi will!

  5. Still have 500KJ capacity limit which lasts for five or so seconds before they need to recover more energy. In 2014 the proposal is for 8MJ capacity, so sixteen times greater, but to compensate cars without hybrid systems will be allowed more power from the combustion engine. It seems the ACO are going to switch from air restrictors to fuel flow limters and allocate each team with a certain amount of energy/fuel.

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