June 22nd, 2013
Audi pulled clear of Toyota in the second hour of the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, although the latter led for the first time due to its superior fuel economy. It was the Japanese marque that had stormed up the order in the opening laps of the race, but after a lengthy safety-car period in the first hour the pattern was reversed, with Audi coming to the fore. Andre Lotterer edged away from the chasing pack in the #1 R18 e-tron quattro, while behind him Toyota men Nicolas Lapierre and Anthony Davidson slipped back behind the sister R18s of Allan McNish and Lucas di Grassi.
June 20th, 2013
Loic Duval hung on to pole position for the 81st running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Audi scored its first lockout of the top three grid spots since 2002 at the circuit. Frenchman Duval moved to the top of the timesheets early on during Wednesday night’s first session, setting a 3m22.349s in the #2 R18 e-tron quattro he shares with Briton Allan McNish and Dane Tom Kristensen. A combination of bad weather and several red flag interruptions had effectively frozen the timesheets after the opening hour of Wednesday’s first session, making late improvements seem unlikely.