Audi on pole for Nurburgring 24 Hours

Audi swept the first four places in qualifying for this weekend's 38th Nurburgring 24 Hours, with Marco Werner setting the time to put his R8 LMS on pole position

Audi on pole for Nurburgring 24 Hours

Three-time Le Mans winner Werner's best time, an 8m24.753s, was two seconds quicker than the Nordschleife's lap record and ensured that he and team-mates Mattias Ekstrom, Oliver Jarvis and Timo Scheider will start from pole.

"We are satisfied to be on pole, even though it isn't really a very important step for a 24-hour race, it's always nice to have," said Werner.

Three more Audi's - driven by the likes of Mike Rockenfeller, Emmanuel Collard, Lucas Luhr, Frank Biela and Marcel Fassler - will line up behind the lead R8 on the grid, the closest of which set a best time just eight tenths of a second slower over the 13 miles.

"That four of our customer cars occupy the first four grid positions underlines the qualities of the Audi R8 LMS on the world's longest and most demanding race track," said Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich.

The quickest of the Porsches will start from fifth place, with factory driver Richard Westbrook among the crew, after setting a time just three tenths of a second slower than the fourth-placed Audi.

The leading BMW qualified eighth, with Jorg Muller, Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy on board.

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