Audi on song
Audi cars occupy top four positions in Le Mans
Last Updated: June 17, 2012 3:23pm
Allan McNish: Played his part as Audi continue to dominate in Le Mans
Audi continued to dominate the 2012 Le Mans 24 hour race with their cars occupying the top four positions as dawn broke over the track.
The first R18 e-tron Quattro hybrid car led the way as it did for much of the opening day with a decent gap back to the sister car in second place.
The two R18 Ultras followed next in sequence although the No.3 car was further back following Romain Dumas' accident on Saturday.
Both e-tron Quattros did not have things all their own way however as the No.1 car spun during the early hours of this morning with Allan McNish taking the lead in the other car.
Andre Lotterer then steered the No.1 car back into the lead before both cars were then involved in minor collisions once the sun had come up.
Marcel Fassler had to take avoiding action in the lead car and his resulting trip across the gravel saw him make contact with the tyre wall with the damaged bodywork replaced at the next pit stop.
The second-placed e-tron Quattro had a small coming together with a LMGTE Porsche whilst being driven by Tom Kristensen but no time was lost.
The main threat to an Audi whitewash originally came from Toyota but by the midway point of the race both TS030 hybrids had retired.
Anthony Davidson suffered broken vertebrae after his Toyota had been clipped by a LMPGTE car whilst the other retired in the 11th hour following technical issues that saw the team drop down the field after briefly leading on Saturday.
Briton Thomas Kimber-Smith was at the wheel of the Starworks Motorsport Honda which was leading the LMP2 class as the 18th hour approached.
Martin Brundle, who will enjoy Father's Day driving with son Alex in Greaves Motorsport's Zytek Nissan, was running eighth in class.
Another ex-Formula One driver led the LMGTE field with Giancarlo Fisichella in the AF Corse Ferrari.