Following the accident that saw the Audi R18 e-tron crashing at speeds in excess of 167mph, Audi Sport Team Joest worked tirelessly to re-assemble Audi R18 e-tron quattro on the base of a spare monocoque.
To everyone’s surprise, the impossible was achieved and three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were standing in the pits again on Thursday night.
Put to the test
With the number 1 Audi R18 rebuilt and passing technical scrutinising, it was ready to run again for second qualifying.
Second qualifying setbacks due to a defective sensor and guard caused minor holdups but in the final third qualifying, the newly rebuilt R18 e-tron was running without a problem.
Loic Duval suffered minor abrasions in the crash, with doctors disqualifying him as a precautionary measure. Driver Marc Gene will replace him in the rebuilt No. 1 car.
Chris Reinke (Head of LMP) said;
“This was an intensive day for the whole squad. Not only because we put in a night shift after the accident yesterday but also because we were obviously concerned about Loïc’s (Duval) condition. Now we’re all relieved that he’s well and has left the hospital.”
“We completed our program for qualifying with concentration and clearly placed the main focus on preparing for the race. All drivers are feeling comfortable in the car – that makes me optimistic that we’re going to deliver a solid and hopefully successful performance.”