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>>There's always a lot of talk during the race commentary about how Le Mans has become a 24 hour sprint. Certainly that is true relative to years past. But it is highlighted when you look at a comparison between the average qualifying laps and the fastest race laps as set by the Audi R8 squads over the years.
>>2000 Audi R8 times, qaulifying/race:
>>2001 Audi R8 times, qaulifying/race:
Average time difference, qualifying to race: 6.745 seconds
>>2002 Audi R8 times, qaulifying/race:
>>2003 Audi R8 times, qualifying/race:
>>2004 Audi R8 times, qualifying/race:
These times help highlight one of the R8's strengths, the ability to be driven at a high percentage of its fastest (qualifying) time. Five years on and the R8 has continued success which is testimony to Audi's initial investment.
Time data compiled from the 2004 ACO website and the 2000-2003 ACO Le Man annuals