Lucas Luhr and Emanuele Pirro ensured that Audi will start from the front two row of the grid at Road America after a solid showing in qualifying for the latest round of the American Le Mans Series.

Luhr secured his first pole in Audi colours during the session as he posted a lap time of 1min 46.935secs during the session at the wheel of the #2 R10 he shares with Marco Werner which gave the German pole position by almost half a second ahead of the Acura of Franck Montagny.

Luhr was the only driver during the session to lap below the 1min 47secs marker and his time was also more than seven-tenths of a second quicker than the lap record held by Audi driver Allan McNish.

"A pole is always nice. And achieving a small record makes it of course even sweeter," he said. "Personally, I don't care too much about this, I always want to be as far in front as possible. We've done that. The car was good. I made a small mistake on my quickest lap, it would have probably been possible to be one or two tenths faster.

"But nevertheless I am happy and satisfied. We even do not have to do much more for the race because we already have a good race set-up too."

Pirro posted a best time of 1min 47.579secs to secure his place on the second row of the grid in the #1 car, with Marcel Fassler coming into the Audi line-up for the first time to partner the Italian this weekend.

"I'm quite satisfied," Pirro said. "We started with losing one part of the first session due to small problems and with a car quite far from a good balance. It took us a long time to catch back up. Even during the qualifying session we improved the car. I think we are 90 percent good now and we can look forward to the race. With full tanks the car is good."