Allan McNish insisted that the times posted during practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours don't give a true indication of the pace expected in qualifying, after the six hour session was hit by poor weather.
McNish posted a quickest time of 3min 30.708secs during the early stages of the session at the wheel of the #1 Audi R15 TDi to lead a one-two for the new car – with Marco Werner slotting into second place.
However, the onset of rain at La Sarthe ensured that none of the 55 cars were able to chase quick laps as the evening wore on, with the focus instead turning to ensuring that drivers completing their mandatory laps while also working on wet weather running should rain affect the race.
With that in mind, McNish admitted that the times set weren't fully representative although the Scot was happy with the work Audi had been able to carry out ahead of the R15s La Sarthe bow.
“It was damp in places when I set the fastest time early in the session but there was no grip so it's an unrepresentative time as to what can be achieved in qualifying,” he said. “It was the first time our new R15 TDI had run a lap at Le Mans and we've learned a lot tonight, collecting valuable data from all three cars.”