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Audi into pole after second session

Marcel Fassler puts Audi quickest after second qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours
Audi has moved into pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours following the second qualifying session, with a late lap from Marcel Fassler knocking Peugeot from the top of the pile.

Stephane Sarrazin had looked set to retain his place at the head of the timing sheets having improved on the quick lap posted on Wednesday night before Fassler managed to go 0.195secs quicker at the wheel of the #2 Audi R18.

Sarrazin, who suffered a number of spins while pushing hard towards the end of the second two-hour session, was unable to fight back having lost time in traffic on his final flying lap and was left second quickest, with the #7 Peugeot climbing up from fifth overnight to third.

All six factory diesels bettered their Wednesday times and extended their advantage over the Oreca-entered Peugeot 908 HDI, which failed to go as quickly as it did in the first qualifying session.

Pescarolo continue to head the petrol cars, just over seven seconds down on the benchmark lap.

Aston Martin meanwhile suffered another tough session with the new AMR One, with Harold Primat taking the rear wing of the #009 off with a spin on entering the start-finish straight and then being forced to pit again with smoke coming from the rear of the car. The #007 then lost its front left wing late in the session, with the two cars more than 20 seconds off the outright pace.

LMP2 pole is now held by the Signatech Nissan entry which managed to get ahead of the Strakka Racing HPD, which returned to action after the heavy accident suffered by Nick Leventis in the closing stages of Wednesday's session.

GTE-Pro is now topped by the AF Corse Ferrari with the BMW that had been on pole overnight ending the session in the barriers after Andy Priaulx went off on gravel deposited on circuit at the Ford Chicane after a spin for the Robertson Racing Ford GT.

Elsewhere in GTE-Pro, there was drama for Lotus Jetalliance as Jonathan Hirschi brought his car in trailing smoke and was unable to post a time.

Like GTE-Pro, the GTE-Am division is topped by AF Corse going into the final two hours of running prior to the race start on Saturday, with Marco Cioci setting the fastest time in the team's Ferrari 430.

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