Audi says it can head into the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours race feeling 'thoroughly prepared' after a positive performance during the first official test day around the French circuit.

Chasing an unprecedented 13th win in 14 attempts this year, Audi will once again tackle the iconic endurance event with a trio of R18 e-tron LMP1 machines in an attempt to head off strong competition from Toyota and Porsche.

Indeed, though Toyota come into this year's event as the arguable favourites following a strong start to the FIA World Endurance Championship, Head of LMP at Audi Spport Chris Reinke is confident the German manufacturer has the ability to prevail.

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"We completed a long and extensive program on the test day. My thanks go to all the people involved in this project, who are looking back on some tough weeks and months. We're entering the race week with the feeling of being thoroughly prepared.

"We know how tough Le Mans will be this year. Now we're all focusing our joint efforts on a single big aim - we're set on battling for victory in two weeks from now."

During the test day, the No.3 Audi of Filip Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis was third fastest - behind the two Toyotas - with the No.1 R18 of Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi in fourth place, albeit with exactly the same time as its team-mates. The No.2 Audi of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer was sixth best.