Lucas di Grassi says becoming the first Brazilian winner of the classic Le Mans 24 Hours race would be a 'dream come true' for him, though he admits Toyota arguably have the edge over Audi at this moment.

Having made his debut in the iconic race last season driving a third Audi R18 alongside Oliver Jarvis and Marc Gene, di Grassi was promoted to a full-time Le Mans and World Endurance Championship race seat with the manufacturer this season, joining Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval in place of the retired Allan McNish.

Joining the team that won both the Le Mans 24 Hours race and the World Endurance Championship, di Grassi has been earmarked as an automatic favourite for this year's event, even if he believes Toyota - winners at Silverstone and Spa - are currently the manufacturer to beat.

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"We had a very good race in Spa where we finished behind one of the Toyota's," he told "We are struggling on top speed and acceleration compared to the other cars, which is due to a lot of factors, but we are working hard to improve. We did the best we could in Spa, so now we have tests with new aero parts for Le Mans, which are special for that race.

"They [Toyota] have the regulations well thought out. They have a lot of power and they are reliable. The cars are complex this year, so reliability is an issue, but Audi had some bugs in the software. Toyota are the favourites overall, but we are fighting to get up there so I think we will be more competitive for Le Mans."

With Audi targeting its 13th win in 14 attempts and Kristensen eyeing a record 10th Le Mans triumph, di Grassi will have his own personal objective to achieve by winning the event, since he would become the first Brazilian to do so...

"I have two great team-mates, so if we are able to win that race it will be a dream come true because no Brazilian has ever won the race, so I am really pushing hard for it!"