Benoit Treluyer says Audi has set its cars up for race pace and the #2 car was unable to complete a representative qualifying lap at Le Mans.

Andre Lotterer was sent out to attempt a quick qualifying time with half an hour remaining of the final qualifying session but was hampered by a slow zone on track and ended up a second slower than the lead Audi meaning the #2 car start from sixth place.

Asked what could have been achieved without the slow zone, Treluyer replied: "It's difficult to say.

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"We have seen that even with the slow zone Andre still did quite nice sector times and we were really waiting for a good lap time but it's not the most important. We knew that we could have something wrong like that at the end of the session; it could have been a red flag or the slow zone like it was.

"We were not really happy with that but it's like this, the car is very complex and we have to set it up perfectly for the race. It takes time and it was the plan to set up the car well. We were ready to do the lap time at the end but we couldn't do it, but I think we were a bit closer to Porsche and Toyota, although it would have for sure been difficult to be on pole."

Of the car itself, Treluyer described it as "an amazing car" and believes it will be enjoyable to race.

"Of course we are getting better and better. The car this year is really, really great. The first time I jumped in I was really impressed at the agility and the power delivery and everything. It is a very complex car, very high technology and when you set it up perfectly it is an amazing car. It's really nice to drive, gives you a lot of pleasure and to be part of this high-technological development is really nice to play with and I really love to drive the car."