Audi's head of motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich says his LMP1 squad focused on race performance rather than outright qualifying pace in the final sessions and isn't too concerned about losing out to Porsche.

The trio of Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro machines will line up on the Le Mans starting grid in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, behind the three Porsche 919 Hybrids.

Despite losing out to its German manufacturer rivals, Ullrich says it won't have an impact on its race and that Audi opted to concentrate on preparing its LMP1 machines for the race rather than hunting stronger single-lap pace.

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"We concentrated solely on working for the race again today," Ullrich said. "I am convinced that we are well prepared and have three very good race cars, in which our drivers feel comfortable. This is important for Le Mans."

Indeed, Ullrich feels tyre management could play a more crucial role than top-end performance as the race progresses, which was the reason behind focusing on setup during than qualifying.

"Using the tyres to their optimum will be an extremely crucial factor in the race," he added. "I think we are in a good position as far as this is concerned."

Audi's #7 R18 e-tron quattro, driven by Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer, has claimed victory in the opening two rounds of the 2015 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone and Spa and will start from fifth just behind the #8 of Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis.

The number 9 Audi, driven by Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and Rene Rast will start Le Mans 24 Hours from sixth place.