The opening qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours has been red flagged following a huge accident involving the JLOC Isao Noritake Lamborghini Murcielago.

Marco Apicella was at the wheel of the GT1 class machine when the incident occurred just over an hour into the session, with the car sustaining heavy damage after hitting the barriers. The Japanese entry had been lying 14th in class before the accident, with Apicella looking to lift the Murcielago up the order. The medical team is currently on the scene.

As the field waits in the pitlane, the #1 Audi of Emmanuele Pirro, Marco Werner and Frank Biela currently leads the way with a best time of 3min 28.301secs, putting the defending champions over a second clear of the leading Peugeot - the #8 908 of Stephane Sarrazin, Pedro Lamy and home favourite Sebastien Bourdais. Th3 #3 Audi and the sister Peugeot give the top of the times a somewhat symmetrical look in the early stages of qualifying - which runs for eight hours over four sessions.

Adrian Fernandez has posted the quickest LMP2 time to date in the Barazi-Epsilon entered Zytek in 13th overall, with GT1 lead by the #55 Team Oreca Saleen and GT2 headed by Scuderia Ecosse.