The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours is already turning into a dramatic event; and that was only on the first day of practice!
Loïc Duval’s terrifying crash in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro caused substantial delays, and a lot of worried faces. Luckily he walked away from the 170 mph crash with just minor grazes. The evening qualifying session was also filled with a number of incidents, but in the end it was first blood to the Porsche team. The 919 Hybrids claimed the top two positions in qualifying, with the Number 20 car of Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernard and Mark Webber (yes, of not being as quick as Seb Vettel fame) on provisional pole. Volkswagen Group rivals Audi could only manage fifth and sixth on the provisional grid.
What the first night also produced was some stunning photography. Here we’ve highlighted our favourites of the two German giants battling it out on track:
There’s still lots more running to come, if everyone can avoid triggering more red flags. EngageSportMode will bring you more news and photos from Le Mans as the weekend unfolds.