The most prestigious endurance event is also on this weekend, with the running of the La Mans 24 Hours race featuring a host of former F1 pilots.Le Mans 24 Hours

The last few events at the famous event have seen the home favourite, Peugeot, dominate proceedings, and the all-important qualifying session simply served to hammer home its superiority over its main rivals Audi, as the French marque locked out the top-three positions on the grid in the lead-up to today’s mighty race.

Former Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Bourdais – incidentally, born in Le Mans – was the man to clinch pole position, much to the delight of the partisan home crowd, with his time of 3:19.711 proving good enough to snatch pole position.

One-time Minardi driver Stéphane Sarrazin, who had taken the previous three pole positions at the circuit, was denied the chance of a fourth consecutive pole when the #2 car was given to Nicolas Minassian for the final tilt at the top spot on the grid.

Audi’s all-new R15 managed to close the gap to the dominant Peugeot 908s, with former Toyota F1 driver Allan McNish improving into the 3:22 range.

2010 Le Mans 24 Hours Session Times:

Drivers Class Team Time
1. Lamy / Bourdais / Pagenaud P1 Peugeot 908 3:19.711
2. Wurz / Davidson / Gené P1 Peugeot 908 + 0.606
3. Montagny / Sarrazin / Minassian P1 Peugeot 908 + 0.614
4. Panis / Lapierre / Duval P1 ORECA Peugeot 908 + 1.481
5. Bernhard / Dumas / Rockenfeller P1 Audi R15 + 2.270
6. Kristensen / McNish / Capello P1 Audi R15 + 2.465
7. Fassler / Lotterer / Treluyer P1 Audi R15 + 3.894
8. Mucke / Fernandez / Primat P1 Lola Aston Martin + 6.969
9. Turner / Hancock / Barazzi P1 Lola Aston Martin + 7.036
10. Ayari / Andre / Meyrick P1 ORECA 01-AIM + 9.795
11. Mailleux / Ragues / Ickx P1 Signature Aston Martin + 10.063
12. Bouchut / Tucker / Rodrigues P1 Kolles Audi R10 + 11.196
13. Jarvis / Albers / Bakkerud P1 Kolles Audi R10 + 11.950
14. Pirro / Cocker / Drayson P1 Drayson Lola + 12.151
15. Watts / Kane / Leventis P2 Strakka HPD ARX-01 + 13.368
16. Jani / Andretti / Prost P1 Rebellion Lola + 13.779
17. Brabham / Franchitti / Werner P2 Highvroft HPD + 14.826
18. N. Mansell / G. Mansell / L. Mansell P1 Beechdean Ginetta + 17.186
19. Belicchi / Boullion / Smith P1 Rebellion Lola + 17.382
20. Erdos / Newton / Wallace P2 RML Lola HPD + 19.937
21. Hughes / Amaral / Pla P2 ASM Ginetta-Zytek + 20.821
22. Moreau / Charouz / Lahaye P2 Oak Pescarolo + 21.599
23. Lewis / Burgess / Willman P1 Autocon Lola-AER + 23.456
24. Pirri / Ciocci / Perrazzini P2 Racing Box Lola + 28.260
25. Greaves / Ojjeh / Chalandon P2 Bruichladdich + 31.478
26. Noda / Pourtales / Kennard P2 KSM Lola Judd + 31.599
27. Hein / Nicollet / Yvon P2 Oak Pescarolo + 32.297
28. Schell / da Roca / Zollinger P2 Pegasus Norma + 33.126
29. P. Salini / S. Salini / Gommendy P2 WR/Salini WR + 33.398
30. Rostan / Meichtry / Bruneau P2 Race Perf. Radical + 34.231
31. Enge / Nygaard / Kox GT1 YD Aston Martin + 35.314
32. Leinders / Palttala / de Doncker GT1 Marc VDS Ford GT + 35.645
33. Grosjean / Mutsch / Hirschi GT1 Matech Ford GT + 35.872
34. Jousse / Gouselard / Massen GT1 Alphand Corvette + 39.099
35. Policand / Gregoire / Hart GT1 Alphand Corvette + 39.195
36. Bruni / Melo / Kaffer GT2 Risi Ferrari + 39.522
37. Gavin / Beretta / Collard GT2 Corvette + 39.724
38. O’Connell / Magnussen / Garcia GT2 Corvette + 40.082
39. Alesi / Fisichella / Vilander GT2 AF Corse Ferrari + 40.126
40. Allemann / Gachnang / Frey GT1 Matech Ford GT + 41.917
41. Lieb / Lietz / Henzler GT2 Felbermayr Porsche + 41.929
42. Pilet / Narac / Long GT2 IMSA Porsche + 42.044
43. Farfus / J. Muller / Alzen GT2 BMW M3 + 42.182
44. Westbrook / Scheider / Holzer GT2 BMS Porsche + 42.303
45. Farnbacher / Simonsen / Keen GT2 Hanook Ferrari + 42.716
46. Bergmeister / Law / Neiman GT2 F1 Lizard Porsche + 42.974
47. Gardel / Berville / Canal GT1 Labre Saleen + 43.464
48. Priaulx / D. Muller / Werner GT2 BMW M3 + 43.504
49. Krohn / Jonsson / van de Poele GT2 Risi Ferrari + 44.248
50. Coronel / Dumbreck / Bleekemolen GT2 Spyker + 44.346
51. Bell / Sugden / Miller GT2 JMW Aston Martin + 44.592
52. Yogo / Iiri / Yamanishi GT1 JLOC Lamborghini + 45.459
53. v.Splunteren / Hommerson / Machiel GT2 Prospeed Porsche + 50.036
54. Felbermayr / Felbermayr / Konopka GT2 Felbermayr Porsche + 50.343
55. Goossens / Dalziel / Gentilozzi GT2 Jaguar XKR + 52.720
56. Salo / Russo / Companc GT2 AF Corse Ferrari Withdrawn

(Bold denotes the fastest driver; Red denotes a former F1 driver)

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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