LE MANS, France (AP) — Toyota will try to prevent champion Audi from again winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.
The Japanese manufacturer is returning to the world's most famous endurance race 13 years after its last race.
Defending champions Andre Lotterer of Germany, Marcel Fassler of Switzerland and Benoit Treluyer of France secured pole position in Audi No. 1 after Lotterer clocked the fastest time in qualifying Thursday.
Marc Gene of Spain and Frenchmen Romain Dumas and Loic Duval also will start from the front row in Audi No. 3.
But the two German cars will be under the pressure from Toyota No. 8 driven by Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, Stephane Sarrazin of France and Anthony Davidson of Britain, who posted the third fastest time in qualifying.