Enthusiastic crowd welcomes Audi team at Le Mans
Audi's sports team was welcomed enthusiastically by a large crowd of sports can fans when it arrived in downtown Le Mans on Monday 9th June 2014.
The traditional Scrutineering took place at Place de la République and started the final countdown towards this year's Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race - the 82nd in this now legendary series.
At 3pm on Saturday the race will be officially be started by famous Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.
A large crowd of photographers and fans waited for hours for the three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars to arrive and be unloaded. The nine Audi drivers and the man in charge of motorsport at Audi, Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, could hardly keep up with all the requests for autographs.
Dr Ullrich said that it was an excellent start to the year, adding that people's enthusiasm for this one-of-a-kind race could clearly be felt.
The head of LMP at Audi Sport, Chris Reinke, said that everything went according to plan and there were no problems - Audi's cars passed Scrutineering without a hitch.
An increasing number of car manufacturers are getting involved with motor sports. Legendary Le Mans driver Tom Kristensen said that endurance racing is going through a great period.
The Audi team has walked away from Le Mans as the winner no less than 12 times in the 15 years since 1999 and is now just behind Porsche on the list of all-time top winners of the most important endurance race in the world.