Audi engineers worked overtime last night to repair the R18 e-tron quattro that was damaged when it went off the track at speeds in excess of 270 km/h (167 mph).

Audi engineers worked overtime last night to repair the R18 e-tron quattro that was damaged when it went off the track at speeds in excess of 270 km/h (167 mph).

Their work will be put to the test later tonight as the drivers of the car still need to complete their qualifying laps. Audi says "The same is true for many other drivers, as the first qualifying session was stopped early after accidents and only 50 minutes of the originally planned two hours were available."

While Loic Duval only suffered minor abrasions in the crash, he will be replaced by Marc Gené who has already completed several track tests in the R18 e-tron quattro.

According to Audi Sport's Head of LMP racing, Chris Reinke, “The accident looked horrible. It speaks for the safety concept of the Audi R18 and the Le Mans prototypes that Loïc survived the enormous crash nearly uninjured. We’re relieved to see that he’s well, considering the circumstances.”

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Crashed Audi R18 rebuilt overnight, Gene to replace Duval