We asked the three times Le Mans 24hrs winner and Audi Motorsport director of co-ordination, Allan McNish, how his team aims to beat Porsche, and counter the threat from Toyota.

Although Audi hasn’t come out in pole position for the 2016 24-hour endurance race – its cars lie behind just behind rivals Porsche and Toyota – that doesn’t faze Allan McNish.

“At Le Mans it’s often the case that you don’t really get a sniff of who’s fastest in qualifying. In fact, I’ve seen it here very often that you don’t understand where everything lies until the race starts,” he explained.

“We’ve got a car the drivers are happy with, it’s fast and balanced, and something they can work with. That’s a really important thing because it means we’re in the right ‘working window’ as they say.”

McNish believes there are three elements to victory at Le Mans: speed, pit work and reliability, and it’s that last area every team struggled with at Spa.

“I hope we’re not the ones who pick up something, although I doubt very much that we’ll finish the race without having at least one of our LMP1Hs having a technical issue that brings it into the pits – but that’s Le Mans,” he shrugged.