BMW Motorsport have enjoyed a good start to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the two M3 GTs lying second and third in the GTE class after three hours.

Augusto Farfus is in second place in the number 55 car, having been behind the wheel since the start. The Brazilian, who shares his car with Jorg Muller and Dirk Werner, is just ahead of teammate Dirk Muller, who took over from Andy Priaulx in the driving seat of the number 56 car on the 14th lap. American Joey Hand will also drive that car during the course of the race.

Priaulx was able to start the race from the class pole position despite his shunt in qualifying on Thursday.

“It is always good to get into the car and start the race after such a busy week,” said the Guernseyman. “The first stint showed me what a great job the boys had done on the car. It felt just as good as it did before the accident, so a big thank you to them.

“I know it is a well-worn phrase, but this is a long race and you are never going to win it in the first hour. As we said before, we are in a very competitive class and these opening laps showed just how strong the opposition is. However, our car has good speed and, very importantly, reliability. So far so good.”

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