Horrific scenes at the Circuit de la Sarthe today when the number 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Loic Duval crashed at high speed at the Porsche Curves during the practice session for the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The driver was taken into the care of the ACO's Medical Services who were immediately on the scene, extracted from the car to an ambulance and then immediately transported to the Le Mans Centre Hospitalier where he will undergo further examination. His condition is reported as encouraging. Update: Audi Motorsport Press Release Numerous incidents and red flags marked the first qualifying day for the Le Mans 24 Hours. After a shortened first qualifying session, Audi Sport Team Joest temporarily maintains grid positions five and six. The third Audi R18 e-tron quattro, following an accident in free practice, was not able to participate in the first qualifying session. Last years winner Loïc Duval lost control of his Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the Porsche Corners at over 270 km/h and hit the track barrier at high speed. Except for abrasions, the Audi driver was not injured. The accident looked horrible, said Chris Reinke, Head of LMP at Audi Sport. It speaks for the safety concept of the Audi R18 and the Le Mans prototypes that Loïc survived the enormous crash nearly uninjured. Were relieved to see that hes well, considering the circumstances. On Wednesday night, Audi Sport Team Joest began preparing a new car in the team garage so it is ready for the second qualifying session at Le Mans on Thursday. Instead of Loïc Duval, who stayed in the hospital overnight under observation, Marc Gené will be starting for Audi. The Spaniard has been part of the Audi Le Mans squad since 2011, completed several track tests with the current Audi R18 e-tron quattro and was originally planned to run in the Le Mans 24 Hours in an LMP2 sports car of the JOTA team. The drivers of car number 1 still have to do their mandatory laps at night on Thursday in order to qualify for the race. 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. Thats why the lap times we saw tonight are not very conclusive, said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. Marcel (Fässler) set a time in free practice that was two seconds below his qualifying time. Our cars arent optimally gripping to the track yet and have more potential than we were able to show today due to the special circumstances. The starting order will no doubt change again tomorrow. But the most important thing for the time being is that Loïc (Duval) is more or less well and can celebrate his 32nd birthday on Thursday. (Ends) Watch the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans live stream on RaceDepartment If you are not among the 300,000 fans that spectate the biggest endurance race of the world live from the track you can stay in your seat behind your PC, Tablet or Mobile phone and enjoy the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 from the comfort of your own home. We´ll broadcast the full event via various live streams throughout the day and night with live timing and various community features. The race starts on Saturday June 14 on 13:00 UTC(15:00 CEST) with the finish a day later at Sunday June 15 2014. Make sure to bookmark our live stream page and popular chatbox and enjoy the toughest race of the year with other endurance fans from around the world. To receive instant updates about the 24 Hours of Le Mans make sure to follow us via your favorite Social Media channel: Facebook, Twitter and Google+.