Autobahn Buzz – (World Endurance Championship)
World Endurance Championship
World Champions Audi 2nd in Bahrain
- Audi attains 15th podium in 8 races
- Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer are runners-up
- Retirement of Duval/Kristensen/McNish
Ingolstadt/Bahrain, November 30, 2013– Audi completed the year in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain in second spot. The World Championship team had to achieve second place in this season ending race to claim the World Championship for the year.
Just before the race’s midpoint, Audi Sport Team Joest was in a promising position in the final 6-hour race of the year. Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, with a space of about 15 seconds, were running within striking distance of the leading Toyota. On lap 95, Duval mentioned an issue in the power transmission device over the radio. For the first time in 23 races which the various Audi R18 versions have finished since 2011, a technological flaw prevented the Audi R18 from completing the race. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) consequently took over second place from their teammates. After 3:33 hours of auto racing, the stewards of the meeting enforced a drive-through charge against Marcel Fässler for passing under the yellow caution flags. The number ‘1’ R18 e-tron quattro lost even more ground and, after six hours of auto racing, crossed the finish line in second place.
Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish won the motorists’ World Endurance Championship, following their Audi teammates Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, which were the initial World Champions in the brand new Audi R18’s last year. Audi’s twelfth victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the eleventh success at the Sebring 12 Hours held as part of the American Le Mans Series, the victory at the tradition-steeped ‘Tourist Trophy’ at Silverstone plus five qualifying best times in the WEC completed the tally. In addition, Audi won the drivers’ title in the DTM this year with Mike Rockenfeller and the team category with Audi Sport Team Phoenix.
Audi’s racing season for 2013 ends now, but the squad has already begun to intensively get ready for 2014. That is when an effectively new collection of racing rules, rewarding the finest effectiveness, will enter result in the WEC. Audi is creating an entirely brand-new racecar for it that will make its auto racing launching in the WEC season opener at Silverstone on April 20, 2014.
Audi’s World Championship in the WEC for 2013 is subject to formal scrutiny and specification by the FIA
Closing Race Quotes:
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We are extremely happy with the season. We were victorious at the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours and showed excellent races. That we didn’t finish first today was a little bit of a shame. But Toyota was simply more powerful right here. However, a R18 e-tron quattro retired with a technological issue for the initial time in its last race of all races. This shows exactly how reliable our vehicles have always been up to now.”
Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “We’re looking back on a really solid year. As was our intention, we ‘d have yearned for one more success, so we obtained second spot in Bahrain. The only retired life of an R18 for a technological reason to date impressively demonstrates how honored we can be of all the performances this race automobile has actually been delivering.”
Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “This was a very successful season for Audi and for Audi Sport Team Joest. The last race does not perfectly suit the photo. Toyota has actually made a step ahead in the previous two races.”
Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro # 1): “Naturally, we would certainly have liked to have won this race also however the competition was very strong today. We transformed our technique throughout the course of the race and I drove two stints on one set of tires. Sadly, the result wasn’t the means we had actually wished for since the tire grip had degraded by the end. We merely had to take a risk. All of us battled hard for success. On the whole, we had a fantastic season which the whole Audi group can be proud of.”
André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro # 1): “We tried to conserve gas today. Consequently, the tempo of driving wasn’t as simple as it customarily is for us. Toward completion of the race overtaking traffic was abnormally challenging. On each lap, there were slower autos in specifically the places where you least needed them to be. But our car was quite good today. Generally, we’re just more powerful on other kinds of tracks.”
Benoît Tréluyer(Audi R18 e-tron quattro # 1): “This was a really hard race today. On fresh tires, the automobile was simpler to drive. Together we’ve experienced a great season.
Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro # 2): “As anticipated, a tough race with Toyota took place. Tom Kristensen was driving a solid stint and afterwards I managed. It was a purposefully intriguing race. A trouble in the energy transmission system happened which meant the end of our race.”
Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro # 2): “All the designers, technicians and other participants of the group functioned great throughout this year in order to prep these excellent automobiles for us. We would certainly have liked to reward them with an additional great victory in the last race. Up until our car’s retirement, we showed them and the spectators a nice fight.”
Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro # 2): “Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and I had a superb finish. We clinched all the fantastic success, beginning at Silverstone, and afterwards at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Austin and, eventually, the early title gain: A brilliant outcome for Audi Sport. We showed up in Bahrain without any kind of stress. We fought with Toyota. Merely when I was preparing to obtain in to the automobile for my first stint, the information came that our race was over. It’s our initial retired life for a technical reason. That can not devalue just what has been a top-notch period otherwise.”.