Audi aims for twelfth feat during Le Mans

Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by in Audi Canada

Le Mans 2013 will be a year of ancestral dimensions. The initial eventuality of a continuation foe was hold 90 years ago. Audi is now competing for a 15th time. The stream World Endurance Champions Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) will enter a foe in a series ‘1’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro. If successful, a 3 drivers, following dual uninterrupted victories, could conduct a hat-trick during La Sarthe. This was final achieved by another Audi trio: In 2000, 2001 and 2002, Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Tom Kristensen (D/I/DK) remained dominant 3 times in succession.

Le Mans record leader Tom Kristensen (eight wins) expects to be in row for a tip outcome with his stream team-mates Loïc Duval (F) and Allan McNish (GB) as well. In April, a contingent won a deteriorate opener of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) during Silverstone. A year ago, Kristensen and McNish finished as a runners-up during Le Mans.

The motorist choice of a Audi R18 e-tron quattro designated as automobile series ‘3’ is aiming for a prize as well: Marc Gené (E) was a altogether leader during Le Mans in 2009. Oliver Jarvis (GB) was on lectern during Le Mans for a initial time final year and in Mar won a 12-hour foe during Sebring (USA) in a R18 e-tron quattro. Lucas di Grassi (BR) is experiencing a premiere. The Brazilian is contesting his initial Le Mans foe and given creation his WEC entrance with Audi final Sep has finished his 3 races to date on a podium. In doing so, he ceaselessly benefited from a resources of knowledge of his team-mates in a Audi motorist patrol that boasts an extraordinary total total of 17 Le Mans victories.

On a record side, a group of Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and Chris Reinke, Head of LMP, has rigorously prepared for a toughest foe of a deteriorate as well. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro has been entirely revised with honour to a engine, a hybrid system, a ultra-lightweight pattern and in other areas. Furthermore, a diesel hybrid sports automobile will be using with optimized aerodynamics during Le Mans.

Audi is underscoring a purpose as a record colonize with a high-performance LED headlights featuring matrix-beam technology, a digital rear-view counterpart with an AMOLED arrangement and other forward-thinking minute solutions. Audi has been transferring a resources of innovations from motorsport to a products for some-more than 30 years. Customers distinction from ideas such as quattro four-wheel expostulate and leading-edge TDI and TFSI engines as good as a many new innovations in a margin of active safety.

The measure in a duel between FIA Endurance World Champion Audi and challenger Toyota is now during 5-3. But nonetheless Audi has been dominant this year in sports antecedent racing to date and set a best time on a exam day on Jun 9, a doubt symbol remains: More than ever before, it is capricious possibly a rating of diesel and gasoline engines is amply offset to safeguard satisfactory relations strengths over a distance. Since January, diesel sports cars have gradually been subjected to some-more serious restrictions.

Viewers can watch a foe live on Eurosport and countless other TV stations worldwide and on a internet during – including onboard footage and telemetry information of a 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars. A live ticker is accessible on a Audi Sport app and Twitter. Audi provides credentials information on Facebook as well.

Topics of a weekend

-How will a changes to a regulations impact a foe during a front of a field?
-Will Audi conduct to bind a twelfth feat on a 15th run during Le Mans?
-Which of a 3 motorist teams will be a best Audi patrol in a end?
-Who will be heading a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) after Le Mans?

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport: “This year, Le Mans will be a quite good plea for us. There have been several changes finished to a regulations in new months. This has put us in a position that will make it formidable for us to confirm a foe in a preference formed on a racing performance. But we’re going to concentration on a strengths as a team, that we’ve demonstrated on countless occasions. It’s about doing a one-hundred-percent ideal job. We’ve got to revoke a interlude times in a pits to a smallest and, that way, try to recompense for a restrictions that a regulations have imposed on us.”

Chris Reinke, Head of LMP: “We entirely prepared for a many critical foe of a year with a whole group and, as is standard for Audi, are again entering a foe with a series of innovations this year. On a exam day a week ago, we didn’t learn a lot nonetheless about how a relations strengths vessel out this year. The initial dual WEC races haven’t been deputy either. We’re fervent to see how a foe week will rise and possibly a form of conflict will be probable that a assembly and we all severely wish to see – a offset foe for altogether victory. We’ve finished all we could on a partial to make this happen.”

Ralf Jüttner, Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest: “We’re really many anticipating to see a classical foe during Le Mans this year that won’t make things too easy for anybody. Maybe we’ll get an thought of comprehensive path times in qualifying. But we’ll substantially usually be means to tell during a march of a foe what effects a many new changes in a regulations will have. Only afterwards will we be means to finalize a strategy. I’m awaiting an heated battle.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Marcel Fässler (37/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-In 2011, was a initial Swiss to win a Le Mans 24 Hours
-Most recently won during Spa with André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer
“I demeanour brazen to Le Mans each year given it’s a illusory challenge. We’ve got clever rivals, though we’re really encouraged and have got a good automobile in a Audi R18 e-tron quattro. We know what a whole group is able of achieving and will go all out in sequence to win.”

André Lotterer (31/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has clinched dual victories during Le Mans in 4 runs so far
-Is heading a World Championship with his dual team-mates
“I’m roving to Le Mans with a good feeling. The dual victories in new years are good and give us self-confidence, and of march we’re competing to win. But we should simply omit these dual wins and combine on this year. Finishing – hopefully though any problems – has to be a initial objective. Then we’ll see what a outcome will be given during Le Mans anything can happen.”

Benoît Tréluyer (36/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-The leader of a past dual years is experiencing his home foe during Le Mans
-This year, has won a Sebring 12 Hours and a Spa 6 Hours
“Finally, we’re returning to Le Mans and we can run on this lane in a Audi R18 e-tron quattro again. After Spa, we gathering a automobile once some-more on a exam day during Le Mans. That was good practice. A home spin is always something really special. Many fans and friends will come to a eventuality to support me. That’s a good feeling.”

Loïc Duval (31/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Drove a fastest foe path final year and set a comprehensive best time in 2010
-Achieved a fastest time during Le Mans a week ago on a exam day
“Le Mans is an extraordinary event. For me, it’s roughly a home around given I’m from Chartres. For a year, I’ve been watchful to lapse to La Sarthe. At that time, things weren’t going as good for us as they should have. Now I’m anticipating for a quite good outcome and can frequency wait for a foe week to finally start.”

Tom Kristensen (45/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-As an eight-time winner, is holding a record during Le Mans
-Won a opening eventuality during Silverstone with his team-mates
“There’s no other foe you’ve got to ready for in such detail. We haven’t been on this lane for a year, that’s because a exam day final Sunday was so valuable. Audi has ceaselessly softened a R18 e-tron quattro and taken caring of a lot of details. The conflict this year will again be really tighten and tough. Top opening is equally critical as consistency. And on a personal note, Allan McNish and I’ll be pushing though Dindo Capello as a team-mate for a initial time in 7 years during Le Mans. Our new co-worker Loïc Duval is discerning and installed with motivation. The 3 of us have determined glorious rapport.”

Allan McNish (43/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has won a Le Mans 24 Hours twice before
-Is usually trailing a leaders of a WEC standings by one point
“Le Mans with a singular impression is like a universe soccer championship in a way. You positively wish to win a biggest foe of a year, though even if you’re on lectern in second or third place it’s a good feeling. I’ve been on lectern there 8 times before, and twice as a winner. This year, I’d like to mountain a really tip again. You can never means to rest during this race. Emotionally, a 24 Hours cost me some-more appetite than a earthy strength you’ve got to strive as a foe driver.”

Marc Gené (39/E), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won a classical foe during Le Mans in 2009
-Is using with dual new Audi team-mates this year
“We’re operative for a whole year toward this one race. We’re good prepared, as we’ve formerly shown during Silverstone and Spa. I’m awaiting us to be in row for victory. I’m using during Le Mans for a seventh time and have never had as good a feeling before a foe as this year.”

Lucas di Grassi (28/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is a usually Audi motorist who has never run during Le Mans before
-Achieved second place during a Sebring 12 Hours with Audi
“My initial foe during Le Mans will be a good knowledge during that I’ll be training a lot. In a team, we’ve got legends like Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish. It’s a payoff to go to such a squad. Finishing a race, training and being as good as probable – these are my aims.”

Oliver Jarvis (29/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won a GT category during Daytona 24 Hours with Audi
-Celebrated his initial sports automobile feat during a Sebring 12 Hours
“After third place final year, I’d apparently like to pierce adult on a podium. But first, you’ve got to finish on lectern to start with. Anything’s probable during what is arguably a world’s toughest race. we trust in a competitiveness – in a conflict with a group colleagues, as good as with Toyota.”

The Audi drivers during Le Mans

Loïc Duval (F): * Jun 12, 1982 in Chartres (F); residence: Tokyo (J); singular (partner Gaëlle), one son (Hugo); height: 1.78 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 5; WEC victories: 1; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 5

Marcel Fässler (CH): * May 27, 1976 in Einsiedeln (CH); residence: Gross (CH); married to Isabel, 4 daughters (Shana, Elin, Yael and Delia); height: 1.78 m; weight: 78 kg; Audi motorist given 2008; Le Mans victories: 2; WEC races: 10; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 1; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

Marc Gené (E): * Mar 03, 1974 in Sabadell (E); residence: Barcelona (E); single, one son (Patrick) and one daughter (Sienna); height: 1.73 m; weight: 69 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 1; WEC races: 3; WEC victories: 1; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

Lucas di Grassi (BR): * Aug 11, 1984 in São Paulo (BR); residence: Monaco (MC); single; height: 1.79 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 2; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: –

Oliver Jarvis (GB): * Jan 09, 1984 in Burwell (GB); residence: Burwell (GB); single; height: 1.80 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2008; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 3; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 3

Tom Kristensen (DK): * Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Hobro (DK); singular (partner: Hanne), dual sons (Oliver and Oswald), one daughter (Carla Marlou); height: 1.74 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi motorist given 2000, Le Mans victories: 8; WEC races: 10; WEC victories: 2; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

André Lotterer (D): * Nov 19, 1981 in Duisburg (D); residence: Tokyo (J); single; height: 1.84 m; weight: 74 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; Le Mans victories: 2; WEC races: 10; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

Allan McNish (GB):
* Dec 29, 1969 in Dumfries (GB); residence: Monaco (MC); married to Kelly, one son (Finlay), one daughter (Charlotte Amelie); height: 1.65 m; weight: 60 kg; Audi motorist in 2000, given 2004; Le Mans victories: 2; WEC races: 10; WEC victories: 2; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

Benoît Tréluyer (F):
* Dec 07, 1976 in Alençon (F); residence: Gordes (F); married to Melanie, one son (Jules); height: 1.78 m; weight: 68 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; Le Mans victories: 2; WEC races: 10; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 1; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

All Le Mans winners (since 2000)

2000 Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2001 Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2002 Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2003 Capello/Kristensen/Smith (Bentley)
2004 Ara/Capello/Kristensen (Audi)
2005 Kristensen/Lehto/Werner (Audi)
2006 Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2007 Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2008 Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi)

2009 Brabham/Gené/Wurz (Peugeot)
2010 Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi)
2011 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi)
2012 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi)

Track info

Track length: 13.629 km
Race duration: 24 hours
Qualifying record on this track: Stéphane Sarrazin, Peugeot, 3m 18.513s = 247.159 km/h (Jun 11, 2008)
Race record on this track: Loïc Duval, Peugeot, 3m 19.074s = 246.463 km/h (Jun 13, 2010)
Pole position 2012: André Lotterer, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, 3m 23.787s = 240.763 km/h (Jun 15, 2012)
Fastest path 2012: Loïc Duval, Audi R18 ultra, 3m 24.189s = 240.289 km/h (Jun 16, 2012)

Oliver Jarvis about a lane during Le Mans

“Le Mans is singular and during night it’s even some-more challenging. We stop tough into a initial chicane. In traffic, we remove a lot of time there. We take a S-turns with a lot of momentum. Then we’ve got to run by Tertre Rouge. This quick spin takes us onto a Hunaudières straight. You stop tough from high speed into a dual chicanes on a prolonged true and a energy has to start issuing during a exit. The area where we stop in front of a Mulsanne dilemma is located in a bend. After a true section, a Indianapolis double-turn follows. Indianapolis 1 is really fast, partial 2 a delayed left-hand bend. The tightest dilemma is Arnage. Then a Porsche corners follow, that arguably are a nicest partial of a track. But you’ve got to watch out as it’s easy to remove 4 or 5 seconds in trade there. Finally, there is a equivocation before a start and finish straight. It’s a shining circuit.”


Wednesday, Jun 19
16:00–20:00     Free practice
22:00–00:00     Qualifying 1

Thursday, Jun 20
19:00–21:00     Qualifying 2
22:00–00:00     Qualifying 3

Friday, Jun 21
14:00         Audi press conference

Saturday, Jun 22
09:00–09:45     Warm-up
15:00         24-hour race

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