Audi heads for grand WEC culmination in Brazil

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Audi Canada

For Audi, it is a deteriorate culmination and for Tom Kristensen a culmination in his career as a foe driver. The nine-time Le Mans personality will be contesting his final eventuality as a veteran foe motorist during São Paulo though stability his organisation with Audi as a deputy and partner of Audi Sport. Together with his team-mate Lucas di Grassi (BR), a 47-year-old continuation racing dilettante will be battling for a tip mark in a World Championship until a end. The Dane and a Brazilian, with a measure of 102 points, still have a mathematical possibility of clinching a runner-up’s position, while their team-mates Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F), with 117 points, are now ranked in second place of a standings. With a motorist group from each, Toyota and Porsche, are still both in a foe for a runner-up’s mark as well, ensuring a conflict will be quite thrilling.

The manufacturers’ sequence has not been motionless nonetheless either. At slightest theoretically, there is still a possibility of clinching a pretension there as Audi is trailing a personality of a standings by 40 points and 44 points are nonetheless to be awarded in Brazil. Although a code with a 4 rings has been a usually manufacturer to lapse though points from one of a 7 rounds of a deteriorate hold to date, a group managed to postpone a pretension preference to a finale. The past dual years saw Audi holding a pretension in a manufacturers’ universe championship early – in a third from final foe of a deteriorate in 2013 and, amazingly, after usually 4 of 8 rounds in 2012.

In a stream season, a new Champions will usually be dynamic on Nov 30.  The environment for a preference will be supposing by a tradition-steeped Autódromo José Carlos Pace on a hinterland of a Brazilian capital – a line that many foe drivers severely enjoy. Its betterment changes during a march of a path and a severe cornering sections impersonate a trickery as a classical motorist track. These characteristics clearly heed it from many some-more complicated circuits. The uninformed tarmac that will impact hold and tire wear creates for a new aspect this year.

But a foe is not usually an critical one for Audi for sporting reasons. In October, a association increasing a deliveries on a Brazilian marketplace by 84.5 percent compared to a year before. Aggregated, this means that direct for Audi models has doubled to 10,866 within a space of usually one year. From 2015 on, Audi will again be represented in this marketplace with a prolongation site located in São José dos Pinhais.

For racing pro Lucas di Grassi, turn 8 is his home round. The Audi motorist was innate in São Paulo 30 years ago and dual years ago competed there for a initial time in a WEC for Audi Sport Team Joest. In a finale, he will be wearing a special racing fit prominently featuring a internal automotive retailer and Audi Sport partner Aethra and a aerodynamic splitter on a hood of a series 1 R18 e-tron quattro sporting a Brazilian inhabitant colors will be ornate with Aethra’s association trademark as well.

In Germany, fans can watch a final theatre of a WEC foe during São Paulo live on Sunday, Nov 30 from 20.30 to 22.00 on a TV channel Eurosport. Audi will be providing reports about all use and subordinate sessions and a foe on Facebook (AudiSport), Twitter (@Audi__Sport), and a news ticker during www.audi-motorsport.info and on a Audi Sport App.

Topics of a weekend

-How will a conflict for a pretension in a manufacturers’ championship end?
-What motorist group will bind second place in a drivers’ classification?
-What effects will a new tarmac have?
-Will changing continue conditions confirm a outcome of a race?

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We’re gratified to lapse to Brazil, not slightest given we distinguished success there final year. In addition, we’ve got a Brazilian motorist in a group who is set on delivering a good foe to his fans. But we’ve got to ensue from a arrogance that underneath a stream regulations a conditions will be clearly some-more formidable for us than in a past season.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “The deteriorate culmination will be a foe with different challenges. Of march it’s a classical motorist line that a drivers are really many looking brazen to. The circuit has perceived a new aspect recently, with hold conditions we don’t know yet. Furthermore, a foe is hold during a time of a year that harbors a comparatively high risk of rain. This might means some surprises in a race. But we’re really many looking brazen to these challenges.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“The turn in Brazil was a good eventuality in any of a past dual years. A year ago, we won there. Of march we’d like to make a good display again this year. And for my patrol I’m anticipating for a foe weekend that won’t be as violent as a many new one in Bahrain.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Lucas di Grassi (30/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
– Experienced his WEC premiere dual years ago with Audi in Brazil
“I adore this line and remember my initial foe there with Audi Sport really well. Now, for a initial time, my home turn is also a culmination during that my family, my friends and many fans will be visiting me. The Brazilians support motorsport with good enthusiasm. The line with a new tarmac will apparently have some-more grip. That’s positive.”

Loïc Duval (32/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Was a runner-up in Brazil twelve months ago
“Thinking about Brazil gives me a really pleasing feeling. We’re all in good spirits and really vehement about a event. In Lucas we’ve got a Brazilian in a motorist group for whom a foe is a home round. Obviously, we’d like to give a best in front of his crowd.”

Tom Kristensen (47/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Drove a fastest foe path in Brazil final year
“The line during Interlagos is on a calendar for a final time until serve notice. The circuit is comparatively brief though a good motorist track. There are many engaging turns there, we’re pushing counter-clockwise and a straight differences can be clearly felt. The delight of pushing an LMP sports automobile there is unique. I’m anticipating for a good culmination that’ll no doubt be really emotional, as I’m culmination my career as a veteran foe motorist there.”

Marcel Fässler (38/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won in Brazil a year ago with André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer
“São Paulo isn’t usually a normal foe line though a tradition-steeped circuit. we like a line and quite a betterment changes really much. Last year, we were quick there and won though this year a foe has turn fiercer. If it rains a foe can really turn turbulent. We’re going to give a best.”

André Lotterer (33/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Set a second-fastest foe path many recently in Bahrain
“The deteriorate culmination is hold on a illusory line and a atmosphere in Brazil is simply cool. It feels good to lapse to a venue we’ve won during before. I’m anticipating for us to be clever again this year. We’re aiming for a place on a lectern to finish a year on a certain note.”

Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Clinched a stick position with Marcel Fässler during São Paulo a year ago
“We drivers are really many looking brazen to turn eight. The circuit is a really classical one and has defended a impression – from a array line comforts by to a line configuration. Even as a child we used to watch a Brazilian Grand Prix races on television. Today, we’re a ones to offer a philharmonic to a fans during Interlagos. Especially a initial dual turns are really thrilling.”

The Audi drivers during São Paulo

Lucas di Grassi (BR): * Aug 11, 1984 in São Paulo (BR), residence: Monaco (MC); married to Anna; height: 1.79 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 10; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC São Paulo: 3

Loïc Duval (F): * Jun 12, 1982 in Chartres (F); residence: Geneva (CH); married to Gaëlle, dual sons (Hugo and Martin); height: 1.78 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 1; WEC races: 17; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC São Paulo: 2

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: 3; WEC races: 23; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC São Paulo: 1

Tom Kristensen (DK): * Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Hobro (DK); singular (partner: Hanne), dual sons (Oliver and Oswald) and one daughter (Carla Marlou); height: 1.74 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi motorist given 2000, Le Mans victories: 9; WEC races: 23; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC São Paulo: 2

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: 3; WEC races: 23; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 4; fastest WEC laps: 6; best outcome WEC São Paulo: 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: 3; WEC races: 23; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC São Paulo: 1

All São Paulo winners (since 2007)

2007 Gené/Minassian (Peugeot)
2012 Lapierre/Wurz (Toyota)
2013 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi)

Track info

Track length: 4.309 km
Race duration: 6 hours
Qualifying record on this track: Stéphane Sarrazin (Peugeot), 1m 18.787s (196.890 km/h), Nov 08, 2007
Race record on this track: Marc Gené (Peugeot), 1m 21.027s (191.447 km/h), Nov 10, 2007
Pole position 2013: Marcel Fässler/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi), 1m 21.303s (190.797 km/h), Aug 31, 2013
Fastest path 2013: Tom Kristensen (Audi), 1m 21.177s (191.094 km/h), Sep 01, 2013


FIA WEC World Championship titles

2012 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2013 Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)
2014 Sébastien Buemi/Anthony Davidson (Toyota)

Lucas di Grassi about a line during São Paulo

“I’m from São Paulo and distinguished my entrance there with Audi in 2012. That’s because a deteriorate culmination will be a special eventuality for me. Interlagos clearly differs from many complicated circuits. It’s one of usually dual marks on a calendar that are driven counter-clockwise. The straight differences can be clearly felt. In a initial multiple of corners we already stop on entering a downhill territory so that a circle can simply close there. The peak in this left-right multiple is surprising too. Between a third and fifth corners, a line is quick and liquid and thereafter we have to adjust to a really circuitous section. Turn 13 is followed by a prolonged ascending zone on that we’ve got to accelerate early and efficiently.  

Schedule (local times; CET= +3 hours)

Friday, Nov 28
13.00–14.30     Free pratice 1
17.30–19.00     Free use 2

Saturday, Nov 29
10.00–11.00     Free use 3
15.20–15.45     Qualifying LMP1 and LMP2

Sunday, Nov 30
13.00–19.00     6-hour race

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