Audi in grid positions one to 3 during Spa

Posted on 03. May, 2013 by in Audi Canada

In subordinate during Spa-Francorchamps, Audi managed a limit – final year’s World Champion is during a front of a grid with all 3 hybrid sports cars. Marcel Fässler (CH) and André Lotterer (D) on their 4 best laps achieved an normal of 1m 59.961s. In a series 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro they are competing together with Benoît Tréluyer (F) and were a usually motorist patrol to mangle a two-minute mark.

An considerable opening was achieved by Lucas di Grassi (BR) and Marc Gené (E). With Oliver Jarvis (GB) they share a series 3 hybrid sports automobile that has been aerodynamically optimized for a arriving run during Le Mans. But even on a lane in a Ardennes that is reduction suitable for this physique version, they competent for a front quarrel by posting a time of 2m 00.236, blank a best time by usually 0.274s. On his initial lap, Lucas di Grassi even set a fastest time of a day during 1m 58.934s.

Third place is common by a 3 leaders of a standings. Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB) on normal posted a path time of 2m 00.610s. They are contesting a competition together with Loïc Duval (F). As Audi’s best evident rival, a series 7 Toyota in position 4 missed a best time by 0.986s.

The 6-hour competition during Spa starts during 14:30 on Saturday. The second of 8 rounds of a deteriorate can be watched on a internet by live streaming during and during Eurosport is airing live reports from Spa. In Germany, a channel will cover a final proviso of a competition from 19.30 to 20.30.

Quotes after qualifying

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “It’s good to have 3 cars during a front. It’s also good to see that automobile series 3, that is using with a Le Mans specification, is doing good on a lane during Spa. Toyota was not as clever as we’d approaching in subordinate though that means zero with honour to a competition since a times are tighten together. This is good proclivity for a patrol that’s been operative hard. We’re going to try and bind a good outcome on Saturday as well.”

Christopher Reinke (Overall Project Leader LMP):
“We’re gratified with positions one, dual and 3 for Audi. The outcome wasn’t to be approaching utterly like this since we know that a competitors have finished a good pursuit of gearing adult and are competing with new technology. For a moment, this is a good result. But we’re here to win a race. And that’ll usually be hold on Saturday.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“After a drivers finished their initial lap, subordinate was interrupted by a red flag. That’s since we’ve now got a few some-more laps on a tires than planned. Lucas di Grassi managed a quite clever lap. We’ve got 3 cars during a front. That’s a good starting base.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “My laps worked out flattering well. On average, we were a quickest trio. A large ‘thank you’ to Audi Sport Team Joest for creation such a clever bid to support us by operative prolonged hours. The fastest time is a approach of reciprocating for their glorious work, and a good starting bottom for Saturday.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “A illusory result! Qualifying alongside Marcel Fässler was good fun. He was brilliant, we done an effort, a automobile was superb. Benoît Tréluyer is in good figure as well. I’m anticipating for things to continue this approach for Audi.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “That was a good subordinate eventuality and a whole patrol did a consummate pursuit – a engineers, a mechanics and us drivers. Our Audi R18 e-tron quattro was good offset in all use sessions. With dual giveaway use sessions and subordinate on a singular day we had to delicately classify a work. The outcome is good for all of us.”

Marc Gené (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): “The front quarrel of a grid is a good result. But on reflection, we could have achieved a best time as well. we was using on aged tires all day and didn’t know what to design on new tires. That’s since my initial path was comparatively slow. we should have driven a third path though we chose not to. That was my mistake. But Lucas di Grassi delivered a ideal opening today.”

Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): “Congratulations to Audi on holding positions one to three. For us, a front quarrel is a good result. The 3 of us worked a lot in giveaway practice. That’s since I’ve got a good feeling before this 6-hour race.”

Oliver Jarvis (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): “Our opening capability is most aloft than expected. Particularly on new tires a automobile feels good. But we don’t wish to lift too many expectations since we’re pushing with reduction downforce, so when a tires start spiritless over a distance, a conditions will turn some-more formidable for us. So a competition will be most harder for us than qualifying. Position dual on a grid is a good result.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “Our subordinate wasn’t easy since we were using in traffic. But we’ve got to fundamentally urge a gait a bit some-more as good since we’re lacking a few tenths. But in a 6-hour competition anything’s possible. Over a prolonged run, we were really unchanging in a use sessions today. We’ve still got to fine-tune a set-up a bit more.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “On my initial quick lap, we unfortunately strike some traffic. Then there was a red flag. Afterwards, we was usually means to urge by dual tenths of a second. Unfortunately, Allan McNish didn’t locate a giveaway path either. Now I’m looking brazen to a prolonged race. We’ve got a good group and a clever car.”

Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “The day remained dry nonetheless we’d been awaiting some sleet in qualifying. We knew that trade would be personification a role. In fact, we had to pass other cars on each timed lap. But that’s a approach a conditions are when a sum of 4 laps have to be driven and a normal is subsequently determined. Now we’re concentrating on anticipating a best change for Saturday. The lane is severe on a tires with the many fast, prolonged turns. In any event, positions one, dual and 3 for Audi are a good beginning.”

Qualifying results

1 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 59.961s
2 Gené/di Grassi/Jarvis (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 2m 00.236s
3 Duval/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 2m 00.610 s
4 Lapierre/Nakajima/Wurz (Toyota) 2m 00.947s
5 Buemi/Davidson/Sarrazin (Toyota) 2m 01.203s
6 Heidfeld/Jani/Prost (Lola-Toyota) 2m 01.482s
7 Beche/Belicchi/Cheng (Lola-Toyota) 2m 03.278s
8 Kane/Leventis/Watts (HPD-Honda) 2m 03.688 s
9 Kaffer/Perez Companc/Minassian (Oreca-Nissan) 2m 08.540s
10 Dolan/Luhr/Turvey (Zytek-Nissan) 2m 08.762s

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