Audi in WEC opener during Silverstone on second and third rows of a grid

Posted on 13. Apr, 2013 by in Audi Canada

Premiere in a WEC: For a initial time, dual drivers were nominated for qualifying, with any of them carrying to finish dual timed laps. With usually 20 mins generation and a sleet showering environment in, Audi did not conduct ideal timing. Both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars started a subordinate event on untreaded middle tires, nonetheless returned to a pits due to a shower. When they went out again to follow for times on sleet tires, a sleet stopped and a lane quick dusty off.  
 
Loïc Duval on treaded tires achieved a fourth-best time twice. He incited over his series 2 Audi to Tom Kristensen, who went out on middle tires. The normal time, that determines a grid position, achieved by a twin resulted in grid position 3 with a 3.2-second gap. 

The sister car’s conditions was reduction fortunate. Benoît Tréluyer in automobile series 1 complained about a malfunction of a traction control complement that cost him a poignant volume of time compared to automobile series 2. His team-mate André Lotterer achieved a third-fastest time on his initial tour and eventually set a best time of his group. On average, these performances resulted in grid position five. Despite a inauspicious conditions Audi is looking toward a foe with optimism, as a change of both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars gives arise to awaiting a stirring foe over a six-hour distance.

The foe during Silverstone starts on Sunday during 12:00 internal time. The racing movement can be watched on a internet by live streaming on www.audi-liveracing.com and on www.fiawec.com. Eurosport will promote tools of a foe live on radio as well. In Germany, Eurosport 2 will atmosphere coverage from 13.00 to 13.30 and from 15.00 to 15.30. Eurosport 1 will uncover a final proviso of a foe from 18.00 to 19.00.

Quotes after qualifying

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We knew that a subordinate format wouldn’t be easy. In addition, sleet set in currently on a initial lap. We started on middle tires with both cars in sequence to take advantage of a usually partially damp track. The sleet was really complicated during dual locations of a lane and after receiving feedback from a drivers we switched to sleet tires. But afterwards a sleet abruptly stopped and a drivers had to finish their dual laps on their treaded tires. Our aspirant Toyota opted for untreaded tires. In a subordinate event of a second drivers we were no longer means to redeem a large time difference. Tom Kristensen and André Lotterer achieved good path times nonetheless. Our grid positions aren’t ideal nonetheless during a 6-hour foe a starting positions aren’t a many critical thing.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“New manners for a initial time and fanciful weather. That was a bit difficult. We did a right thing by starting on intermediates nonetheless both drivers on their warm-up path pronounced that it was too wet. These were equivocal conditions and we didn’t make best use of them. Today, a lot of fitness was involved. In retrospect, we were a bit too regressive in a tire choice.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“In further to a new subordinate mode, there were other incalculable factors. we was pushing in comparatively complicated trade and sleet set in. After we altered to sleet tires a lane dusty off surprisingly fast. With usually 20 mins of time for dual drivers we didn’t have a possibility to make another tire choice. Tom Kristensen afterwards had improved chances on untreaded tires and done good use of them.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “A really complete subordinate session! Only 20 mins for dual timed laps of dual drivers, respectively. On middle tires we encountered a comparatively dry track. My automobile was really good when we held a Toyota on my second path and mislaid time. we even gathering another path nonetheless a tires had already left past their best point. I’m looking brazen to a nice, tough foe in a race.”

Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “For dual days there’s fluid continue all a approach into subordinate and it’s really cold. It wasn’t easy to comfortable adult a tires; that’s because we weren’t means to make best use of them right from a beginning. The change of a automobile nonetheless is really good. I’m awaiting a tough opposition on Sunday and trust we haven’t seen a full intensity nonetheless – conjunction with Toyota nor with us.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “The conditions were comparatively formidable for my team-mates after complicated sleet had set in. In addition, Benoît Tréluyer wasn’t means to feat a car’s full potential. André Lotterer afterwards managed dual good laps.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “I was pushing on untreaded middle tires on a comparatively dry track. The times were good and we were means to revoke a gap. Benoît Tréluyer had a problem with a environment of a traction control. That’s because he had no possibility of achieving good times. But we’re in for a prolonged foe and we know how quick a automobile is.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “Unfortunately, there was a tiny program problem with a traction control so that we wasn’t means to ideally accelerate. We’re going to investigate a blunder in detail. In addition, there was a severe tire choice. It’s good that André Lotterer held adult again with glorious times.”

Qualifying results

1 Lapierre/Wurz (Toyota) 1m 48.021s
2 Buemi/Davidson/Sarrazin (Toyota) 1m 49.995s
3 Duval/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 51.283s
4 Heidfeld/Jani/Prost (Lola-Toyota) 1m 52.124s
5 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 53.488s
6 Beche/Belicchi/Cheng (Lola-Toyota) 1m 53.835s
7 Graves/Pizzonia/Walker (Oreca-Nissan) 1m 55.148s
8 Brundle/Heinemeier-Hansson/Pla (Morgan-Nissan) 1m 57.629s
9 Conway/Martin/Rusinov (Oreca-Nissan) 1m 57.697s
10 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman (Morgan-Nissan) 1m 58.729s

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