Audi is good prepared for Le Mans 24 Hours

Posted on 03. Apr, 2017 by in Audi Canada

Audi Sport Team Joest done fit use of a usually contrast event of a year during Le Mans. The dual Audi R18 e-tron quattro and a R18 ultra vehicles lonesome a sum stretch of 4,497 kilometers on a circuit that is essentially done adult of open roads. From a cessation set-up and aerodynamics by to tire tests, doing of a LMP sports prototypes with varying amounts of fuel and a comparison of a concepts, a engineers collected profitable information for a year’s many critical continuation race. Occasional flood in some areas done for fanciful conditions on a 13.629-kilometer lane though.

Marco Bonanomi, a usually Audi bureau motorist who has formerly never participated in a Le Mans 24 Hours, competent for a grid by completing 10 imperative laps and countless additional kilometers in a series “4” Audi R18 ultra.

The day’s fastest time of 3m 25.927s was achieved by Allan McNish. An outing by a Scotsman during Tertre Rouge, though, put a beforehand finish to a lane participation of automobile series “2” one hour before a exam was over. With positions one, two, 3 and 6 and a resources of profitable information Audi resolved a exam day on an intensely certain note and entirely finished a preparations.

Quotes after a exam day

Dieter Gass (Head of Racing Commitments): “Throughout a day, we collected a lot of information that forms an critical component in a credentials for a competition dual weeks from now. We can fundamentally pull a finish that after today, a competition during Spa and a winter exam module we feel good prepared. The conditions currently weren’t totally ideal during all times and we had some downtimes in a morning a causes of that we’re going to redress by a time of a race. Today, we also finally had a event to accommodate with a vital rival, Toyota, on a competition track. As expected, a group presented itself in a unequivocally veteran demeanour and with a discerning car, so we’re looking brazen to an engaging race.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“We did a good pursuit of completing a program. Fortunately, it was dry many of a time since we can frequency exam tires in sleet showers. The tire module was one of a vital equipment on a charge list. Car series “2” had a problem in a fuel complement during initial yet it could be remade quickly. Allan’s collision was a shame. But these things can occur when you’re discerning – and he was quick. Both automobile types, a R18 e-tron quattro and a ultra, were using well. Toyota’s initial open coming deserves respect. Our aspirant was immediately discerning and finished a lot of laps. We’re gratified and can prepared for a competition weekend.”

Dindo Capello (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“This was a certain exam day. All drivers were discerning right away. Our automobile is clearly softened compared to final year. It’s easier to expostulate and provides softened feedback in all areas. It was unequivocally good fun to expostulate a R18 e-tron quattro. we feel informed with a automobile and demeanour brazen to a race.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“On this good and critical day we gifted a lot of object and a small rain. All 4 of Audi’s competition cars had a prolific exam day. We collected a lot of information with a dual opposite concepts, that gives us a suggestive bottom for a competition week. It was sparkling to knowledge a new Audi on this lane for a initial time. In a morning, we gathering a second-fastest time and felt unequivocally comfortable. Like final year when we did, Allan set a best time. We wish to continue this in a competition week. Two other good results: we take my shawl off to a opening of a new opposition Toyota. And we was unequivocally gratified to see that a ACO has serve softened several sections of a track.”

Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “Our day was unequivocally prolific yet finished in disappointment. Dindo (Capello) already felt unequivocally gentle in a automobile and Tom (Kristensen) serve softened balance. That meant we took over a automobile that was set adult good for a areas of a lane that have new tarmac. As always, hold was low on a unwashed lane during a commencement of a exam day. we gathering discerning and unchanging path times. Unfortunately, toward a finish while entering Tertre Rouge we quickly overwhelmed a grass, spun 360 degrees and overwhelmed a ensure rails. That unfortunately finished a day yet we’ve got a good starting indicate for a competition week. Balance of a R18 e-tron quattro is unequivocally good.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):
“The exam day went unequivocally well. We attempted opposite things such as tire pressures, set-up and aerodynamics. This means that we’ve collected information for a competition dual weeks from now and can transport to Le Mans good prepared.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):
“So far, so good. We had a lot of priorities for testing, from a cessation by to a opening of a tires opposite a distance. We entirely analyzed expenditure as well. These are a many critical questions on such exam days. Obviously, we wish to get a softened thought of what’s probable in a finish too. But as it was raining a ultimate path time wasn’t a usually focal topic.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “We attempted out several set-ups. In a process, we also tested a few things that had formerly been reliable by make-believe yet that still indispensable to be accurate again on a track. The automobile feels unequivocally gentle and compared with final year we softened doing nonetheless again. The hybrid complement works unequivocally good and change is right. I’m pleased.”

Romain Dumas (Audi R18 ultra #3):
“Compared to final year we’ve got a automobile that’s both quicker and softened balanced. You can essentially feel this in a discerning sections like a Porsche corners. I’ve not privately tested a car’s limits. In a morning, we attempted out set-ups, and in a afternoon tires.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 ultra #3): “Basically, things went good even nonetheless a continue cost us a bit of time currently like it did everybody else. That meant we couldn’t accurately hang to a devise yet still managed to check off roughly all on a list. Everyone is happy with a car. With honour to a set-up we’re already doing unequivocally minute work.”

Marc Gené (Audi R18 ultra #3): “For me it was good to get used to a new automobile on this track. The morning went good and we reeled off dual longer distances. The automobile felt good and we was gratified with my stroke too. My team-mates afterwards serve softened a set-up in a afternoon. Our automobile is discerning and that’s nice.”

Marco Bonanomi (Audi R18 ultra #4): “This was a extensive experience. It was good for me to be means to do so many laps during Le Mans for a initial time in my life. We schooled a lot and sundry a set-up. The instruction of a growth is right. In a morning we felt quite gentle and a path times were easy to achieve. Of march I’ve got to get to know a lane first. We’re prepared for a race. Audi is unequivocally good, and Toyota not distant away. That’s good for a fans and not easy for us.”

Oliver Jarvis (Audi R18 ultra #4): “It’s good to be behind during Le Mans. It’s been such a prolonged time that we was here. The atmosphere is illusory even dual weeks before a race. This is an sparkling phase. I’m already looking brazen unequivocally most to a competition week that starts subsequent Sunday. Marco and we had no problem removing used to a automobile and a lane today.”

Test day results

1 Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 3m 25.927s
2 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 3m 26.468s
3 Dumas/Duval/Gené (Audi R18 ultra), 3m 26.561s
4 Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima/Buemi (Toyota), 3m 27.204s
5 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin/Nakajima (Toyota), 3m 28.298s
6 Bonanomi/Jarvis (Audi R18 ultra), 3m 28.765s
7 Leventis/Watts/Kane (HPD-Honda), 3m 34.243s
8 Belicchi/Primat/Bleekemolen (Lola-Toyota), 3m 35.357s
9 Prost/Jani/Heidfeld (Lola-Toyota), 3m 36.876s
10 Ara/Minassian (Dome-Judd), 3m 37.149s

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