Audi looks brazen to WEC premiere in Texas

Posted on 13. Sep, 2013 by in Audi Canada

Totally new territory: The 5.515-kilometer Circuit of a Americas south-east of Austin was usually inaugurated final year. Neither Audi Sport Team Joest nor a 6 bureau drivers know a severe roller-coaster lane featuring 20 turns and 41 meters of true difference. Just like many recently during São Paulo, a entrants will be using counter-clockwise in a WEC spin during Austin – a instruction that is surprising in racing. While a drivers are scheming for a lane by study videos and practicing in a simulator, a engineers of Audi Sport have distributed a conditions for a Audi R18 e-tron quattro’s run in allege by means of mathematical simulations.

Audi Sport Team Joest might be confronting another challenge. Outside temperatures above 30 degrees centigrade are not surprising in this segment in September. In 2000, when a Audi R8 won during Dallas/Texas, a thermometers even rose to above 40 degrees.

Aside from a foe in a field, a dual Audi motorist squads are not slicing any other any tardy either. Most recently, cars array ‘1’ and ‘2’ were distant by usually 5 hundredths of a second in subordinate in Brazil. Each of a dual teams has distinguished dual WEC victories this year. In a drivers’ World Championship, a Le Mans winners Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) continue to be a front runners. But Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) have reduced their opening by 8 to 22 points during São Paulo. And Austin usually outlines a commencement of a second half of a WEC season.

The trustworthiness of a Audi R18 e-tron quattro is a tack in this extreme sporting competition. Ever given a entrance in a 2012 season, a trend-setting diesel hybrid sports automobile has clinched 8 victories, 5 of them in duration given Mar 2013. The fit World Championship winning competition automobile has never late due to a technical forsake to date.

But North America is not usually critical domain for Audi in motorsport. The new-car marketplace in a United States has seen a certain growth as well. By a finish of 2012, 139,310 reward automobiles of a code were sole in a United States, 18.5 percent some-more than a year before. Thus, Audi of America within 5 years increasing a patron bottom of a 4 rings in a USA by scarcely 50 percent (2007 deliveries: 93,506 cars). Growth continued in a initial half of 2013. From Jan to June, a array of Audi deliveries in a United States went adult by another 14 percent compared to a same duration of a prior year.

Fans will be means to watch a competition in Texas on a internet as well. Audi is broadcasting a movement by live streaming on www.audi-motorsport.com. Additional information is accessible around a Audi Sport App, on Twitter and Facebook.

Topics of a weekend

-Will Audi grasp a sixth LMP competition feat of a deteriorate during Austin?
-Will a season’s initial “hot” competition be available a teams in Texas?
-Will a opening in a standings between Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish and Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer continue to cringe or will a Le Mans winners be means to extend their advantage?
-Will a new circuit during Austin spin one of a drivers’ favorite tracks?
-With how most unrestrained will a Texan spectators accept a WEC?

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “Austin promises to be a technically severe track. The drivers decider it to be during a unequivocally high level. I’m anticipating for a patrol and a automobile to be doing good there right away. It’s an critical competition in a unequivocally poignant marketplace for Audi, so we’re aiming to grasp a good result.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “For Audi, America is a unequivocally critical marketplace for prolongation cars and we’ve distinguished many victories in racing there as well. We’re aiming to do so again. Continuing a fibre of victories binds a biggest sporting appeal, with a competition lane being positively new domain for all of us adding a serve thrill. We’re rigorously scheming for this accumulation of challenges.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “For Audi Sport Team Joest, contesting a spin in America is roughly like using in a home competition – after all these years in a American Le Mans Series. We’ve never been to Austin though. We’re looking brazen to it – not usually to a lane though to a appealing city as well.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Marcel Fässler (37/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Celebrated his second WEC feat of a deteriorate with his team-mates during São Paulo
“At Austin, besides a marvellous competition lane pleasing vicinity are available us. we unequivocally like pushing in America given all a races there have a special atmosphere. The lane was unequivocally perfectionist even in a simulator. The combinations of turns with their opposite speeds and a radii make for a stroke we’ve got to get used to first. Positioning a automobile with good pointing is another critical aspect on a comparatively far-reaching track. We’re all looking brazen to this race.”

André Lotterer (31/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-After a competition during São Paulo, flew to Peru and afterwards to New York
“We’re competing on a competition lane that’s new for all of us. We’ve got dual possibilities to ready for a event: study videos of other racing array and operative with a simulator. On location, we’ll have to reconnoitre ourselves with a lane as quick as possible. I’ve listened a lot of certain comments about this track. The initial territory during Austin reminds me of a circuit during Suzuka. But there are several hairpins as well, that are standard for new tracks. I’m vehement about a brew and anticipating for a R18 e-tron quattro to be quick there too.”

Benoît Tréluyer (36/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Together with his team-mates a Frenchman reduced a opening in a standings by 8 to 22 points
-Has distinguished a prior feat in a USA this year with Marcel Fässler and Oliver Jarvis
“I like pushing in a United States and am unequivocally most looking brazen to Austin. America has an eager racing audience. I’ve watched footage of a few racing array that have run there. It’s an engaging lane and we always suffer removing to know new circuits.”
 
Loïc Duval (31/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Married his partner Gaëlle on Saturday after a competition during São Paulo
-Is removing to know a new competition lane for a second uninterrupted time
“After São Paulo, Austin is a second lane I’ll be racing on for a initial time this year. Even on radio a lane looks unequivocally beautiful. It’s hilly, technically challenging, is unequivocally quick in some places and has several prolonged corners. It seems to be a good brew that’ll really be good fun in a R18 e-tron quattro. And Austin is an appealing city as well.”

Tom Kristensen (46/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-The Dane gathering a fastest competition path during São Paulo
-In 2002, was ALMS Champion in America with Audi
“I’ve always quite enjoyed racing in a USA. I’ve usually listened good things about a lane and a vicinity so far. Each path will offer some variety. Sector 1 contains many quick turns, zone 2 is made by hairpin turns and zone 3 is a Mickey Mouse territory with many delayed corners. So that requires pushing fortitude during high speed, good acceleration energy and a unequivocally flexible automobile for a final sector.” 

Allan McNish (43/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-In 2000, 2006 and 2007 won a ALMS pretension in America with Audi
-In 2007, was best Audi motorist and LMP1 category leader during Houston when Audi final gathering a competition in Texas
“The lane during Austin inspires a lot of unrestrained – in Formula 1, in a sports automobile stage and among motorcycle racers. The circuit facilities unequivocally quick sections, as good as slight hairpin turns, prolonged straights and a circuitous final section. We design high temperatures and together with a tire partner Michelin have got to entirely ready for this. I’ve distinguished many large successes in America. The fans during Austin can demeanour brazen to a good sports automobile festival when a WEC and a ALMS are using on a same weekend.”

The Audi drivers during Austin

Loïc Duval (F): * Jun 12, 1982 in Chartres (F); residence: Tokyo (J); married to Gaëlle, one son (Hugo); height: 1.78 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 1; WEC races: 7; WEC victories: 3; WEC stick positions: 1; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Austin: –

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: 12; WEC victories: 5; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Austin: –

Tom Kristensen (DK): * Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Monaco (MC); 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: 12; WEC victories: 3; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Austin: –

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: 12; WEC victories: 5; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Austin: –

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: 3; WEC races: 12; WEC victories: 3; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Austin: –

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: 12; WEC victories: 5; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome WEC Austin: –

Track info

Track length: 5.515 km
Race duration: 6 hours
Qualifying record on this track: –
Race record on this track: –
Pole position 2012: –
Fastest path 2012: –

Loïc Duval about a lane during Austin

“Austin is new on a calendar. The starting true is an scarcely high ascending section. This formula in a late braking indicate in front of a hairpin spin where physique hit might be tough to avoid. A array of 5 quick turns follows where it’s essential to have good aerodynamics. The liquid stroke is slowed a bit by a tapering of spin 8. This creates a automobile a bit calmer on coming turns 9 and 10. A brief true is followed by a subsequent hairpin spin where several cars fit side by side. It’s critical to accelerate early for a subsequent true during a finish of that there are good overtaking opportunities. The radii of turns 13 and 15 roughly counterpart any other. The subsequent triple right-hander requires bravery and a good line. After a left-hand turn, a hairpin leads behind to a start and finish.”
 

Timetable (local times, CEST–7 hours)

Friday, Sep 20
09:15–10:45     Free use 1
15:25–16:55     Free use 2

Saturday, Sep 21
08:40–09:40     Free use 3
13:35–14:00     Qualifying

Sunday, Sep 22
11:00–17:00     6-hour race
 

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