Audi creates Sebring a ‘home of quattro’

Posted on 08. Mar, 2013 by in Audi Canada

The competition during Sebring is staged underneath special resources for Audi: a partnership of a dual U.S. championships, a American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and GRAND-AM, sees new regulations entrance into force from 2014. In a future, no Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) of a tip difficulty can competition in this race. As a result, events come full round for Audi in Florida: in 1999, a brand’s initial LMP sports automobile distinguished a premiere during Sebring – now dual LMP1 sports cars with a 4 rings provisionally competition a competition here for a final time. After Audi patron racing’s winning start to a deteriorate with a one-two finish for a Audi R8 GRAND-AM in a 24-hour competition during Daytona, Audi now targets another feat in a USA – notwithstanding formidable conditions as a competition cars from a American Le Mans Series suffer several advantages with courtesy to weight and engine power.

In a 13 outings to date in a sports automobile classical during Sebring, Audi has claimed 22 lectern finishes, including 10 altogether victories. Three Audi drivers, Michele Alboreto/Dindo Capello/Stefan Johansson, mounted a lectern during a premiere on Mar 20, 1999. The Dane Tom Kristensen is a race’s many successful motorist with 6 wins. Marco Werner binds a path record during Sebring, a contingent Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish a stretch record.

Audi Sport Team Joest fields dual Audi R18 e-tron quattro prototypes. The stream World Endurance Champions and Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler (CH) and Benoît Tréluyer (F), who are upheld by Oliver Jarvis (GB) during Sebring, expostulate an R18 from 2012. Lucas di Grassi (BR), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB) start in a new R18 e-tron quattro from 2013, that celebrates a competition premiere during Sebring.

The Sebring raceverytrack is located on a former troops airfield, that Audi transforms into a ‘home of quattro’ this year and therefore picks adult a threads of a successful section of motorsport history: for a initial time given 1989, when drivers like Hans-Joachim Stuck and Walter Röhrl raced from feat to feat with a Audi 90 quattro in a IMSA-GTO series, Audi Sport contests a bureau eventuality in a USA with a racecar versed with four-wheel drive. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro is a initial hybrid sports automobile to win a 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its front wheels are powered electrically and so make a R18 a special form of quattro.

Exhibition with winning cars highlighting Audi’s motorsport story

Audi traditionally uses a impasse in competition prototypes to exam new technologies for destiny applications in prolongation cars. The fans during Sebring can learn this for themselves by embarking on a tour in time by a brand’s prior sports automobile eras. The muster shows an Audi R8 (ALMS leader 2002), an Audi R10 TDI (Sebring leader 2007), an Audi R15 TDI (Sebring leader 2009) and an Audi R18 TDI (Sebring leader 2012).

In serve to a active bureau drivers, a former Audi drivers and Sebring winners Frank Biela, Dindo Capello, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner are also benefaction and will be signing autographs, posing for photos and giving interviews for a fans. In this way, Audi interjection a ardent sports automobile fans in a USA for their long-standing faithfulness to a brand. “Without a shade of a doubt it’ll be an romantic competition weekend for us given Sebring and a illusory fans suffer a unequivocally special standing in both a motorsport and LMP history,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.”

In contrariety to final year, a American Le Mans Series deteriorate opener is not a partial of a FIA World Endurance Championship. The 2013 WEC deteriorate starts a month after on Apr 14 with a 6-hour competition during Silverstone, Great Britain.

Topics of a weekend

– LMP1 sports cars bid farewell to Sebring
– First Audi bureau eventuality in a USA with quattro expostulate given a brand’s impasse in a IMSA-GTO Series in 1989
– Race entrance for a serve grown Audi R18 e-tron quattro
– Premiere of a hybrid racecar in a USA

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport: “Sebring was always a bound date in a motorsport calendar given a commencement of a sports automobile module in 1999. And justifiably so, as Sebring is a quite tough racetrack. Hard and perfectionist for motorist and appurtenance – whoever survives this 12-hour competition though problems is customarily good versed for each other challenge. The competition will once again be a ideal dress operation for a stirring WEC deteriorate and a 24-hour competition during Le Mans.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“We transport to Sebring a small downhearted. It’s a genuine contrition that LMP1 sports cars will not be authorised to start anymore in this mythological race. The competition this year means some additional technical bid for us as we send dual cars of opposite generations to a grid. It’s good, however, that we can exam a serve grown Audi R18 e-tron quattro in competition conditions here. It’s always valid quite profitable in terms of scheming for a 24-hour competition during Le Mans. We are happy to accept a additional bid for this.”

Facts and quotes from a Audi drivers

Marcel Fässler (36/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
– First Swiss to win a World Championship pretension in automobile racing
– Competes for a third time during Sebring in a Le Mans Prototype
“Sebring is a unequivocally special competition interjection to a tradition, atmosphere and a track’s singular character. I’ve raced here twice before, though haven’t been means to win so far. we wish to change that this time around, generally as it’s substantially a final possibility we’ll get for a prolonged time to quarrel for altogether feat here with Audi.”

Oliver Jarvis (29/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
– First competition together with Le Mans winners Fässler and Tréluyer
– Competes for a second time in a competition in America
– Won a GT category in an Audi R8 GRAND-AM during Daytona on his U.S. entrance in January
“I was unequivocally happy when we got a call from Audi observant that we could competition during Sebring. The competition is one of a world’s biggest continuation classics. I’m quite unapproachable of being in a automobile with a two-time Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer. I’m certain that we can learn a lot from them and wish that we will be successful together. I’m already assured that this competition will be a prominence in my career.”

Benoît Tréluyer (36/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
– Starts his fourth deteriorate with Audi
– Starts for a second time during Sebring after his entrance final year
“Sebring is a special competition – for several reasons: firstly, a many intensely eager fans make a atmosphere something unequivocally special. Secondly, it is formidable to find a ideal set-up for a automobile given a lane is unequivocally rough and a aspect changes constantly between petrify and opposite forms of tarmac. The competition is a large plea for everybody. I’m looking brazen to mastering it.”

Lucas di Grassi (28/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
– First competition during Sebring
– Second competition for Audi (after WEC Brazil 2012)
“I’ve never been to Sebring, though I’ve listened from my team-mates that it is a fanciful competition and a lane is intensely demanding. This is because I’m excited, though also happy about carrying a same team-mates for my second tour as an Audi bureau motorist as we did for my entrance in 2012 during Interlagos. Tom (Kristensen) and Allan (McNish) helped me a lot during that time and they’ll also support me this time with many profitable tips.”

Tom Kristensen (45/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
– Record leader during Sebring with 6 altogether victories to his name
– Starts his 14th deteriorate as Audi bureau motorist in Florida
“Nothing has altered during Sebring given a days of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. So, a plea is a same as each year: to get by a trade well, to dispatch a automobile safely and fast around a unequivocally rough lane – and to win. The whole thing is apparently even some-more special as this could presumably be a final competition in an Audi antecedent during Sebring.”

Allan McNish (43/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
– Shares a cockpit with Tom Kristensen during Audi given 2006
– Has mounted a Sebring lectern 7 times in his career
“It was unequivocally good news when we listened that Audi would also competition during Sebring in 2013. After all, this competition is an critical partial of Audi’s sports automobile history. That there is also a spirit of goodbye unresolved over a eventuality gives a whole thing a special touch. Even some-more fans than common will positively come to a lane to privately knowledge a finish of an era. Just like a whole Audi team, we will also do my pinnacle to bid Sebring farewell with a win. This would make me unequivocally proud.”

The Audi drivers during Sebring

Lucas di Grassi (BR): * 11.08.1984 in São Paulo (BR); domicile: Monaco (MC); single; height: 1.79 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Sebring wins: –

Marcel Fässler (CH): * 27.05.1976 in Einsiedeln (CH); domicile: Gross (CH); married to Isabel, 4 daughters (Shana, Elin, Yael and Delia); height: 1.78 m; weight: 78 kg; Audi motorist given 2008; Sebring wins: –

Oliver Jarvis (GB): * 09.01.1984 in Burwell (GB); domicile: Burwell (GB); single; height: 1.80 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2008; Sebring wins: –

Tom Kristensen (DK): * 07.07.1967 in Hobro (DK); domicile: 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, Sebring wins: 6.

Allan McNish (GB): * 29.12.1969 in Dumfries (GB); domicile: 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; Sebring wins: 4.

Benoît Tréluyer (F): * 07.12.1976 in Alençon (F); domicile: Gordes (F); married to Melanie, one son (Jules); height: 1.78 m; weight: 68 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; Sebring wins: –

All winners of a 12 hours of Sebring (since 2000)

2000 Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro (Audi)
2001 Laurent Aiello/Michele Alboreto/Dindo Capello (Audi)
2002 Dindo Capello/Johnny Herbert/Christian Pescatori (Audi)
2003 Frank Biela/Philipp Peter/Marco Werner (Audi)
2004 Frank Biela/Pierre Kaffer/Allan McNish (Audi)
2005 Tom Kristensen/JJ Lehto/Marco Werner (Audi)
2006 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)
2007 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner (Audi)

2008 Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Emmanuel Collard (Porsche)
2009 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)
2010 Anthony Davidson/Marc Gené/Alexander Wurz (Peugeot)
2011 Loïc Duval/Nicolas Lapierre/Olivier Panis (Peugeot)
2012 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)

Circuit information

Circuit length: 6.019 km
Race duration: 12 hours
Pole position 2012: André Lotterer, Audi R18 TDI, 1m 45.820s = 202.5 km/h (16/03/2012)
Fastest path 2012: André Lotterer, Audi R18 TDI, 1m 46.567s = 203.3 km/h (17/03/2012)
Lap record qualifying: Marco Werner, Audi R10 TDI, 1m 44.974s = 204.2 km/h (15/03/2007)
Distance record: Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish, Audi R15 TDI, 383 laps = 189.9 km/h (21/03/2009)

Marcel Fässler about a Sebring circuit

“Compared to a complicated European racetrack, Sebring is a vestige from a 1960s. But a lane gains enormously in impression as a result: a petrify slabs of a aged airfield are aligned in rows one after a subsequent and have unequivocally conspicuous gaps between them and even large steps. You have to be dauntless during a initial and final corners. The initial spin has a blind entrance – a lane breadth narrows down from about 20 to usually 8 meters here. You have to be clever of a large strike on a dilemma exit. It can be unequivocally wily during night. In ubiquitous a circuit is not unequivocally good illuminated, though luckily we have a full LED headlights on a Audi. This helps us a lot and we wouldn’t like to be though them.”

Schedule (local time CET -5 hours)

Monday, Mar 11
08:00–12:00    Test event 1
13:00–17:00    Test event 2

Tuesday, Mar 12
11:50–12:50    Test event 3
16:50–17:50    Test event 4

Wednesday, Mar 13
17:00–18:00    Test event 5

Thursday, Mar 14
10:15–11:15    Free practice
15:15–16:15    Free practice
20:00–21:45    Night practice

Friday, Mar 15
09:20–10:20    Free practice
13:15–13:30    Qualifying (GTC)
13:35–13:50    Qualifying (GT)
14:00–14:15    Qualifying (LMPC)
14:20–14:35    Qualifying (LMP1/LMP2)
 
Saturday, Mar 16
08:00–08:25    Warm-up
10:30–22:30    12-hour race

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