Audi Motorsport Newsletter 37/2016

Posted on 09. Oct, 2016 by in Audi Canada

Lucas di Grassi is second in a Formula E opener in Hong Kong

Spectacular Formula E deteriorate opener in Hong Kong: Lucas di Grassi and ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport cumulative second place interjection to a tactical masterstroke. After a trip adult in qualifying, a Audi bureau motorist usually started a competition from 19th on a grid. An collision in a second corner, when di Grassi was incompetent to equivocate another competitor’s collision function in front of him, forced him to make a initial unscheduled array stop to change a shop-worn front wing. This forsaken him to a behind of a domain again. di Grassi used another reserve vehicle proviso to make a imperative vehicle change. A quip expostulate onto a lectern was cumulative by following a despotic appetite saving pushing character around a city lane underneath a skyscraper filled skyline. It is a 14th lectern finish in Formula E for a 32-year-old. Teammate Daniel Abt was also concerned in a collision during a start, though had to retire his shop-worn vehicle in a pits. To start a third deteriorate of a electric racing series, Audi augmenting a impasse with a usually German group and skeleton to enhance a bureau motorsport module to embody Formula E for a 2017/2018 season. Audi bureau motorist Loïc Duval (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) was 14th. In one week, Duval and di Grassi will share an Audi R18 cockpit during a seventh WEC competition during Fuji/Japan.

Audi successful in a VLN

At a ninth turn of a VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, Audi Sport patron racing teams cumulative positions dual and 3 in a SP9 category, as good as third place overall. By a finish of a four-hour competition that had formidable continue conditions, a twin of Christopher Mies and Connor De Phillippi in an Audi R8 LMS from Montaplast by Land-Motorsport missed a category feat by a tiny domain and finished third overall. Phoenix Racing achieved third place in category with drivers Frank Stippler and Anders Fjordbach.

Podium success for Phoenix Racing in China

Phoenix Racing Asia distinguished dual lectern finishes in a culmination of a 2016 China GT Championship during a Shanghai International Circuit. Marchy Lee and Alex Au piloted their Audi R8 LMS to third and second place altogether in a dual races hold alone on Thursday and Friday during a finish of a seven-day “Golden Week” inhabitant holiday duration in China.

First titles for Audi R8 LMS in North America

Together with a customers, Audi Sport patron racing has distinguished a initial titles of a Audi R8 LMS in North America. The GT3 competition vehicle prevailed in 3 categories of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Audi won a manufacturers’ pretension in a GTD category interjection to a points scored by a teams Magnus Racing and Stevenson Motorsports. The competition cars with a 4 rings also claimed victories in a special sequence done adult of a 4 vital continuation races during Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta: Magnus Racing kick 10 other outfits in a GTD teams’ sequence of a North American Endurance Cup, and Audi won a manufacturers’ prize forward of 5 other brands. For Audi, this has been a initial championship win in North America given a fibre of 9 unbroken titles in a American Le Mans Series between 2000 and 2008.

Benoît Tréluyer visits a Paris Motor Show

On Tuesday, Audi motorist Benoît Tréluyer visited a Paris Motor Show. At a muster in his French home, a assembly and media guest were gratified to see a three-time Le Mans leader during a Audi Sport partner Michelin stand. The veteran racer sealed autographs for a visitors, and explained to media member since tire preference in continuation racing mostly decides races.

A word from … Lucas di Grassi

The Audi bureau motorist constructed a illusory quip expostulate that saw him pierce from 19th on a grid to finish on a lectern in a opening turn of a Formula E deteriorate in Hong Kong.

A mad opening to a season: “From 0 to hero.” After messing adult subordinate and an collision during a start, have we ever been happier during a finish of a race? 

Obviously I’m delighted. But what happened in a competition has zero whatsoever to do with luck. We saw a eventuality when a reserve vehicle was deployed. It was indeed too early to change car, since this meant a bucket of laps with a second vehicle – some-more than we had planned. we saved appetite wherever we could and with a really regressive pushing character that exploited each Joule. we never suspicion that it would be possible, though we utterly literally squeezed all out of a vehicle – and a outcome was second place during a flag. Great! This shows once again that as a group we usually don’t give up. Races like these – or also that in Le Mans this year – uncover that it’s never over until a mottled dwindle waves. A large appreciate we currently also to my group and my mechanics who done this possible.

How do we rate a opening competition of a Formula E deteriorate in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a monumental city for Formula E – we can’t suppose a improved start to a new season. We perceived a outrageous volume of courtesy from a media and a fans in this megacity. Everybody in a city knew about a eventuality and applauded us. The Emotion Club in a paddock was sole out, as good as a grandstands, and there was a celebration atmosphere during a lectern – it wasn’t usually a illusory opener for me, though also for Formula E.

Manufacturer seductiveness is increasing. After Audi, also Jaguar, BMW and – as choice – Mercedes have settled their interest. From where does a seductiveness shown by a ‘big’ manufacturers come from? 

Motorsport has always had a attribute with growth and a goals of a vehicle industry. The manufacturers increasingly align themselves with electric mobility. And for this reason it is usually judicious that they come to Formula E and furnish electric drivetrains. Furthermore, Formula E as a competition array has turn really renouned and veteran after a really brief duration of time.

Coming adult subsequent week
14–15.10 Oschersleben (D), DMV GTC, races 15 and 16
14–15.10 Nürburgring (D), Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy, races 13 and 14
14–16.10 Fuji (J), WEC, turn 7
14–16.10 Hockenheim (D), DTM, races 17 and 18
14–16.10 Hockenheim (D), Audi Sport TT Cup, races 13 and 14
14–16.10 Mugello (I), Italian GT Championship, races 13 and 14
14–16.10 Brno (CZ), International Endurance Series, turn 7, 12-hour race
15–16.10 Penbay (RC), Audi R8 LMS Cup, races 9 and 10

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