Audi scores 22 points in conflict for WEC pretension in China

Posted on 03. Nov, 2014 by in Audi Canada

Audi had no possibility of repeating final year’s feat on a 5.451-kilometer lane during Shanghai. Qualifying had formerly indicated that a R18 e-tron quattro is incompetent to uncover a full intensity in parsimonious turns and on prolonged straights. In annoy of this disadvantage, a stirring conflict with a series 14 Porsche for a lectern position ensued. Thanks to a successful foe set-up and good pushing performances Audi remained in distinguished stretch of a rival, who had achieved a best time in qualifying, for a prolonged time. However, an additional refueling stop shortly before a finish of a foe deprived a Audi patrol of any possibility to bind a trophy.

Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer were using in fifth place for a prolonged time. However, a fifth array stop that was done progressing than scheduled for tactical reasons gave a 2012 World Champions an advantage over a sister automobile and they achieved fourth place. As a result, a motorist contingent softened from third to second place in a drivers’ standings. Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen finished Audi’s group outcome in China in fifth place, with Audi outperforming a series 20 Porsche in a process.

After a sixth of 8 WEC races, a code with a 4 rings, trailing Toyota with a 29-point gap, stays a runner-up in a manufacturers’ classification. As a result, a pretension preference has been postponed. In only 13 days from now, a FIA WEC will be holding turn 7 during a Bahrain International Circuit. Audi – a early winners of a manufacturers’ and drivers’ universe championships in 2012 and 2013 – is going to leave no mill unturned to continue to check a pretension preference in a dried of a cove state.

Quotes after a race

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “Although a formula are a small softened than those in qualifying, they’re apparently not satisfactory. We knew that it would be formidable here. The yellow duration during a commencement helped a competitors with gasoline engines. They were means to refuel early and, as a result, saved a stop during a end. In a case, due to a prescribed fuel tank ability and a interlude intervals, this wasn’t possible. At Shanghai, we simply didn’t have a possibility on a prolonged straights.”

Chris Reinke (Leiter LMP):
“We gifted a formidable foe on a lane that doesn’t ideally fit a concept. We weren’t in row for a tip mark though a foe within a group and a conflict with a ‘Group sister’ Porsche was all a some-more thrilling. The group and a drivers done use of their possibilities and did an exquisite job.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “The approach a foe went was a bit hapless for us. The cars with gasoline engines profited from an early reserve automobile period. As a result, they didn’t have to array during a end. Only a series 20 Porsche, that had a puncture, eventually done a same series of stops as we did. At a finish, it was trailing us. A good conflict ensued with a series 14 Porsche though due to a series of stops we were unfortunately not on an equal footing. But during Shanghai we were softened than in a prior foe during Fuji.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “In terms of positions, this was a limit we could grasp today. The early reserve automobile duration didn’t assistance us since a cars with gasoline engines were means to array earlier, that saved them a stop during a end. We had a waste of carrying to refuel again during a finish of a foe because, due to a regulations, we have to competition with a smaller fuel tank. For us, a duel within a group was thrilling. That was high vital art.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“It’s a contrition that we didn’t finish on a podium. We done a best of a situation. More isn’t probable on marks with such characteristics underneath a stream circumstances. Hopefully, things will be a bit softened in Bahrain. We’re going to give it a all.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It was a tough race. The whole group did a extensive job. Due to a regulations we’re not good adequate on a straights. But a automobile was using though a smallest problems. Driving was fun; we had a good sporting competition with a sister automobile and a Porsche. We attempted to kick Porsche and finish on a lectern though it wasn’t adequate for that. We’re happy with a teamwork and are really encouraged for a finish of a season.”

Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):  “This wasn’t a best weekend. On a certain note, we softened by one position compared to qualifying. Audi took positions 4 and 5 though of march we’d have favourite to conflict for a podium. We gave all though some-more wasn’t probable on this track.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “It was a tough and stirring race. We fought an heated conflict with a sister automobile and with Porsche. But we weren’t as good as a competitors. We’d have favourite to have been in row for a tip outcome though a outcome currently was a best we were means to achieve. Now we’ve got to ready for a entrance races.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “Another bittersweet weekend. The whole group done no mistakes, a cars were using perfectly. The drivers gave their best. We had a good battle; that was substantially good for television. Unfortunately, we weren’t good adequate on a straights. At a same time, we had to refuel earlier. But nothing’s been motionless yet. We won’t give up.”

Race results

1 Buemi/Davidson (Toyota), 188 laps in 6h 01m 15.319s
2 Nakajima/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) + 1m 12.564s
3 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) – 1 lap
4 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 1 lap
5 Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 1 lap
6 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche) – 2 laps
7 Beche/Heidfeld/Prost (Rebellion-Toyota) – 8 laps
8 Belicchi/Kraihamer/Leimer (Rebellion-Toyota) – 8 laps
9 Canal/Pla/Rusinov (Ligier-Nissan) – 11 laps
10 Dalziel/Gonzalez/Sharp (HPD-Honda) – 14 laps

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