Audi with absolute patrol during Le Mans and in FIA World Endurance Championship

Posted on 04. Feb, 2014 by in Audi Canada

For a initial time, a pretension defenders Loïc Duval (F) and Tom Kristensen (DK) are pity an Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Lucas di Grassi (BR). The former Formula One driver, who has been competing for Audi given 2012 and finished during Spa and Le Mans in third place final year, has been promoted to a purpose of a unchanging motorist and replaces Allan McNish (GB), who has finished his career as a competition driver. On a approach to a 2013 World Championship title, Duval, Kristensen and McNish won 3 WEC rounds – including a 24-hour competition during Le Mans. For record leader Kristensen, this noted a ninth success and for his team-mate Duval a first.

Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) again form a group in a third year of a FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2012, they clinched a WEC drivers’ pretension and feat during Le Mans for a second uninterrupted time. In 2013, a contingent won a WEC races during Spa, São Paulo and Shanghai and finished a drivers’ sequence as a runners-up.

In the  6-hour competition during Spa (May 3) and during a season’s apex eventuality during Le Mans (June 14/15), Audi will be fielding an additional R18 e-tron quattro.* This automobile will be driven by a prior DTM motorist Filipe Albuquerque (P) as good as by Marco Bonanomi (I) and Oliver Jarvis (GB). Bonanomi was exam and haven motorist for Audi’s LMP1 plan in 2013 while Jarvis won in a Sebring 12 Hours, that were not partial of a World Championship, and took third place during Spa and Le Mans. The seasoned supporter Marc Gené (E) will be a haven motorist for a races during Spa and Le Mans.

“In 2014, we again have a really good motorist line-up,” says Head of Audi Motorsport 
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Of march it’s not easy to reinstate a motorist like Allan McNish, who gathering for Audi for 14 years. But Lucas di Grassi has delivered convincing performances in all of his runs for Audi so far. For Filipe Albuquerque, a switch from a DTM to a WEC is function during a ideal indicate in time. He’s prepared for a subsequent career step. Our stream sports automobile patrol will means a prodigy in a deteriorate that poses a good plea due to a new Technical Regulations and new rivals.”

Chris Reinke, Project Leader LMP during Audi, says, “In Lucas di Grassi we’ve found a ideal element to Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval. Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer have been a plain group for several years. We’re gay to have Filipe Albuquerque as a motorist in a LMP1 sports car. He’s shown his ability to hoop a switch from a DTM automobile to an LMP1 antecedent in lane tests. Together with Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis he’s combining a earnest contingent that’ll truly strengthen a choice in a races it’ll be using in.”

Driver combinations for a 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

Spa 6 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours
Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK)
Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F)
Filipe Albuquerque/Marco Bonanomi/Oliver Jarvis (P/I/GB)*
All other races of a 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK)
Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F)

*subject to acknowledgment by a Selection Committee of a ACO and a FIA

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Note to editors: Every Monday until a Le Mans competition in June, we will be providing we with new credentials information on a R18 plan and Audi’s joining in a world’s many famous continuation competition that will be hold on Jun 14/15 this year. Next week’s topic: a logistics of a WEC season. 


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