e-tron quattro wins again during Le Mans

Posted on 23. Jun, 2013 by in Audi Canada

As expected, a twelfth delight for a 4 rings during Le Mans was one of a many formidable and hardest-fought ones. Following a change in a regulations that was done during brief notice, a 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars on normal were means to do dual laps reduction on one tank stuffing than their categorical opposition Toyota. The Audi drivers had to recompense for a additional array stops by faster path times on lane – and did so in continue conditions that during times were intensely difficult.

Rain showers crossed a lane again and again during a thespian race. They resulted in countless incidents and a sum of eleven reserve automobile deployments. The margin ran for some-more than 5 hours underneath ‘yellow’ while a lane was privileged and repairs were performed.

The 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars, that are versed with an electrically driven front axle, were a fastest vehicles in a margin via a whole foe – as good as a many fit ones: Victory in a Michelin Green X Challenge, a foe of a cleanest, fastest and many fit prototypes, went to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm as well.

“We owe a twelfth feat of a code during Le Mans to a consistent, innovative suggestion of a engineers, a umbrella joining of a whole group and a skills and clever nerves of a drivers. On interest of Audi, we extend my frank congratulations on this success to all of them,” pronounced Rupert Stadler, Chairman of a Board of Management of AUDI AG, who, as usual, privately watched a foe on location. “This outlines another good success for Audi in that a hybrid complement again prevailed and new technologies, that a business will also advantage from in a future, were tested.” They enclosed innovative radiators and matrix-beam LED headlights, that make best lighting of a corners during night probable – a essential advantage during Le Mans.  

“We knew that, not smallest due to a regulatory requirements, it would be really formidable for us this year,” commented Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “As expected, Toyota was a really clever opposition – though a Audi R18 e-tron quattro was in a category of a own. My interjection go to a whole group that worked for months to grasp this success.”

The twelfth Audi feat during Le Mans was achieved by a series ‘2’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by Loïc Duval (France), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland) who had started a foe from a stick position. For Duval, who had clinched a stick position on Wednesday, this was a initial success during a classical French continuation foe and a third for Allan McNish. Tom Kristensen, who has been a solitary record hilt of a foe given 2005, triumphed for a ninth time.

The winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro ran for 24 hours though a smallest technical problem. Duval/Kristensen/McNish took a lead during 21:43 on Saturday night and would not relinquish it anymore adult to triumphantly channel a finish line during 15:00 on Sunday. The 3 Audi drivers achieved a essential one-lap advantage over a second-placed Toyota during an early theatre and confirmed it all a approach to a end, even in partially pell-mell conditions with torrential rain.

Misfortune struck a other dual Audi squads that roughly concurrently were forced to make unscheduled array stops shortly before a finish of a seventh hour of a foe and, adult to that time, had done for an Audi one-two-three lead adult to that time. Oliver Jarvis was overwhelmed by a slower car and, as a result, suffered a punctured tire on that he had to finish scarcely an whole path that cost him dual laps. In a stirring final phase, Le Mans visitor Lucas di Grassi (Brazil), Marc Gené (Spain) and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) managed to pass a Toyota that had been using in third place adult to that time, and to so secure third place on a podium.

Due to changing a alternator Marcel Fässler (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Benoît Tréluyer (France) mislaid their certain lead a sum of twelve laps. With an considerable liberation a 2011 and 2012 winners managed to allege from 24th place to position 5 in their R18 e-tron quattro.

The 90th anniversary of a Le Mans 24 Hours was overshadowed by a deadly collision that occurred in a GT category shortly after a foe started. “Obviously, this terrible occurrence dampens a fun about another good Le Mans feat for Audi in that a group and a drivers were underneath impassioned tragedy for 24 hours and couldn’t make any mistakes,” commented Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “We were all totally repelled by a news of Allan Simonsen’s death. During his career, he also contested races in a Audi R8 LMS. Our magnetism essentially goes to his family and friends though to a group of Aston Martin as well. It shows that we contingency never stop doing whatever is probable for reserve in motorsport. This is a initial deadly collision we’ve had to declare in 15 Le Mans years. we wish it’ll sojourn a last.”

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