World Champions Audi second in Bahrain

Posted on 01. Dec, 2013 by in Audi Canada

Until shortly before a race’s midpoint, Audi Sport Team Joest was in a earnest position in a final 6-hour foe of a year. Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) in a Audi R18 e-tron quattro, with a opening of about 15 seconds, were using within distinguished stretch of a heading Toyota. Then, on path 95, Duval reported a problem in a energy delivery complement over a radio. For a initial time in 23 races that a several Audi R18 models have finished given 2011, a technical forsake resulted in retirement. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) subsequently took over second place from their team-mates. After 3:33 hours of racing, a stewards of a assembly imposed a drive-through chastisement opposite Marcel Fässler for overtaking underneath yellow flags. Consequently, a array ‘1’ R18 e-tron quattro mislaid some-more than one notation and, after 6 hours of racing, crossed a finish line in second place.

On holding this 15th lectern position in a stream WEC season, Audi resolved an continuation racing year full of highlights in Bahrain. Audi Sport Team Joest motionless 6 of a 8 WEC rounds in a preference – one some-more than final year. The association distinguished a second pretension success in a manufacturer’s World Championship* early with a hybrid sports car. Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish won a drivers’ World Championship* early as well, following their Audi team-mates Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, who were a initial World Champions of a new array a prior year, Audi’s twelfth feat in a Le Mans 24 Hours, a eleventh success during a Sebring 12 Hours hold as partial of a American Le Mans Series, a win of a tradition-steeped ‘Tourist Trophy’ during Silverstone and 5 subordinate best times in a WEC finished a tally. In addition, Audi won a drivers’ pretension in a DTM this year with Mike Rockenfeller and a group sequence with Audi Sport Team Phoenix.

Audi’s racing deteriorate is over now, though a patrol has prolonged begun to intensively prepared for 2014. That is when a essentially new set of regulations, rewarding a best efficiency, will come into outcome in a WEC. Audi is building a totally new foe automobile for it that will make a racing entrance in a WEC deteriorate opener during Silverstone on Apr 20, 2014.

* Subject to a central announcement of a formula by a FIA

Quotes after a race

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We can be really gratified with a season. We won a World Championship and a Le Mans 24 Hours and showed glorious races. That it wasn’t adequate currently was a bit of a shame. But Toyota was simply stronger here. Unfortunately, a R18 e-tron quattro late with a technical forsake for a initial time in a final foe of all races. But this usually shows how arguable a cars have always been adult to now.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP):
“We’re looking behind on a really clever season. As a aim, we’d have wished for another victory, so we achieved second place in Bahrain. The usually retirement of an R18 for a technical reason to date impressively shows how unapproachable we can be of all a performances this foe automobile has been delivering.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“This was a really successful deteriorate for Audi and for Audi Sport Team Joest. Unfortunately, a final foe doesn’t ideally fit a picture. Toyota has done a step brazen in a past dual races. Our World Champions late today. With automobile array ‘1’ we attempted all though afterwards had to offer a drive-through chastisement and acknowledge defeat. Still, we done a symbol on this season.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “Naturally, we’d have favourite to have won this foe too though a foe was really clever today. We altered a plan during a march of a foe and we gathering dual stints on one set of tires. Unfortunately, a outcome wasn’t a approach we’d hoped for since a tire hold had degraded by a end. But we simply had to take a risk. We all battled tough for victory. On a whole, we had a good deteriorate that a whole Audi group can be unapproachable of.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “We attempted to save fuel today. As a result, a stroke of pushing wasn’t as easy as usual. Toward a finish of a foe overtaking trade was scarcely difficult. On any lap, there were slower cars in accurately a places where we slightest indispensable them to be. But a automobile was really good today. Basically, we’re simply stronger on other forms of tracks.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):
“This was a really tough foe today. The early proviso on used tires was difficult. On uninformed tires, a automobile was easier to drive. we found my stroke a bit too late. Our sister automobile was simply improved on track. Unfortunately, it retired. But together we’ve gifted a good season. Congratulations to Toyota on winning.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“As expected, a extreme conflict with Toyota ensued. Tom Kristensen was pushing a clever army and afterwards we took over. It was a strategically engaging race. Unfortunately, a problem in a energy delivery complement occurred that meant a finish of a race.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “All a engineers, mechanics and other members of a group worked tough for many days and nights this year in sequence to prepared these good cars for us. We’d have favourite to prerogative them with another good outcome in a final race. Up until a retirement, we showed them and a spectators a good battle.”

Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and we had a illusory season. We clinched all a good victories, starting during Silverstone, and afterwards of march a Le Mans 24 Hours, Austin and, ultimately, a early pretension win: A shining outcome for Audi Sport. We arrived in Bahrain but any pressure. We battled with Toyota. Just when we was removing prepared to get into a automobile for my initial stint, a news came that a foe was over. It’s a initial retirement for a technical reason. But that can’t amalgamate what has been a first-class deteriorate otherwise.”

Race results

1 Buemi/Davidson/Sarrazin (Toyota) 199 laps in 6h 01m 15.303
2 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) + 1m 10.585s
3 Conway/Martin/Rusinov (Oreca-Nissan) – 15 laps
4 Brundle/Heinemeier Hansson/Pla (Morgan-Nissan) – 15 laps
5 Lancaster/Reip/Wirdheim (Zytek-Nissan) – 15 laps
6 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman (Morgan-Nissan) – 17 laps
7 Cheng/Ihara/Nicolet (Morgan-Nissan) – 19 laps
8 Dolby/Giroix/Kerr (Oreca-Nissan) – 21 laps
9 Bruni/Vilander (Ferrari) – 24 laps
10 Bergmeister/Pilet (Porsche) -24 laps

Ret Duval/Kristensen/McNish (Audi)

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