World Champions Audi start from front row

Posted on 20. Apr, 2014 by in Audi Canada

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–]]>For a World Champions Tom Kristensen (DK) and Loïc Duval (F), a commencement of a deteriorate was finished to measure. The Dane started subordinate and on his dual fastest laps achieved an normal of 1m 42.625s before branch a automobile over to a Frenchman. At 1m 42.477s, a nine-time Le Mans leader also gathering a fastest path in a whole field. Together with a dual best laps by Loïc Duval automobile #1 achieved an normal of 1m 42.779s, that meant it was a front curtain for a brief time. In a end, a Audi bureau drivers had to acknowledge better to a #7 Toyota by usually 0.005 seconds. Regarding a formula it should be remarkable that, according to a new regulations, not usually a fastest times are essential in qualifying. Just like in a race, a potency manners concede a entrants to use a limit volume of appetite per path in qualifying. The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro consumes adult to 30 percent less, yet notwithstanding a reduce expenditure is on standard with final year’s time levels.  

The #2 sister automobile on a other palm struggled with some adversity in a season’s initial subordinate session. Benoît Tréluyer (F), according to his possess assessment, found it formidable to optimally coordinate a limit slight appetite expenditure with his time chase. The 2012 World Champion did not find his typically quick rhythm. Afterwards, his team-mate André Lotterer (D) had to do yet radio communications on his initial dual laps since a wire had distant from his helmet. When he determined a tie again himself and was means to rest on Audi Sport Team Joest’s instructions from a array line he softened once some-more on his final tour and a #2 diesel hybrid sports automobile modernized from fifth to fourth place.

The 6-hour competition during Silverstone starts on Sunday during 12:00 (13:00 CEST). Lucas di Grassi (BR), who has been purebred for a World Championship for a initial time this year, will expostulate a initial army in automobile #1, André Lotterer in automobile #2. Eurosport 2 will promote a competition from 14:00 to 15:00, Eurosport 1 will cover a final theatre of a competition from 18:00 to 19:00 (CEST).

Quotes after qualifying

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We gifted a unequivocally stirring subordinate session. Of march it’s unpleasant to have missed a stick position by usually 5 thousandths. The new cars during a front are unequivocally tighten together notwithstanding a opposite aerodynamics concepts they use here. That’s since we could see large differences in several lane sectors, for instance in terms of tip speed. I’m unequivocally fervent to see what will occur in a race, since it’s substantially going to rain. That would fit us good since we motionless to expostulate with comparatively high downforce – that might not have been optimal in qualifying. Still, I’m gratified with a result. We worked unequivocally tough during a winter. Now we can tell that we’re in quarrel during a front.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP):
“As we were means to formerly see in a Prologue during Le Castellet in Mar and in a initial use sessions during Silverstone, a cars of a 3 manufacturers are unequivocally tighten in terms of their path times notwithstanding a large differences in their concepts. So a assembly can demeanour brazen to an sparkling conditions from a simple perspective. We can frequency wait for a initial competition of a deteriorate to start.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“This was a stirring subordinate session. All 3 manufacturers are represented on a tip 3 grid positions. We already suspicion we’d clinched position one yet afterwards Kazuki Nakajima finished adult another tenth of a second. Afterwards, Loïc would have favourite to go out once more. It would have been probable to recapture a stick position yet we motionless to save tires for a race. If he hadn’t been behind in a pits nonetheless yet still out on lane we substantially would have given it another try. My congratulations to Toyota on their initial stick position.”

Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):
“It was unequivocally a unequivocally tighten subordinate session. Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval showed shining performances. Now we’ve got to wait and see how a continue develops on Sunday.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “At a front it was unequivocally close. It’s a contrition it wasn’t adequate for a stick position. Unfortunately, a Toyota cost me a bit of time on my second quick lap. But we don’t know if we could have achieved a best time otherwise. But all in all, we’re happy with a position on a front row. That’s not a bad commencement for a new season.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):
“An impossibly sparkling subordinate event with new cars, new participants and new rules. The approach a grid looks we can design a unequivocally stirring race. The path times are unequivocally good notwithstanding a reduce appetite consumption. The LMP1 models such as a Audi are a many fascinating competition cars of a universe for me during a moment. ‘Thank you’ to Audi Sport and Audi Sport Team Joest for carrying finished such a good pursuit of building and scheming a cars.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“The outcome is unequivocally close, deliberation that unequivocally opposite concepts are competing. That creates it unequivocally interesting. We didn’t have an easy subordinate event yet came tighten to a front runners. We can keep a gait on Sunday. Our group did a good job. It’ll be a unequivocally engaging race.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “I’m happy with my dual laps and a change of a automobile is okay. Unfortunately, a wire tie on my helmet came off and we had to repair it again even yet that caused me to remove some time. Then a competition operative Leena Gade told me that we should expostulate another lap. That authorised us to urge once more. This is not a bad starting bottom for a competition in that all a teams are faced with a lot of different quantities due to a new regulations.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“Unfortunately, things didn’t go a approach I’d been wishing for. On my outings, we used too most appetite and, as a result, had to lift on a final straight. During a tests in winter we achieved a expenditure aim but, unfortunately, currently we didn’t. My team-mate André Lotterer was doing unequivocally good in subordinate currently and a Audi R18 e-tron quattro was using perfectly. Tomorrow, I’ve got to be as good as my dual team-mates.”

Qualifying results

1 Nakajima/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) 1m 42.774s
2 Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 42.779s
3 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) 1m 43.087s
4 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 43.137s
5 Buemi/Davidson/Lapierre (Toyota) 1m 43.189s
6 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche) 1m 43.226s
7 Belicchi/Kraihamer/Leimer (Lola-Toyota) 1m 44.285s
8 Beche/Heidfeld/Prost (Lola-Toyota) 1m 44.392s
9 Canal/Pla/Rusinov (Morgan-Nissan) 1m 49.156s
10 Bradley/Howson/Matsuda (Oreca-Nissan) 1m 49.439s

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