On a – provisionally – final using of a LMP1 sports cars that underline worldly record during Sebring, Audi Sport Team Joest achieved a autocratic one-two victory. Right from a start, a dual Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars set a pace, during a whole competition an Audi was during a front of a domain done adult of 42 prototypes and GT sports cars. The third-placed Lola-Toyota was trailing a leader by 5 laps during a finish.
For twelve hours, a dual Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars fought a extreme duel for feat and frequently overtook any other in tighten battle. In total, a lead between a dual R18 cars altered 20 times. A shop-worn under-floor of automobile array “1” that was eventually winning caused some headaches for Audi Sport Team Joest. The required repairs could be achieved though any vital time detriment during counsel durations though.
In a stirring duel between a team’s dual cars a stream Le Mans winners and World Endurance Champions Marcel Fässler (CH) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) and Sebring visitor Oliver Jarvis (GB) prevailed by a slight margin. All 3 distinguished their initial Sebring triumph. For Jarvis, after a GT success with a Audi R8 GRAND-AM during a Daytona 24 Hours, this noted a second feat during a classical U.S. continuation race.
With a opening of usually 7.679s, Lucas di Grassi (BR), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB) finished a Audi one-two result. A 60-second time chastisement due to a collision with a slower sports antecedent had been imposed opposite a 2013-specification Audi R18 e-tron quattro shortly before a finish of a third hour.
In 14 races during Sebring with Le Mans prototypes, this noted Audi’s eleventh altogether victory. Eight times a code with a 4 rings distinguished one-two results. The prerogative manufacturer’s total reflects 24 lectern places. Ten times an Audi started from a stick position – some-more mostly than any other manufacturer in a story of a competition that has been hold given 1952. The Audi R8, a R10 TDI and a R15 TDI any distinguished winning debuts during Sebring. With a initial feat of a diesel sports automobile in 2006 and now a initial delight of a hybrid competition automobile Audi achieved dual ancestral victories. Audi took a initial lectern and a initial win during a sports automobile competition during Sebring as well. In addition, Audi frequently used a lane in Florida to ready for a Le Mans 24 Hours.
This time, Audi Sport Team Joest will again stay during Sebring after a competition for tests with a Audi R18 e-tron quattro that has been subjected to serve development. It still stays to be seen possibly or not there will be a destiny for Audi during a U.S. continuation classic. After a American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and a GRAND-AM Series joined to form a new “United SportsCar Racing” array no LMP1 sports cars will be available to run anymore as of 2014.
U.S. fans will be means to see a Audi R18 e-tron quattro shortly again in a United States nonetheless. On Sep 22, a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will revisit a Circuit of a Americas in Austin (Texas).
Quotes after a race
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “That was a ideal finale! I’m really happy about this one-two feat in a competition in that both of a cars battled opposite any other all a approach to a finish and delivered a illusory uncover to a many fans. The whole patrol worked hard, so winning after a prolonged twelve hours is a sweetest reward. After victories with TFSI and TDI technology, Audi on clinching a win currently with a hybrid automobile has continued a success story during this race.”
Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “This is an superb outcome for what has during slightest provisionally been a final run here during Sebring. I’m happy about this one-two feat during that possibly of a dual teams would have deserved initial place. In a beginning, both cars were using on opposite strategies. At some indicate in time they were scarcely in together and during a finish not even 10 seconds apart. We’ve been enjoying a atmosphere here during Sebring with shining continue and singular fans. This feat is a good prerogative for a whole patrol some of whom worked by a whole night before a competition and afterwards delivered ideal array stops for twelve hours straight.”
Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “Celebrating Audi’s final competition here during Sebring with a feat is simply fantastic. It was an impossibly tighten competition in that both cars would have deserved to win. In a end, we were a somewhat some-more advantageous ones. The stick position yesterday, feat today, good team-mates – things couldn’t be any improved today.”
Oliver Jarvis (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “What a start into a 2013 season! This isn’t a dream; it’s a lot some-more than that. Winning with Audi during Daytona already was an implausible experience. But now an altogether feat on my initial run during Sebring on tip of that is some-more than I’d ever dared to wish for. A outrageous appreciate we to Audi and to Marcel (Fässler) and Ben (Tréluyer) – they’ve been a best team-mates we could imagine.”
Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “We won a final competition of a LMP1 sports cars during Sebring – we’re really unapproachable of this. we consider that a fans witnessed a stirring competition in that we had to give one hundred percent to kick a sister car. For us a American dream has come loyal today. Thank we to Marcel (Fässler) and Oliver (Jarvis) fora good week here during Sebring. Normally, André (Lotterer) is partial of a group as good – I’m certain that he’d have been on tip of a lectern here too.”
Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “This was my initial 12-hour race, my initial competition in a dim and my initial run during Sebring – a lectern position is a shining end of a weekend. It was a really tighten competition with a few incidents and a argumentative penalty. More would have been probable for us though as distant as I’m endangered a fun about a second place with Audi outweighs anything else.”
Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It was a memorable, tough and quick race. We had a possibility ourselves to win currently – though we didn’t make it. So, ‘well done’ to a guys from a ‘sister car’ and all other winners here during Sebring. Aside from a second place I’m holding a lot of memories home with me from all a years and a fastest competition path on today’s farewell. It’s for a male who has given me a passion for motorsport.”
Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “What a illusory race! We arrived here with Audi in sequence to contend goodbye to a fans during Sebring with a stirring opening – and we trust we managed to do that. It was a extreme conflict from a initial to a final lap. I’d like to honour a group of a ‘sister car.’ On a really personal note, I’m positively gratified with a race. Some of my stints were a best we can remember in a past few years.”
1 Fässler/Jarvis/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 364 laps in 12h 00m11.638s
2 di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) + 7.679s
3 Prost/Heidfeld/Jani (Lola-Toyota) – 5 laps
4 Graf/Luhr/Dumas (HPD-Honda) – 6 laps
5 Beche/Cheng/Belicchi (Lola-Toyota) – 10 laps
6 Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe (HPD-Honda) – 18 laps
7 Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud (HPD-Honda) – 19 laps
8 Kimber-Smith/Zugel/Lux (Zytek) – 22 laps
9 Cheng/Guasch/Ostella (ORECA) – 28 laps
10 Marcelli/Cumming/Johansson (ORECA) – 28 laps
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