After Audi was hapless in a WEC deteriorate opener dual weeks ago with dual retirements, turn dual constructed a clearer design of a effects of a new potency regulations and a ratings. Lucas di Grassi (BR) and a dual World Champions Loïc Duval (F) and Tom Kristensen (DK) battled and finished a Spa 6 Hours as a runners-up. As a R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid sports automobile did not utterly grasp a path times of a best competition cars with gasoline engines, that have a opposite rating than a fit TDI power-plant, Audi opted for a opposite strategy. To save time, Audi Sport Team Joest altered a tires of automobile #1 usually during each second refueling stop.
Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen modernized to third place during a race’s midpoint, fighting a sundry conflict with a #7 Toyota for second place. The final array stop constructed a rough decision: 21 mins before a finish of a race, Loïc Duval had to refuel for a seventh time and went behind out with a four-second advantage. He successfully shielded second place to a finish, with a 6.935-second advantage over a third-placed car.
Car #2, that usually achieved fifth place, gifted a competition with setbacks. An electric receiver for a path trigger had distant during an early theatre of a race. As a result, a R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) was no longer receiving a organizer’s path vigilance during a commencement of a race. As this pulser serves several systems André Lotterer was not means to use a full hybrid energy of his competition automobile possibly until a repair. A vigour detriment in a tire on path 101 cost automobile #2 additional time.
By contrast, Filipe Albuquerque (P) and Marco Bonanomi (I) achieved a good rhythm. Their #3 R18 e-tron quattro tested a aerodynamics various for a Le Mans 24 Hours. At a same time, sports automobile rookie Albuquerque on his WEC entrance familiarized himself with his new competition automobile while Bonanomi, following a year as a exam and haven driver, contested his initial competition again. Further into a race, both Audi drivers kept improving their path times and eventually finished in sixth place.
After a turn during Spa, a WEC teams will accommodate again during Le Mans for a exam day on Jun 1. Two weeks later, a season’s apex eventuality is on a bulletin – a Le Mans 24 Hours on Jun 14 and 15 in that Audi has distinguished twelve victories to date.
Quotes after a race
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “A second place was a best we could make out of a conditions today. I’m happy that we managed to do that. We got all a cars to finish and nothing of a cars is damaged. After a Silverstone opener, that’s a certain outcome. There’s still a lot to do and we’re rebellious these tasks.”
Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “For us during Audi Sport, it was a outrageous bid to put all 3 cars on a grid in such a plain technical condition, to finish a competition with a critical outcome and to take a lectern in a process. Obviously, we’d directed for some-more though we did a good pursuit of scheming for Le Mans, that had been a categorical goal. Car #3 collected critical commentary too, so that we can leave Spa with a feeling of satisfaction.”
Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “We’ve got to be happy about second place. Congratulations to Toyota, they unequivocally built a good car. We gathering a initial genuine competition this deteriorate and have scored points and gained experience. This competition was a service after a run during Silverstone. We finished with all 3 cars and gathering an roughly flawless race. Only in a box of automobile #2, things weren’t using uniformly in each respect. But underneath a given conditions, we weren’t means to keep a gait of a winning car. On a certain note, a tires still worked really good on a second stint. But we were using cars #1 and #2 with some-more downforce, that helps here. We schooled a lot, also with automobile #3.”
Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “A large appreciate we to a mechanics and a group that prepared dual new cars for us before a race. We gave a best currently and squeezed out each little bit. Today we gathering with a WEC aerodynamics, that helped us change a tires usually during each second array stop. Everybody did an superb job, though we’re going to have to urge some some-more in sequence to be in row during Le Mans.”
Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “This was a best we could grasp today. The start was good, only like a group opening and a strategy. The automobile felt illusory though we weren’t quick enough. We need to continue to work hard. The competition during Le Mans has a singular character. The series of array stops will play a purpose too.”
Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “With a really good group opening we achieved second place nonetheless we’re not on a standard in terms of acceleration and tip speed. But we didn’t give up. The mechanics, a engineers and all a other group members can be proud. Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and we managed to expostulate a good race. Fortune played a bit of a purpose in this second place, though so did copiousness of ambition. we do not see us as a favorites during Le Mans this year.”
Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It was a formidable competition given we had a few technical issues. For us, it was a bit unsatisfactory that we couldn’t utterly keep a pace. We battled and a patrol gave everything. It was positively not a miss of commitment. There’s a lot to be analyzed. After Silverstone, it was critical to finish a race. It’s transparent that now we’ve got to urge some more.”
André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “’Well done’ to automobile #1 given second place is certain for Audi. Unfortunately, for us, it wasn’t a optimal race. we had problems with a path signal, that also marred a hybrid performance. And then, to make things worse, there was a vigour detriment in a tire. That’s because we mislaid a lot of belligerent and attempted to make a best of it. More than fifth place wasn’t probable though a proclivity stays really high.”
Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It was a tough competition for us. We had to cope with a few setbacks. The group did a really good job. I’ve never seen a correct being finished so fast. We mislaid roughly no time. we honour this patrol that has already had so most tough work to do after Silverstone. It wasn’t a weekend. We schooled a lot and that’s good for Le Mans.”
Filipe Albuquerque (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): “It was a good entrance for automobile #3 and for me. we done no mistakes and we primarily followed a team-mates. We schooled a lot here for Le Mans. That was a categorical goal. I’m gratified with a race. It was good fun. Marco and we squeezed a limit out of a car.”
Marco Bonanomi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): “It’s a good feeling to be behind in a racing situation, to be battling for positions and to give all on each lap. I’m happy with that. But a outcome isn’t what we directed for. We knew before a start that a package differs from those of a others. We schooled a lot and softened given a subordinate session. We’re looking forward to Le Mans with a certain suggestion and are prepared to conflict on a same turn as a others.”
1 Buemi/Davidson/Lapierre (Toyota) 171 laps in 6h 01m 31.675s
2 Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) + 1m 13.926s
3 Nakajima/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) + 1m 20.861s
4 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) – 1 lap
5 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 1 path
6 Albuquerque/Bonanomi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 2 laps
7 Beche/Heidfeld/Prost (Rebellion-Toyota) – 10 laps
8 Canal/Pla/Rusinov (Morgan-Nissan) – 11 laps
9 Dolan/Gené/Tincknell (Zytek-Nissan) – 11 laps
10 Bradley/Howson/Imperatori (Oreca-Nissan) – 12 laps
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