“For us, it’s critical to have competition drivers in a patrol who also fit a Audi code good in terms of their personalities,” stresses Dr. Ullrich, who has been during a helm of Audi Sport given Nov 1993. The initial motorist sealed by a Austrian was Emanuele Pirro. He remained underneath agreement for 15 years and currently is a code envoy for a company. His compatriot Dindo Capello, who has given acquired shareholdings in 3 Audi centers in Italy, was an Audi bureau motorist even for 19 years, and Frank Biela for 18. All of these are scarcely prolonged and successful top-caliber careers – quite in a use of one and a same brand. All 3 have won a Le Mans 24 Hours with Audi as well. Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro did so together 5 times.
The glorious successes of Tom Kristensen, who with 8 triumphs underneath his belt is a record hilt during Le Mans, will always be related to a Audi code as well. Allan McNish during a circle of Audi sports cars has made a competition during La Sarthe usually like Marco Werner has. And a subsequent era of drivers is withdrawal no mill unturned to turn equally successful: Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) have been dominant during La Sarthe given 2011 and are a stream FIA World Endurance Champions.
“We’ve always managed to make a drivers feel like ‘Audians,’” says Dr. Ullrich. “The code with a 4 rings supports us in this. Audi has always clearly indicated how critical successes in motorsport are and that a code likes to see a competition drivers as ambassadors. Our drivers are unapproachable to be means to contest for a Audi code that is so successful.”
While a Le Mans plea has always been a good one, a mandate form has changed. “The talent has got to be really strong, though it’s not particularly about sitting in a automobile for a longer duration of time and pushing unchanging path times anymore,” says a Head of Motorsport. “Today, we need drivers who conduct to finish a genuine 24-hour scurry in a group but creation any mistakes. That’s because we’ve always sealed motorist personalities who held a courtesy with their opening intensity and ability to consider risks, and who so frequency had accidents.”
In further to these normal traits, there is a lot some-more concerned for Dr. Ullrich: “Our drivers have to be group players and code with a brand. Then they will form a section together with a Team Director and a Head of Sport. Everyone pursues their aims together and everybody supports any other, generally in formidable moments. The drivers have to be peaceful to put particular interests aside.”
Driver pairings for Le Mans have frequently had to be recombined. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were pushing together for 7 years given 2006 – there is arguably no other veteran continuation racing group that can explain such longevity. “Accordingly, anticipating a inheritor for Capello after a finish of his career was a vital challenge,” says Dr. Ullrich. “We were seeking someone who was pushing during a really high turn and who was well-matched with a personalities of a other two. In Loïc Duval, we found a glorious solution.” A third group was newly shaped as well: Marc Gené (E) competes with Lucas di Grassi (BR) and Oliver Jarvis (GB). “You can usually tell how good a motorist patrol functions after it’s driven together. A singular competition is typically not adequate for this.”
The Head of Motorsport frequently grants capitulation to his drivers to attend in other events as good – Mike Rockenfeller, for instance, won a Daytona 24 Hours in 2010 during a circle of a Daytona prototype. “I’m assured that it’s good for a competition motorist to have a wish like this fulfilled,” says a Audi manager with certainty. “He can work on his operation of pushing skills and receives new impulses concerning a approaches used by other teams. And this has always had a motivating effect, and so in a finish paid off for Audi as well.”
At a moment, Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer are celebrating good success – from dual uninterrupted Le Mans victories to a FIA WEC World Champion’s pretension in 2012. Prior to being sealed by Audi in 2010, nothing of a 3 drivers had ever been on a lectern during Le Mans. “This is a multiple of 3 well-developed talents,” praises a Head of Motorsport. “Here, a patrol has shaped that has comprehensive trust in any other. And each member is on a good opening level. This means we’ve got 3 comprehensive sports automobile stars together in one car. And they’ve privately grown so tighten together that they’re intensely joined and so unusually strong.”
Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer are not a initial successful contingent of Audi – and positively not a last.
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