If a 6-hour competition in a United Kingdom supposing a foretaste of a season, motorsport fans can demeanour brazen to an sparkling WEC year. Audi, Toyota and Porsche fought a three-way conflict with countless overtaking maneuvers and door-to-door fighting for positions from roughly start to finish. When a mottled dwindle fell, a series ‘7’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports automobile was using in front and motionless a competition in a preference with a 4.610-second advantage. The sister automobile of Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis took fifth place following dual unscheduled array stops.
“Congratulations to Marcel, André and Ben, who delivered illusory motorsport for 6 hours today,” pronounced Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “This feat is a dream start of a deteriorate and a good prerogative for a whole patrol for a tough work final winter. At a same time, this success motivates us even some-more for a good hurdles available us a subsequent few weeks. The weekend during Silverstone has also shown that we could be confronting what might be a many stirring and fiercely contested WEC deteriorate ever.”
At a beginning, events in a competition did not seem to prophesy good for automobile series ‘7.’ As a scold rigging could not immediately be engaged, Benoît Tréluyer, who had started from position five, mislaid a lot of belligerent and had to conflict his approach forwards again by half of a margin on a initial laps. After dual and a half hours, André Lotterer took over pushing duties from Marcel Fässler and 30 mins after a lead in a race. “A ideal day for Audi and for a team,” pronounced Lotterer. “We were underneath vigour from a initial to a final path and could not means to slip. We managed to do this and a group did all right during a array stops and with a ideal strategy. Now, we’re going to take this movement with us to Spa and to Le Mans.” The retaining duel between Marcel Fässler and Porsche motorist Neel Jani opposite many laps in that a dual Swiss overtook any other several times per lap, was quite impressive.
For a series ‘8’ sister car, a tip outcome seemed to be within strech as well. But dual correct stops in that a back bodywork had to be transposed following hit with a opposition and a fixings of a front hood subsequently had to be fastened, cost Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis about 7 mins and, as a result, all chances of clinching a lectern place. After starting from a second row, a Brazilian-French-British contingent had to settle for fifth place. “A illusory day for Audi, though apparently a 3 of us are rather disappointed,” pronounced Oliver Jarvis. “Still, we have certain impressions: a stirring competition and a initial feat for a new R18 e-tron quattro – this whets a ardour for a WEC season.”
Fans will not have to wait prolonged for a subsequent coming of a Audi R18 e-tron quattro. In only 3 weeks from now (May 2) turn dual of a FIA World Endurance Championship will be hold during Spa-Francorchamps (B). For Audi, a competition on a famous circuit in a Ardennes outlines a ‘dress rehearsal’ for a season’s apex event, a Le Mans 24 Hours. To ready for Le Mans, Audi Sport Team Joest will be fielding a third hybrid sports car, designated as series ‘9,’ that will be driven by Filipe Albuquerque (P), Marco Bonanomi (I) and René Rast (D).
1 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 201 laps
2 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) +4.160s
3 Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima (Toyota) +14.816s
4 Conway/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) -1 lap
5 di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) -4 laps
6 Rusinov/Canal/Bird (Ligier-Nissan) -16 laps
7 Yacaman/Derani/Gonzalez (Ligier-Nissan) -17 laps
8 Dalziel/Sharp/Heinemeier Hansson (HPD-Honda) -18 laps
9 Leventis/Watts/Kane (Dome-Nissan) -23 laps
10 Bruni/Vilander (Ferrari) -29 laps
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