Treluyer Lotterer Fassler Audi Le Mans

In front of nearly 300,000 spectators, Audi continued its unique string of victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the 82nd running of the world’s most important endurance race, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer and Lucas di Grassi/Marc Gené/Tom Kristensen  made for a one-two Audi victory. 

It marked the 13th Le Mans success for the brand with the four rings in only 16 runs – and may have been the most valuable one to date, as Audi Sport Team Joest prevailed against massive competition by Le Mans returnee Porsche and Toyota in an extremely tough race that was completely open for a long time. The decision in favour of the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars was only made in the final phase.

“We’ve seen many exciting races and celebrated great victories at Le Mans but this success has a very special significance,” said Professor Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, following the triumphant finish by the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars. “We didn’t enter this race as favourites and in Porsche and Toyota had two very strong rivals. That we managed to win Le Mans again this time in spite of this is a fantastic achievement by the whole Audi squad. We’re tremendously happy and my thanks go to all who have made this success possible.”

“The new Le Mans regulations place an even greater focus on the efficiency of the race cars at Le Mans than before,” said Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, who as Board Member for Technical Development is responsible for the motorsport program of AUDI AG. “In the TDI, the world’s most efficient drive technology has prevailed at Le Mans yet again. At the same time, with our successful first use of the laser light, we continued our string of technological pioneering achievements at Le Mans. I’d like to thank everybody who has worked extremely hard for this success, above all of course the Audi Sport squad.”

For Audi, the Le Mans 24 Hours was billed as ‘Welcome Challenges’ – and there were plenty of them in the 82nd running of the famous endurance race for the brand with the four rings. Following a serious accident of Loïc Duval in Wednesday’s free practice, Audi Sport Team Joest had to prepare the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in record time again from scratch and to replace Loïc Duval with Marc Gené. That this team was on course for victory on Sunday morning says everything about the feat performed by the mechanics. However, in the end, the change of an injector and a turbocharger narrowly prevented this fairy tale from coming true. With a gap of three laps Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené and Tom Kristensen took second place.

Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer took the lead for the first time on Sunday morning, shortly after 5 a.m., after having put consistent pressure throughout the night on the Toyota that had been leading for a long time. As the turbocharger had to be changed on their R18 as well, car #2 temporarily dropped to third place before moving back to the front in a remarkable recovery during which André Lotterer also set the fastest race lap of 3m 22.567s.

In the hectic first hours, the fascinating Le Mans prototypes of Audi, Porsche and Toyota were fighting captivating duels on the Le Mans high-speed circuit that kept the spectators in awe. The fans experienced one of the most gripping races in Le Mans history until noon on Sunday. The decision in favour of Audi was only made in the penultimate hour.

“It was a race of the kind you can only experience at Le Mans,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “There were many incidents and none of the top cars made it across the distance without any problems. The decisive factors were that our Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were able to drive consistently fast for 24 hours, our drivers made no mistakes and our squad responded properly and quickly to the issues that occurred. In Porsche and Toyota we had two really strong rivals who, as expected, did not make life easy for us. I always believed that, in spite of the particularly difficult prerequisites for us this year, we’d be able to succeed and that we’ve got the most efficient race car. That we succeeded again makes me feel proud. ‘Thanks’ also from me to the whole squad, but to our Management Board and our Group as well that make it possible for us to demonstrate ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ at Le Mans year after year. But I also express my respect for the performance delivered by Porsche on their return to Le Mans.”

For Audi, this marked the 13th victory in the ‘24 Heures,’ the eighth one with TDI Power and the third one with a hybrid race car. The team of Reinhold Joest celebrated its 15th success in the world’s most important endurance race. Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, after 2011 and 2012, achieved their third Le Mans triumph.

Allan McNish Loic Duval Tom Kristensen Audi Le Mans 2

We have 56 cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans! Here they are. The list of 56 cars is set by number, team, car and nominated driver.

LMP1-H (7 Cars)
1 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Lucas di Grassi
2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Marcel Fassler
3 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Filipe Albuquerque
7 – Toyota Racing – Toyota TS040 Hybrid – Alexander Wurz
8 – Toyota Racing – Toyota TS040 Hybrid – Anthony Davidson
14 – Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid – Romain Dumas
20 – Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid – Timo Bernhard

LMP1-L (3 Cars)
9 – Lotus – Lotus T129 AER – Christijan Albers
12 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R-One Toyota – Nicolas Prost
13 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R-One Toyota – Mathias Beche

LMP2 (17 Cars)
21 – Strakka Racing – Dome Strakka S103 Nissan – Nick Leventis
22 – Millennium Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Fabien Giroix
23 – Millennium Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Stefan Johansson
24 – Sebastien Loeb Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Rene Rast
26 – G-Drive Racing – Morgan Nissan – Roman Rusinov
27 – SMP Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Kirill Ladygin
33 – OAK Racing Team Asia – Ligier JS P2 HPD – David Cheng
34 – Race Performance – Oreca 03 Judd – Michel Frey
35 – OAK Racing – Morgan Nissan – Alex Brundle
36 – Signatech Alpine – Alpine A450 Nissan – Paul-Loup Chatin
37 – SMP Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Sergey Zlobin
38 – Jota Sport – Zytek Z11SN Nissan – Simon Dolan
41 – Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN Nissan – Tom Kimber-Smith
43 – Newblood by Morand Racing – Morgan Judd – Christian Klien
46 – Thiriet by TDS Racing – Ligier JS P2 Nissan – Pierre Thiriet
47 – KCMG – Oreca 03 Nissan – Matthew Howson
48 – Murphy Prototypes – Oreca 03 Nissan – Greg Murphy

GTE PRO (12 Cars)
51 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Gianmaria Bruni
52 – Ram Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Matt Griffin
71 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Davide Rigon
73 – Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – Jan Magnussen
74 – Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – Oliver Gavin
89 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Bruno Senna
91 – Porsche Team Manthey – Porsche 911 RSR – Patrick Pilet
92 – Porsche Team Manthey – Porsche 911 RSR – Marco Holzer
93 – SRT Motorsports – SRT Viper GTS-R – Rob Bell
94 – SRT Motorsports – SRT Viper GTS-R – Jeroen Bleekemolen
97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Darren Turner
99 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Stefan Mucke

GTE AM (16 Cars)
53 – Ram Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Johnny Mowlem
58 – Team Sofrev ASP – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fabien Barthez
60 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Peter Ashley Mann
61 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Luis Perez Companc
62 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Yannick Mallegol
67 – Imsa Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Erik Maris
72 – SMP Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Andrea Bertolini
75 – Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Francois Perrodo
77 – Dempsey Racing-Porton – Porsche 911 RSR – Patrick Dempsey
81 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Stephen Wyatt
87 – Craft Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Frank Yu
88 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Christian Ried
90 – 8Star Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia – Vicente Potolicchio
95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Kristian Poulsen
96 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Richie Stanaway
98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Paul Dalla Lana

Garage 56
0 – Nissan Motorsports Global – Nissan ZEOD RC – Lucas Ordoñez

 

Reserves

LMP (5 Reserves)
50 – Larbre Competition – Morgan Judd – Jacques Nicolet
30 – Signatech Alpine – Alpine A450 Nissan – Nelson Panciatici
42 – Caterham Racing – Zytek Z11SN Nissan – Chris Dyson (withdrawn)
40 – Boutsen Ginion Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Vincent Capillaire
29 – Pegasus Racing – Morgan Nissan – Julien Schell

GTE (5 Reserves)
66 – JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – George Richardson
70 – Team Taisan – Ferrari F458 Italia – Matteo Malucelli
76 – Imsa Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Raymond Narac
79 – Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Xavier Maassen
57 – Risi Competizione – Ferrari F458 Italia – Tracy Krohn

 

Source: Sportscar365

Photo: Audi Motorsport

February 17, 2014 World Endurance Championship

Audi Loic Duval Allan McNish Tom Kristensen

On clinching a title and the sixth victory of the season at the seventh of eight rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Audi had two reasons to celebrate. After the success in the Manufacturers’ World Championship had been determined in Japan three weeks earlier, Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish  in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro won the drivers’ classification in China by finishing in the third place. At Shanghai, the trio only had to take third place, so that was perfect. Their team-mates Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer won the race following a strong performance.

Audi sent us the following comments from drivers and the team:

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “That was a brilliant victory because it was a really hard-fought one. The race was thrilling all the way to the end and decided only in the last half hour. The team performance was particularly nice because car number ‘2’ helped out car number ‘1’ with tyre sets. Consequently, we delivered a great result for the Audi brand and showed how harmoniously our team functions. In the winning team, Benoît Tréluyer had a very important part. The track suits him particularly well.”

Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “I’ve been waiting for this moment since 1985. Even in karting, I battled for the World Champion’s title – back then at Le Mans by the way. In Formula 1, I didn’t have a real chance. Now, in my third motorsport discipline, it’s worked out. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together this year. Things were going really well. For me, the race at Austin was a very important element on the way to today’s success. Now I’ve got a feeling of special warmth in my body and of special wetness on my back, after Alex Wurz drenched me in champagne …”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “In karting, I finished the World Championship as the runner-up once. Now I’ve won the World Champion’s title with Audi. That’s a nice feeling. And we competed against last year’s World Champions and had to stand our ground. Loïc, Allan and Audi Sport Team Joest did a brilliant job. A nice feeling.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “I’ve only driven a full season for Audi alongside Tom and Allan this year. This was combined with a certain pressure as well as a nice hope. After all, I’m driving in the best team of the world. We’ve always given our best and have won the World Champion’s title for it today. That’s an overwhelming feeling in this outstanding year in which we’ve also won Le Mans together. More than this isn’t possible.”

Source, Photo: Audi Motorsport

November 12, 2013 World Endurance Championship