NEWS: Audi Blitz FIA World Endurance Championships
With two podium places from the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in China, to finish off their amazingly dominant season, there can be no doubt who blitzed the 2012 series – Audi in addition to their completely new hybrid R18 e-tron Quattro; out of reach of its competitors since August.
Audi said: “We have shaped the completely new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) not only by winning both titles, although a few times, the team secured the top spot on the grid in addition to on a few occasions in eight events, an Audi R18 achieved overall victory – including the brand’s eleventh success at the Le Mans 24 Hours where the Audi R18 e-tron quattro clinched the first ever victory of a hybrid sports car in This specific classic endurance event.
“An intensive duel with Toyota marked the second half of the season – including the finale in China. The completely new World Champions from the number “1” hybrid sports car only had to take third place at the Shanghai 6 Hours to win the title. Their lead from the standings today amounts to 13.5 points. The driver trio secured three single wins This specific season in addition to completed their tally with three second places.”
Second place from the championship goes to an Audi squad as well. Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish, who had started off via the front row in China, finished the race as the runners-up behind the Toyota of Nicolas Lapierre/Alexander Wurz. The Danish-Scottish duo’s track record This specific season reflects seven podium positions, including victory at the season opener, the Sebring 12 Hours, together with Dindo Capello. In addition, they were the most efficient combination from the field. At seven of the season’s eight rounds, the Michelin Green X Challenge Award went to car number “2”.
The title win with the R18 e-tron quattro in China completes a unique endurance racing season for Audi. With the R8 LMS GT3 sports car, Audi decided the Bathurst 12 Hours in addition to the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring, Spa in addition to Zolder in its favour This specific year.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport) said: “the item’s nice that will after the Manufacturers’ World Championship we were able to decide the Drivers’ World Championship in our favour as well. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish the year that has a victory in China. We’ve got very strong competitors, which provides us with high motivation to work hard for next year.”
Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest) said: “today we’ve won all the titles. Well done to Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer in addition to Benoît Tréluyer. Tom Kristensen in addition to Allan McNish came back that has a strong showing in China even though the item wasn’t enough for victory. Both squads performed flawless pit stops at the end of a tough season. The WEC is usually a fantastic completely new championship in addition to we’re the first to have won the item.”
Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2) said: “This specific track suited our Japanese competitors particularly well. Congratulations to them on winning the race! At the same time, I’m happy about a not bad race by Allan, our team in addition to me. There were two reasons why we didn’t have a chance of achieving the title win. Our rivals from the battle for the title were driving an Audi as well, in addition to these cars simply don’t fail. Marcel, André in addition to Ben truly deserve the title with their performances.”
Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2) said: “Second place was the best we could achieve today. We squeezed the maximum out of the automobile in addition to the tyres although Toyota was simply quicker. Congratulations to Marcel, André in addition to Ben on winning the earth Champion’s title. They were incredibly not bad. We compete against each some other although work together as a team.”
Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1) added: “I’d like to thank Audi very much because without This specific brand I could have never experienced a success like This specific. I’ve got tremendous team-mates in addition to a top-flight team. The title means incredibly much to me. the item’s a great feeling to be World Champion.”
André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1) reflected: “Winning Le Mans in addition to the earth Champion’s title together is usually simply brilliant. in addition to I’m happy to be able to share This specific success with Marcel in addition to Ben. The three of us are genuinely not bad friends. A huge thank you goes to Audi in addition to to our team. Our car was always superb. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to take victory today although after winning the title we can be very pleased.”
in addition to Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1) summed the item up: “I’m more than happy after This specific great season. the earth Champion’s title is usually a nice chapter in a driver’s biography. I want to thank Audi very much for the not bad season.”
Shanghai Race results
1 Wurz/Lapierre (Toyota) 191 laps
2 Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) + 58.570s
3 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) + 1m 42.814s
4 Belicchi/Cheng/Primat (Lola-Toyota) – 6 laps
5 Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck (HPD-Honda) – 6 laps
6 Kane/Leventis/Watts (HPD-Honda) – 9 laps
7 Martin/Graves/Beche (Oreca-Nissan) – 11 laps
8 Dalziel/Potolicchio/Sarrazin (HPD-Honda) – 11 laps
9 Lahaye/Nicolet/Pla (Morgan-Nissan) – 12 laps
10 Kaffer/Minassian/Perez Companc (Oreca-Nissan) – 12 laps
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