Audi has innovative technology when it comes to building sports cars and this was evident from the fact that the Audi R18 e-tron quattro put up a splendid performance at the fourth race of FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Silverstone. This hybrid car was the star of the race and came in first during the championship.
Audi R18 e-tron quattro required a total of six pit stops which was two less that the team coming in second. During this race, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît drove the car which came in at first place. A stop and go penalty awarded to Audi made this race even more exciting.
The Audi R18 ultra driven by Kristensen/McNish had to setlle for third place after a puncture forced the car to lose precious time during the lap. This car was powered by a V6-TDI engine and came in 19 seconds behind the second placed Toyota. Taking into consideration the standings of this race, Audi has a won the WEC Manufacturers’ Championship title.
Audi has won four titles between 1982 and 1984 and has also tasted victory at the FIA touring world car Championship held in 1995. The fifth round of the WEC starts in three weeks time and will see Lucas di Grassi joining up with Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.
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Motorsport News Release
Audi World Champions after fourth race of season
• Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer take second win
• Puncture throws Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish back
• Audi wraps up Manufacturers’ Championship title early at Silverstone *
Ingolstadt/Silverstone, August 26, 2012 – Audi with perfect record at half-way stage: In an exciting battle of the concepts the hybrid technology in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro also proved victorious in the fourth race of the FIA World Endurance Championship, WEC. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi wrote history after taking victory with a hybrid car for the first time, now the second win followed. At both events Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît were at the wheel of the victorious car with start number ‘1’.
Audi builds the most efficient sportscars – this was clearly visible at round four of the WEC. During the six hours of the race Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer required only six pits stops with their hybrid car and thus two less than the second-placed Nicolas Lapierre/Kazuki Nakajima/Alexander Wurz who use another hybrid concept. The result is all the more remarkable because the triumphant Audi was awarded a stop-and-go penalty by the race director. The reason: Benoît Tréluyer was involved in an unfortunate accident with a GT car just before the end of the first third of the race. The car of the three Le Mans winners lost 32 seconds as a result, at the finish the winning margin was still 55 seconds.
In addition to the fourth race victory, Audi also has another reason to celebrate: the brand from Ingolstadt holds an unassailable lead in the WEC Manufacturers’ Championship. After four titles in the Rally World Championship between 1982 and 1984 as well as victory in the FIA Touring Car World Cup in 1995, Audi has once again won another World title. *
In contrast, the excitement in the drivers’ classification increases following a change of leaders: after their second win Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer head the standings for the first time this season. At the half-way stage they hold a small 4.5 point lead from former leaders Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.
The Danish-Scottish duo was plagued by bad luck on their way to third place at Silverstone. The two Audi works drivers had to settle for third place in their Audi R18 ultra after having to make an unscheduled pit stop. Only a few minutes after McNish had taken over driving duties a slow puncture on the right rear forced him to make a tire change. As a result, the sportscar, powered by a conventionally powered V6-TDI engine, lost a lap early in the race and thus any chance of playing a bigger role in the intense battle of the concepts. The car still reached the finish only 19 seconds behind the second placed Toyota.
Audi starts the fifth round of the WEC in only three weeks time. Local matador Lucas di Grassi reinforces the Audi driver line-up as team mate to Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.
* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA
1. Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 194 laps
2. Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima (Toyota) + 55.675s
3. Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 ultra) + 1m 14.427s
4. Belicchi/Primat (Lola-Toyota) -5 laps
5. Leventis/Watts/Kane (HPD-Honda) -5 laps
6. Prost/Jani (Lola-Toyota) -5 laps
7. Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck (HPD-Honda) -7 laps
8. Martin/Charouz/Graves (Oreca-Nissan) -11 laps
9. Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin (HPD-Honda) -11 laps
10. Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov (Oreca-Nissan) -11 laps
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