The hunter has spin a hunted. At a season’s midpoint, Audi incited a tables and now, after 4 of 8 rounds, has an 18-point advantage over Toyota. And now a new personality of a standings is confronting a vital charge during a commencement of a second half of a season, as WEC spin 5 is a tough one. The circuit some 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo facilities combinations of rarely conflicting mandate for a aerodynamics of a competition cars. Very delayed sectors swap with intensely quick ones on this circuit and a 1.4-kilometer territory nearby a start and finish numbers among a longest straights in general motorsport. This is where engine energy is a widespread factor.
Fuji stays an well-developed venue for Audi. Around a world, a code with a 4 rings has been winning during slightest once on 8 of a 9 marks where WEC events have been hold given 2012. The circuit nearby Mount Fuji has been a usually vacant mark on a WEC calendar to date. In a 2013 spin in Japan, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) were on a stick position. However, complicated rain, that is not odd in this towering region, prevented a unchanging race. After 16 laps behind a reserve car, a competition executive stopped a eventuality and a entrants perceived usually half a series of points. Disappointment was not usually good among a teams and drivers yet with a throng as well. The Japanese fans are unequivocally lustful of sports vehicle racing, fill a grandstands during Fuji year after year, and stir a drivers with good consultant knowledge, countless self-made fan posters, and a vast rush for autographs.
This year now, Audi is set on complementing a success total with a feat during Fuji. Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer have many recently scored WEC wins twice in period – in a Le Mans 24 Hours and in a violent spin during Austin. Audi clinched a advantage in a manufacturers’ standings with crafty tactical decisions and exquisite pushing in Texas. At a same time, a brand’s best motorist contingent has narrowed a opening to a heading Toyota drivers to eleven points.
But a Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK) motorist patrol should not be underrated either. The series one Audi R18 e-tron quattro took second place 3 uninterrupted times in a past races. In a Far East, a contingent is aiming to conflict for a tip mark usually like their code colleagues in vehicle series two. Di Grassi and Kristensen are trailing their team-mates in a standings by usually 13 points.
The fans in Germany can watch a summary news of a WEC competition during Fuji on a TV channel Eurosport starting during 10.30 on competition Sunday. On a internet, Audi will be providing reports about all use and subordinate sessions and a competition on Facebook (AudiSport), Twitter (@Audi__Sport), a news ticker on www.audi-motorsport.info, and on a Audi Sport App.
Topics of a weekend
-Will Audi this year conduct to take feat during Fuji for a initial time?
-Will Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer be means to come closer to a leaders of a standings in Japan?
-Will Audi serve extend a advantage in a manufacturers’ classification?
-Will a throng be giving a same gentle support to a German code and a drivers as in a past dual years?
Quotes by a officials
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “An engaging constellation has emerged in a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) during a season’s midpoint. Following a tactically crafty competition during Austin, we took a lead in a manufacturers’ sequence and are now closer to a competitors in a drivers’ classification. At a many new eventuality in Texas, a fans again saw a unequivocally stirring conflict by a 3 brands Audi, Porsche and Toyota, like formerly during Le Mans. We know how severe a competition will be during Fuji yet are set on creation adult some-more belligerent in a World Championship. And we’d unequivocally adore to finally win in Japan too.”
Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “In Japan, we’ve still got something to make adult for. Last year, there was a grave competition outcome yet factually no competition given a drivers were usually means to follow a reserve car. This year, we’d like to knowledge a good competition though interruptions and are going to do all within a means to repeat a performances during Le Mans and Austin in Japan. We’re anticipating to be in row for feat even yet a lane isn’t accurately ideal for a car.”
Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “We’re unequivocally many looking brazen to Fuji. The Japanese fans have a extensive ability for unrestrained and adore continuation racing in a WEC. The lane during Fuji is unequivocally special. A year ago, we were on stick there yet a competition literally became a washout. It’ll be sparkling to contest opposite Toyota in their home competition and to plea them. We’re going to leave no mill unturned to win during Fuji for a initial time.”
Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers
Lucas di Grassi (30/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is experiencing his entrance during Fuji this year
-Was a runner-up during Spa, Le Mans and Austin
“I’ll be pushing during Fuji for a initial time and am scheming for my entrance in a simulator. I’m perplexing to build a resources of knowledge this approach though ever carrying been on this lane before. That’s critical given all of us can usually do comparatively few laps before a race, as there are 3 of us pity a vehicle in continuation racing. All of my team-mates have been there before, so I’m commencement with a tiny deficit. But I’m certain that with correct credentials I’ll be means to quick grasp good path times and wish that we’re going to measure as many points as probable in a championship battle.”
Loïc Duval (32/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Together with his team-mates finished a one-two feat for Audi during Austin
-Has frequently been racing in Japan given 2006
“Some of us Audi drivers have a special attribute with Japan due to a careers – and I’m one of them. This year, we’re aiming to broach a quite good opening during Fuji after final year’s competition was hold usually behind a reserve car. Fuji is a singular lane in a pleasing segment in a foothills of Mount Fuji. We’re set on display an equally pleasing outcome to a many fans. It would be good to win there.”
Tom Kristensen (47/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Spent his career in Japan from 1992 to 1995
-Is in third place of a standings together with his team-mate Lucas di Grassi
“I’m happy to be returning to a nation that we owe a lot to. At a commencement of my career, we lived nearby Fuji and mostly raced on this track. This nation played a wilful partial in opening adult a event of a veteran racing career for me. I’ve still got many friends there from a aged days. Traveling to Japan with a world’s best vehicle manufacturer currently is a good feeling. I’ve competed during Fuji in a WEC twice before. The initial lane zone is unequivocally fast, a second one is still comparatively fast, and a third one is slight and slow.”
Marcel Fässler (38/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won a final WEC competition during Austin with André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer
“Two years ago, we gathering in Japan for a initial time and have unequivocally certain memories of my dual WEC runs during Fuji. Japan is a pleasing nation with illusory fans that enthusiastically support us. As this is a kind of home spin for my dual team-mates, we’re aiming to conflict for feat with quite good determination. Driving in a plateau with Mount Fuji in a credentials is an surprising feeling. It roughly reminds me a bit of a Swiss mountains. The lane has a singular impression with a many opposite forms of corners.”
André Lotterer (32/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won a Le Mans 24 Hours with his team-mates in June
-Was on a stick position in Japan final year
“The competition is a unequivocally special one for me given I’ve been vital in Japan for some-more than 10 years and am active in racing there as well. I’m rarely encouraged to conflict for Audi’s initial feat in Japan in front of many fans. Benoît Tréluyer knows a lane unequivocally well. I’ve frequently driven there before too and by now Marcel Fässler feels gentle in Japan as well. The lane is unequivocally perfectionist and a set-up isn’t easy to achieve. On a prolonged straight, a vehicle mustn’t remove too many speed due to downforce yet we’ve still got to be quick in a turns.”
Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has spent twelve years of his career in Japan
-Is a runner-up in a standings together with his team-mates
“Fuji is a competition lane on that I’ve won many of a races in my life. we unequivocally like a circuit and would now also like to win there with Audi. A year ago, we were on stick yet unfortunately there was no genuine race. Our Japanese fans are critical to me and we’d like to uncover them a good opening this year. The conflict with Toyota and Porsche is promising.”
The Audi drivers during Fuji
Lucas di Grassi (BR): * Aug 11, 1984 in São Paulo (BR), residence: Monaco (MC); married to Anna; height: 1.79 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 7; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Fuji: –
Loïc Duval (F): * Jun 12, 1982 in Chartres (F); residence: Geneva (CH); married to Gaëlle, dual sons (Hugo and Martin); height: 1.78 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 1; WEC races: 14; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Fuji: 2
Marcel Fässler (CH): * May 27, 1976 in Einsiedeln (CH); residence: Gross (CH); married to Isabel, 4 daughters (Shana, Elin, Yael and Delia); height: 1.78 m; weight: 78 kg; Audi motorist given 2008; Le Mans victories: 3; WEC races: 20; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Fuji: 2
Tom Kristensen (DK): * Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Hobro (DK); singular (partner: Hanne), dual sons (Oliver and Oswald) and one daughter (Carla Marlou); height: 1.74 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi motorist given 2000, Le Mans victories: 9; WEC races: 20; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Fuji: 2
André Lotterer (D): * Nov 19, 1981 in Duisburg (D); residence: Tokyo (J); single; height: 1.84 m; weight: 74 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; Le Mans victories: 3; WEC races: 20; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 4; fastest WEC laps: 6; best outcome WEC Fuji: 2
Benoît Tréluyer (F): * Dec 07, 1976 in Alençon (F); residence: Gordes (F); married to Melanie, one son (Jules); height: 1.78 m; weight: 68 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; Le Mans victories: 3; WEC races: 20; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Fuji: 2
All Fuji winners (since 1999)
1999 Comas/Motoyama/Kageyama (Nissan)
2007 Noda/Yamazaki (Zytek)
2012 Lapierre/Nakajima/Wurz (Toyota)
2013 Lapierre/Nakajima/Wurz (Toyota)
Track length: 4.563 km
Race duration: 6 hours
Qualifying record on this track: André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi), 1m 26.577s (189.736 km/h), Oct 19, 2013
Race record on this track: Kazuki Nakajima (Toyota), 1m 28.088s (186.482 km/h), Oct 14, 2012
Pole position 2013: André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi), 1m 26.577s (189.736 km/h), Oct 19, 2013
Fastest path 2013: André Lotterer (Audi), 2m 04.095s (132.373 km/h), Oct 20, 2013
FIA WEC World Championship titles
2012 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2013 Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)
André Lotterer about a lane during Fuji
“Fuji is a lane I’m closely informed with from a many years of my career in Japan. It has many extremes. The start-finish true is one of a longest ones on a calendar. Good tip speed, in other difference low aerodynamic downforce, is essential there. A slight right-hand spin follows. The center territory of a circuit afterwards poses a challenge. There is a 180-degree Omega-shaped spin called 100 R. However, due to a vast radius we strech a speed of some-more than 200 km/h during a apex. Good downforce is critical there. You should accelerate early out of a successive left-hand hairpin in sequence to benefit time. It is followed by a true containing dual slight right-hand turns. When a tarmac is dry we run flat-out there. The final territory of a lane is unequivocally narrow. Here, limit downforce is crucial. We expostulate especially in second and third gear. Due to a track’s encircled plcae in a plateau during an betterment of 600 meters a continue can be unpredictable.”
Schedule (local times; CEST = –7 hours)
Friday, Oct 10
11.00–12.30 Free use 1
15.30–17.00 Free use 2
Saturday, Oct 11
09.30–10.30 Free use 3
13.55–14.20 Qualifying LMP1 and LMP2
Sunday, Oct 12
11.00–17.00 6-hour race
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