Audi maintains the plea for WEC pretension in Japan

For a third time in succession, Audi is set on winning a WEC title. In office of this aim, a patrol from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm scored 18 points in Japan in formidable conditions and stays within distinguished stretch of a top. On a 4.563-kilometer circuit south-west of Tokyo that with a multiple of a prolonged start-finish true and a slight final zone that radically rewards foe cars with intensely absolute hybrid systems, Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK) managed to urge from grid position 6 to fifth place. A well-balanced pushing opening and a agreeably timed third array stop in a yellow duration helped them to do so.

With automobile series 2 Audi Sport Team Joest had opted for opposite tactics. Following a shining commencement of a race, André Lotterer attempted to use his initial set of tires a second time over a initial refueling stop. But a group stopped this try early as a path times did not sojourn amply consistent. Consequently, a German pitted again after usually 17 instead of 35 laps that saved him an additional stop, however. The tires of a hybrid sports automobile kept picking adult rubber from a lane on lapping other participants, that caused a path times to increase.

In annoy of this, Audi scored 18 profitable points in a manufacturers’ sequence on a lane that did not fit a R18 e-tron quattro well. In 3 weeks from now, on Nov 2, a sixth foe of a deteriorate will be on a calendar during Shanghai (China). On a largest singular market, Audi achieved a sixth WEC feat of a deteriorate final year.

Quotes after a race

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “Congratulations to Toyota on feat in their home round. We managed a box of repairs reduction in Japan since we continue to be in a earnest position in a manufacturers’ universe championship. It was foreseeable that we’d be carrying a formidable time during Fuji. Still, a dual motorist squads and a whole group were not unsettled by this and scored profitable points for us in Japan.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “Our patrol showed a flawless opening – that relates to a group as good as to a drivers. We used opposite plan with both cars in sequence to say a chances. In a end, this warranted us 18 points that will still be really critical in a conflict for a title.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “The certain thing about a foe was that we done no mistakes. Strategically, we attempted all and all a array stops were superb. But, unfortunately, a array stops were a usually aspect in that we were quicker than a competition. We didn’t conduct to get a tires to work optimally. In a Championship, we relinquished a lead during this juncture. Now we’re formulation to conflict in a entrance turn during Shanghai and to recapture a lead.”

Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “We didn’t grasp what we dictated to do, nonetheless essentially, we didn’t expostulate a bad race. We gave all from a beginning, had a good plan and good array stops too. Now we’ve beheld that there are still a few things left to improve. But, it’s a fact that there are some foe marks on that you’re reduction rival than on others. We mustn’t be sad now though have to be improved again in a subsequent race.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “We attempted all today. Principally, there’s zero we can error ourselves for since we done no mistakes and had no technical issues whatsoever. We simply weren’t quick enough. But that’s how racing is during times. We’ve got to investigate this and urge before a subsequent race.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “Congratulations to Toyota on their deserved victory. We trafficked to Japan with good expectations. We were aiming to prerogative a countless fans here with a good result. But a adore for Japan is equaled by a plea for us to overcome during Fuji International Circuit.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It was a formidable foe for us since we weren’t means to keep a pace. On my initial stint, it was really formidable to get into a reasonable rhythm. Somehow we didn’t find a balance. Fortunately, a automobile clearly felt improved after in a race. But on a whole I’m not satisfied. We need to investigate a whole weekend, demeanour forward and strike behind during Shanghai.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It’s not a good result. Positions 5 and 6 are really surprising for us. We’ve got to face a fact that we didn’t have a intensity this weekend. We did all rightly in a foe in each respect. We’re going to learn a lessons from this and try and improve. The Championship stays open.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It was a formidable race. Today, we weren’t quick adequate for a place on a podium. We simply mislaid too most time to a foe in several places. But that’s racing. We’ve got to urge in sequence to be in row during a front on a lane pattern like this one as well. Now a credentials for a subsequent foe begins.”

Race results

1 Buemi/Davidson (Toyota), 236 laps in 6h 00m 39.367s
2 Nakajima/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) + 25.627s
3 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche) – 1 lap
4 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) – 2 laps
5 Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 2 laps
6 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 3 laps
7 Canal/Pla/Rusinov (Ligier-Nissan) – 17 laps
8 Bradley/Howson/Imperatori (Oreca-Nissan) – 17 laps
9 Brundle/Ihara/Yacaman (Morgan-Judd) – 20 laps
10 Mediani/Minassian/Zlobin (Oreca-Nissan) – 21 laps

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