Audi set on battling for feat during Spa

The dual accidents during Silverstone (Great Britain) were hapless for Audi in dual respects. For a initial time ever, a group of Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and Chris Reinke, Head of LMP, had to continue a retirement of all cars and a sum detriment of profitable championship points. The incidents caused substantial automobile damage. The dual monocoques of a hybrid sports cars were damaged. Consequently, cars array ‘1’ and ‘2’ had to be prepared again totally from scratch. As a result, a WEC World Champions during Audi are rebellious an impassioned effort between Easter and May 1.

In comparison, a credentials of a third foe automobile seems roughly like a slight task. Audi has traditionally been regulating a 6-hour foe during Spa to ready a Le Mans patrol for a year’s many critical continuation race. Whereas Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK) and Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) contest in all 8 World Championship rounds, a #3 R18 e-tron quattro will exclusively run during Spa and in a Le Mans 24 Hours. Belgium will see Marco Bonanomi (I) returning to a foe automobile cockpit. Alongside Bonanomi, Filipe Albuquerque (P) will be celebrating his WEC entrance with Audi after switching from furloughed cars to sports cars final winter. Oliver Jarvis (GB) has been expelled from a foe during Spa and a exam day during Le Mans – he will be battling for Championship points in a Japanese Super GT racing array during a same time. For a Le Mans 24 Hours, he will lapse to a R18 e-tron cockpit as a team-mate of Albuquerque and Bonanomi.

At Spa, automobile #3 continues an thought that Audi tested for a initial time final year. The additional foe automobile has a opposite physique that can be famous during initial peek by a longer behind overhang. Its use in Belgium is really profitable for a Audi engineers, as a information generated by automobile #3 assists in validating a simulations that Audi formerly performed. By a same token, a group can exam how to hoop a special physique chronicle and other technical modifications in racing conditions.

All 3 Audi motorist squads are joined in posterior a singular aim on a 7.004-kilometer circuit in a Ardennes with a singular multiple of turns. Following a victories in 2012 and 2013, Audi is set on battling for a best positions during Spa again in 2014. The fastest singular path set by Tom Kristensen in subordinate during Silverstone and a best foe path achieved by André Lotterer uncover that a diesel hybrid sports automobile from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm is quick on a singular path in a conflict with Porsche and Toyota. In Belgium, Audi will be means to see for a initial time either this also strategically relates opposite a whole foe stretch when a effects of a appetite regulations and a opposite ratings of a 3 hybrid concepts perceptible themselves in a field.

Topics of a weekend

-Will subordinate be as stirring as it was during Silverstone?
-What foe plan will outcome from a mandate of a new regulations?
-Will Audi be means to continue a good form this year as in a past during Spa?
-How will Filipe Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi transport in their initial corner WEC commitment?

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We’ve got to ready dual new cars between now and Spa, that imposes an impassioned bucket on a squad. Then we’re going to combine on using an exquisite race. At Spa, we wish to redress a hapless foe during Silverstone. In a past years, Spa was a really good lane for us.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “We’re really going to conflict again during Spa! Within usually dual weeks, a group has had to hoop a tough workload. After a rather hilly start of a deteriorate during Silverstone, it’s now quite critical for us to concentration on a subsequent tasks until Le Mans. The patrol has to get used to a processes. But Spa is some-more than only a exam for Le Mans. We aim to win in Belgium and measure points for a WEC.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“We all have a aim of display that Silverstone was an comprehensive exception. We’re now in a surprising position of a hunter and need to measure points. The group will be giving everything. We’ll be on a grid with 3 newly prepared cars. We’re really not lacking motivation. We’re going to strike back.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Lucas di Grassi (29/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Was on lectern with Audi during Spa final year
“I’m really many looking brazen to Spa given a lane is simply good and a Audi R18 e-tron quattro is really good developed. For us, a second turn will be about scoring as many points as probable for a manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in a WEC.”

Loïc Duval (31/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won during Spa on his entrance with Audi in 2012
-Finished as a runner-up final year
“The pattern of a lane is unique. And I’ve got lustful memories of my feat in Belgium on my entrance with Audi dual years ago. In a Ardennes, there’s always a probability for sleet and temperatures might be really cool. I’m fervent to see what we’ll be means to grasp there. We’re going to conflict for victory. Our proclivity is high.”

Tom Kristensen (46/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Set a fastest singular path during a WEC deteriorate opener in qualifying
-Together with Loïc Duval, travels to Spa as World Champion
“Every foe motorist looks brazen to a plea of mastering a lane like Spa. We’ve got to finish and measure many points. This is quite critical given a total of points is still vacant after Silverstone.”

Marcel Fässler (37/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has won 6 WEC rounds with his team-mates
-Has formerly distinguished a 24-hour GT foe feat during Spa
“I always demeanour brazen to Spa. This is my favorite foe track, no matter what automobile we expostulate there. In a Audi R18 e-tron quattro, this will be a special pleasure. Last year, we achieved feat there. At Silverstone, we were also means to expostulate a good pace. That’s because I’m assured that this time we’ll again be looking good during Spa.”

André Lotterer (32/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is pushing together with Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer for a fifth year
-Set a fastest foe path in a deteriorate opener during Silverstone
“In 2013, we saw an superb foe during Spa. I’m anticipating that we’ll be means to continue this form this year. This is one of my favorite tracks. we grew adult in Belgium and still feel during home there. I’m rarely encouraged to expostulate there. We’ve got a lot of belligerent to make up.”

Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won during Spa final year with Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer
-Is pushing together with his team-mates for a fifth year
“At Spa, we’re stability a foe with a other 4 hybrid sports cars and a other entrants. At Silverstone, we had a really good commencement of a race. That done a fact that we didn’t finish even some-more regrettable. I’m really fervent to see a intensity opposite a full foe distance.”

Filipe Albuquerque (28/P), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is celebrating his WEC entrance with Audi during Spa
-Looks brazen to entertainment a lot of pushing use with team-mate Marco Bonanomi
“Following all a tests, I’m now vehement about my initial foe in a Audi R18 e-tron quattro. We prepared step by step and are anticipating for a good race. The automobile is good fun. we can frequency wait for my stint.”

Marco Bonanomi (29/I), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Was on lectern during Spa in 2012 on his WEC entrance with Audi
-In a Ardennes, is contesting his initial foe in a 2014 deteriorate
“I’m really happy about being means to foe for Audi again. We’ll be pushing a automobile with opposite aerodynamics than a dual sister foe cars. We do this to ready for a Le Mans commitment. After a tests with this physique version, I’m confident. And within a patrol of Audi Sport, Audi Sport Team Joest and among a drivers a atmosphere is good, too.”

The Audi drivers during Spa

Filipe Albuquerque (P): * Jun 13, 1985 in Coimbra (P); residence: Coimbra (P); singular (partner: Joana); height: 1.74 m; weight: 65 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 0; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome WEC Spa: –

Marco Bonanomi (I): * Dec 12, 1985 in Lecco (I); residence: Colle Brianza (I); single; height: 1.76 m; weight: 69 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 2; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome WEC Spa: 3

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: 4; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Spa: 3

Loïc Duval (F): * Jun 12, 1982 in Chartres (F); residence: Geneva (CH); married to Gaëlle, one son (Hugo); height: 1.78 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 1; WEC races: 12; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Spa: 1

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: 2; WEC races: 17; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Spa: 1

Tom Kristensen (DK): * Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Monaco (MC); 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: 17; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Spa: 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: 2; WEC races: 17; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 4; fastest WEC laps: 5; best outcome WEC Spa: 1

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: 2; WEC races: 17; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Spa: 1

All Spa winners (since 2003)

2003 Seiji Ara/Tom Kristensen (Audi)
2004 Jamie Davies/Johnny Herbert (Audi)
2005 Casper Elgaard/John Nielsen/Hayanari Shimoda (Zytek)
2006 Jean-Christophe Boullion/Emmanuel Collard (Pescarolo)
2007 Pedro Lamy/Stéphane Sarrazin (Peugeot)
2008 Marc Gené/Nicolas Minassian/Jacques Villeneuve (Peugeot)
2009 Christian Klien/Nicolas Minassian/Simon Pagenaud (Peugeot)
2010 Sébastien Bourdais/Pedro Lamy/Simon Pagenaud (Peugeot)
2011 Anthony Davidson/Marc Gené/Alexander Wurz (Peugeot)
2012 Romain Dumas/Loïc Duval/Marc Gené (Audi)
2013 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)

Track info

Track length: 7.004 km
Race duration: 6 hours
Qualifying record on this track: Sébastien Bourdais (Peugeot), 1m 57.884s
(213.892 km/h), May 08, 2010
Race record on this track: Franck Montagny (Peugeot), 1m 59.797s (210.476 km/h), May 09, 2010
Pole position 2013: Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer (Audi), 1m 59.961s (210.188 km/h), May 03, 2013
Fastest path 2013: André Lotterer (Audi), 2m 00.435s (209.361 km/h), May 04, 2013

FIA WEC World Championship titles
2012 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2013 Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)

Filipe Albuquerque about a lane during Spa

“The lane has all with a slow, middle and high-speed corners. As a result, we have to make compromises with a set-up. However, we are rewarded with one of a many smashing circuits on a calendar. Eau Rouge is an extraordinary knowledge for any foe driver. Pouhon will be really sparkling given a double left will be good fun with a well-balanced new Audi R18 e-tron quattro. In general, a curbs are so prosaic during Spa that they turn partial of a racing line – solely on a inside of Blanchimont. Overall, we can find a good stroke during Spa. The overtaking opportunities are also really good: La Source, after Eau Rouge, in a Campus Chicane, and apparently a lot is probable on entering a final chicane.”


Friday, May 2
09.00–11.00     Free use 1
14.15–16.15     Free use 2
20.00–20.30     Qualifying LMP1 and LMP2

Saturday, May 3

14.30–20.30     6-hour race

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