Audi will start from third quarrel in Japan

Audi knew that a severe charge had to be mastered in subordinate on a 4.563-kilometer lane in a foothills of Mount Fuji. The 1.4-kilometer start-finish true was not fitting for a Audi R18 e-tron quattro in a conflict for a singular quick path time. André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer on their 4 fastest laps achieved an normal time of 1m 28.118s. As a result, a hybrid sports automobile of a Le Mans winners will be starting from fifth place. Their team-mates Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen in a sister automobile were usually 47 thousandths of a second slower on a normal of their 4 best laps. Consequently, automobile series one will be rebellious a foe from position six. The fastest singular path of an Audi motorist was achieved by André Lotterer environment a time of 1m 27.605s.

However, when a fifth foe of a deteriorate starts on Sunday during 11 a.m. internal time in Japan (4 a.m. CEST), path times will really not be a usually essential aspect. In a final foe during Austin (Texas), Audi Sport Team Joest valid that in a finish an optimal multiple of pace, strategy, arguable pushing and good tire government prevails. The TV channel Eurosport will start airing a 60-minute outline of a foe from 10.45 a.m. CEST. Fans can also keep adult to date with a movement on Facebook (AudiSport), Twitter (@Audi__Sport) and a news ticker ( on a internet and on a Audi Sport App.

Quotes after qualifying

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “Grid positions 5 and 6 are positively not what we’d been anticipating for nonetheless it was to be approaching that after subordinate we wouldn’t be during a really front. On a prolonged straight, that has a vital change on path time, it is probable to take sold advantage of high hybrid output. We have a slight waste in this respect. But I’m assured that we’re going to transport improved in a race.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP):
“Our positions in subordinate tend to be some-more of a plain than a overjoyed result. In annoy of this, we see ourselves being good prepared for a race. We’ve still got some unprepared business here and are going to try and live adult to this expectation.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest):
“It was a formidable subordinate event today. Yesterday, in giveaway practice, we were looking good. In qualifying, we didn’t conduct to adult a ante. We’re banking on pushing consistently and but any problems via a race. We’re assured of being serve towards a front on Sunday.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “We knew formerly that we’d be carrying some-more problem in subordinate here than on other tracks. The prolonged true is really essential for a timed lap. But I’m assured that a performances will be improved in a race. The past rounds have shown that with a well-balanced automobile opening via a race, we can make adult utterly a bit of ground. That’s because I’m certain and looking brazen to a race. It’ll final 6 hours, so a lot can occur during that time.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“We didn’t uncover a best opening currently in subordinate nonetheless we did all correctly. You could see that in annoy of this we didn’t have a same speed as a competitors. That’s due to a lane characteristics that do not concede us to make full use of a car’s potential. We’re during a waste with a smaller hybrid class. But we’ve got a good foe car. That’s going to assistance us for tomorrow.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2):
“It was a tough subordinate session. In giveaway practice, we were still in front of a foe and, subsequently, in subordinate we switched positions. That was to be expected. On my stint, we didn’t conduct to comfortable adult a tires. André (Lotterer) gathering a good subordinate event and delivered decent times that eventually put us on grid positions five.”

Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1):
“It was a severe subordinate session. We attempted all and have got to settle for this result. The foe is really prolonged and opposite a stretch we can precedence a strengths in a improved way. We formerly showed that during Austin.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “More wasn’t probable for us today. The opening between us and a sister automobile is intensely narrow. Our rivals are really clever here. We were wakeful of this beforehand.  Now we’re going to set adult a automobile as best we can for a foe and will entirely ready a strategy. Our aim is to measure a vast series of points.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “Today it was apparent again that subordinate in a World Endurance Championship is a really tough thing to do. We need to urge in this honour so that we can be in row for a stick position in a future. On a whole, a automobile worked well, generally yesterday in giveaway practice. I’m assured that we’re going to give a suitable answer in a race.”

Qualifying results

1 Buemi/Davidson (Toyota) 1m 26.886s
2 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche) 1m 26.929s
3 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) 1m 27.306s
4 Nakajima/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) 1m 27.437s
5 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 28.118s
6 Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 1m 28.165s
7 Beche/Heidfeld/Prost (Rebellion-Toyota) 1m 31.751s
8 Belicchi/Kraihamer/Leimer (Rebellion-Toyota) 1m 32.245s
9 Canal/Pla/Rusinov (Ligier-Nissan) 1m 33.062s
10 Brundle/Ihara/Yacaman (Morgan-Judd) 1m 33.569s

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