World Endurance Championship visits Audi’s largest market

The code with a 4 rings is distant by merely 8 points from personality of a standings Toyota in a manufacturers’ classification, while a brand’s advantage over a third-placed brand, Porsche, is 66 points. A sum of 132 points are nonetheless to be awarded until a finale. The WEC spin in China has special stress for Audi for several reasons. The lane is regarded as really challenging, a group achieved attainment there final year, and a ‘Middle Kingdom’ has developed into a largest sales marketplace for AUDI AG. In China, a association delivered 415,704 automobiles between Jan and Sep – 16 percent some-more than a year ago. Audi operates prolongation sites in a cities of Changchun and Foshan.

Its impassioned pattern creates this competition lane unique. The Shanghai International Circuit facilities a longest corners in a motorsport universe in a form of scrolled bends. In addition, a method of several prolonged straights, interrupted by really slight turns, formula in a officious ‘stop-and-go’ stroke that provides good overtaking opportunities. A year ago, a code with a 4 rings scored a initial attainment in Mainland China: Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) motionless an intensely stirring 6-hour competition in a WEC in their preference with an advantage of 15.374 seconds. In addition, a brand, in 2013, available an early win of a drivers’ universe championship by Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) there. This year, a FIA WEC is some-more stirring than ever before given an early preference of a pretension is mathematically unfit in China in a manufacturers’ championship and rarely extraordinary in a drivers’ championship.

The Chinese racing fans can demeanour brazen not usually to saying a dual WEC sports cars from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. On a initial weekend in November, a Audi R8 LMS Cup will be hold there as well. In 2012, a array was Audi’s initial one-make crater in Asia. Thrilling tighten battles between a 570-hp GT competition cars are guaranteed in rounds 9 and 10 of a season, as a wilful theatre in a competition for a pretension has begun in a Cup too.

In Germany, fans can watch a final theatre of a WEC competition live on Sunday, Nov 2, from 8.30 to 10.00 on a TV channel Eurosport. Audi will be providing reports about all use and subordinate sessions and a competition on Facebook (AudiSport), Twitter (@Audi__Sport), and a news ticker during and on a Audi Sport App.

Topics of a weekend

-How will final year’s winners Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer transport in China?
-Will Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Tom Kristensen again be using in front of their team-mates, as they final did in Japan?
-How many points will Audi be means to measure in China?

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “The Chinese marketplace is one of a many critical ones for us on an general scale. Therefore, we’re committed to a explain of creation a successful entrance there in motorsport as well. A year ago, we managed to confirm a spin during Shanghai in a preference with a really good display and a crafty group performance, nonetheless a lane doesn’t fit a competition automobile judgment quite well. This year, we’re again going to leave no mill unturned to grasp a good result.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “The WEC competition during Shanghai has a special stress for us. China as a marketplace has prolonged spin something like a second home for Audi. As we’re always perceived with open arms, we’re roving there with good enthusiasm. Even yet a prerequisites are anything yet easy, we’re set on battling for a tip mark like final year.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “Although Shanghai wasn’t easy for us in a past season, we won. In a second half of a competition in changing lane conditions and with crafty tire government we were means to spin a waves in a favor. That was a marvellous success and gives us extensive proclivity this year.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Lucas di Grassi (30/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has mounted a lectern 3 times this year
“Shanghai is an extraordinary lane that we know from Formula One. Driving a competition in this capital is a genuine highlight. And everybody knows how critical a nation is for Audi. we can frequency wait to expostulate a R18 e-tron quattro on this lane for a initial time.”

Loïc Duval (32/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Became World Champion final year with Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish in China
“I’m looking brazen to China given Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and we won a drivers’ universe championship there. China was a success for a whole group as well. In a end, Audi motionless a really stirring competition in their favor.”

Tom Kristensen (47/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Was formerly on a grid with Audi in a DTM, ILMC and WEC racing array in China
“I’ve been competing with Audi for many years in China. The eager Chinese fans are apropos some-more and some-more associating about motorsport each year. And they have tighten ties to a brand. The lane is really special. For example, it has a world’s longest dilemma following a start and finish. It’s so prolonged that we order it into sections 1 and 2. This eventuality is illusory and we’re set on achieving a good result.”

Marcel Fässler (38/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Celebrated attainment a year ago in China with André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer
“The memories of final year are still really most alive. Audi Sport Team Joest’s plan was glorious and Benoît Tréluyer’s liberation remarkable. We’re roving to Shanghai with good motivation, meaningful that each indicate counts.”

André Lotterer (32/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Is in third place of a drivers’ standings together with his team-mates
“Winning in China a year ago was a shining experience. It was quite good for Audi also given a marketplace is so important. Our team-mate Benoît Tréluyer was using impossibly good final year. Now we’re going to give a really best again.”

Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Set a fastest competition path in China final year
“At Shanghai in 2013, we done a crafty showing. The gait was right. Now we’d like to continue that, even yet we know that this is no meant attainment given a lane doesn’t fit a stream car. In a conflict for a title, a essential theatre is entrance adult now. Of march we’re going to give all to come home with trophies.”

The Audi drivers during Shanghai

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: 8; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Shanghai: –

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: 15; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Shanghai: 3

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: 21; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Shanghai: 1

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: 21; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Shanghai: 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: 21; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 4; fastest WEC laps: 6; best outcome WEC Shanghai: 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: 3; WEC races: 21; WEC victories: 8; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Shanghai: 1

All Shanghai winners (since 2012)

2012 Lapierre/Wurz (Toyota)
2013 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi)

Track info

Track length: 5.451 km
Race duration: 6 hours
Qualifying record on this track: Nicolas Lapierre/Alexander Wurz (Toyota), 1m 48.013s (181.678 km/h), Nov 08, 2013
Race record on this track: Nicolas Lapierre (Toyota), 1m 48.815s (180.339 km/h), Oct 28, 2012
Pole position 2013: Nicolas Lapierre/Alexander Wurz (Toyota), 1m 48.013s (181.678 km/h), Nov 08, 2013
Fastest path 2013: Benoît Tréluyer (Audi), 1m 49.066s (179.924 km/h), Nov 9, 2013

FIA WEC World Championship titles

2012 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2013 Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)

Tom Kristensen about a lane during Shanghai

“Shanghai has singular characteristics. There are dual corners featuring a figure of a helix. The initial spin closes and another one opens this way. After a start and finish section, we stop from 270 km/h down to 85 km/h while a radius becomes increasingly narrow. Conversely, we accelerate in a second wind from 80 to 180 km/h. Two quick and several delayed turns are in between. A prolonged straight, on that we strech a speed of 290 km/h, is followed by what is arguably a narrowest territory on a calendar, that we expostulate by during 55 km/h. This is followed by a left-hand spin and afterwards we pass a start and finish. The stroke heavily changes on a singular lap. The engineers have to work out a good concede for us in a set-up.”

Schedule (local times; CET = –7 hours)

Friday, Oct 31
10.45–12.15     Free use 1
15.30–17.00     Free use 2

Saturday, Nov 1
09.30–10.30     Free use 3
13.55–14.20     Qualifying LMP1 and LMP2

Sunday, Nov 2
11.00–17.00     6-hour race

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