Audi achieved second place at round eight of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro had to admit defeat by 70.5 seconds after six hours of racing whereas the sister car with Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) retired. After the finale Audi looks back on a season full of highlights. Six of the eight races were won by Audi Sport Team Joest, added to which is the victory at the Sebring 12 Hours. The squad secured an early title win in the manufacturers’ World Championship while Duval/Kristensen/McNish were determined as the new driver World Champions before the finale. Now the team is devoting all of its energy to the work on the racing car for the 2014.
|Circuit length||5.412 km|
|Lap record (race)
||André Lotterer, Audi (2013, 1m 44,183s, 187.0 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Toyota (Average time: 1m 42,449s)|
|Fastest lap 2013||André Lotterer, Audi (1m 44,183s, 187.0 km/h)|
||Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Stéphane Sarrzin, Toyota|
Audi will start the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain from positions three and four. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, as the quickest driver team of Audi Sport Team Joest, qualified for third place. Their team mates Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish are next to them on the grid, on position four. After today’s results, Audi has been on the top spot in this WEC season five times, and its challenger three times. The fans can look forward to a strategically thrilling race, which starts on Saturday at 15:00 local time (13:00 CET) and can be watched by live streaming. Careful handling of the tyres supplied by partner Michelin will be a key to success with track temperatures being in the range of 27 degrees Celsius.
Even before the WEC World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain on November 30, Audi has achieved all of its sporting goals. With six wins in seven races, the Manufacturers’ World Championship already won in 2012 was retained with two races to spare. The drivers’ championship has also been awarded. Subject to official publication of the results by the FIA, Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) replace their Audi team mates, Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) who finished second, as World Champions. Without sporting pressure, Audi aims to end the season with a win. “Our goal is to win in the desert as we did last year,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich without doubting the team’s motivation.
Three things make the track very demanding: the enormous heat, the sand, which is blown constantly across the track surface and the twisting circuit layout which hardly allows the drivers any time to relax. “At 1.09 kilometres the start-finish straight in Bahrain is incredibly long. You have to brake heavily for the first tight corner. Here and on the run down to the third corner are good places to overtake", knows Audi driver Loïc Duval.