After a nearly flawless race, the World Champions Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D), Benoît Tréluyer (F) won the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Interlagos near São Paulo. Thus, Audi continues to be unbeaten this season. On crossing the finish line, the number one Audi R18 e-tron quattro had a three-lap advantage over the #2 sister car.
The Le Mans 24 Hours winners Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK), Allan McNish (GB) dominated the action for a long time in the early phase of the race. After a mishap at a pit stop where the car lost the right rear wheel and due to two subsequent stop-and-go penalties the trio lost ground but still finished the race as the runners-up.
|6h São Paulo|
|Lap record (race)
||Marc Gené, Peugeot (2007, 1m 21.027s, 191,447 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Marcel Fässler/Benoît Tréluyer, Audi (Average time: 1m 20.784s, 192.0 km/h)|
|Fastest lap 2013||Tom Kristensen, Audi (1m 21.177s, 191,1 km/h)|
|Winners 2013||Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi)|
Round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace at Interlagos near São Paulo (Brazil) will see Audi starting from the pole position for the third time this year. In the qualifying session, the two Audi e-tron quattro cars fought a thrilling battle for the fastest time which in the WEC this year is calculated from the average of the two fastest laps set by two drivers from a team. In the end, the World Champions Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer in car number one barely beat their their team-mates Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen in the #2 Audi who with a gap of 0.05 seconds qualified for the front row as well.
Racing will finally continue on September 1. After the summer break, Audi Sport Team Joest, which has not been beaten yet this season, will be battling for the fourth WEC victory in succession in the 6-hour race at São Paulo. At the first overseas round of the year, the reigning World Champions Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer as well as the Le Mans winners and current leaders of the standings Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish will be driving two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars. The excitement about the challenging circuit at Interlagos is huge: “As drivers, we like this track very much. It’s got everything: fast and slow turns, blind corners, downhill sections and sections that go uphill – peppered with many braking zones", says an enthusiastic Kristensen. Unlike at Le Mans, the short-tail version of the R18 e-tron quattro with high downforce and an improved hybrid system will be used in Brazil due to the track characteristics. Fans can watch the fourth of a total of eight WEC rounds live on www.audi-motorsport.com, on the ticker in the Audi Sport App, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Before the race many drivers put in an extra training shift to help the neck muscles as the track runs anti-clockwise here. “On the way down to the first corner you have to stay right for a long time before cutting left across to the apex on inside. We hold the inside line on the exit of the corner in order to take the next right hander perfectly. This also a good place to overtake", explains Allan McNish of the ‘Senna S’ corners, one of the key sections on the circuit. Other peculiarities are the occasional bad bumps and also the altitude. 900 meters above sea level means that the engines lose about 40 hp due to the thin air.