First class start into the new WEC season for Audi. The two Audi R18 e-tron quattro dominated the race and celebrated a convincing one-two finish after the completion of the 6 Hours of Silverstone. At the finish, the trio Duval/Kristensen/McNish crossed the line just 3.4 seconds ahead of defending Champions Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer. “We produced a consistent performance from beginning to end,” said a satisfied Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich after the victorious start to the season.
|Circuit length||5.891 km|
|Lap record (race)
||Allan McNish, Audi (2013, 1m 42,767s, 206,30 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Alexander Wurz/Nicolas Lapierre, Toyota (average time 1m 48,021s)|
|Fastest lap 2013||Allan McNish, Audi (1m 42,767s, 206,3 km/h)|
|Winners 2013||Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish, Audi|
Unsettled weather and the accompanying complicate tyre poker characterized qualifying at the FIA World Endurance Championship season opener at Silverstone. For the first time, two drivers had to be nominated for each car. Every driver then completes two timed laps. The resulting average time determines the grid position. In accordance with this new format, Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen recorded the third fastest average time in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro with start number 2. Benoît Tréluyer and André Lotterer qualified in fifth position in the Audi with the number 1.
The first Formula 1 World Championship race ever was held here in 1950. The circuit is also very popular among drivers due to the ultra fast corner combination of Maggotts-Becketts-Chapel. The Scot Allan McNish praises: “There is a good balance of fast and slow corners.” Oliver Jarvis, who contests his home race here, adds: “The circuit is fantastic. I’m delighted that the World Championship races here because Silverstone is the home of British motorsport.”