Audi remains unbeaten in the new WEC season after the second race. Following on from the one-two victory to mark the season opener at Silverstone, the team even celebrated a one-two-three podium lockout this time. The World Champions Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer won, even though their Audi dropped temporarily down to fourth place due to a puncture caused by debris. Thanks to their extra point for clinching pole position, the trio took the WEC overall lead after this victory. “We gave our all, and the guys in the pit worked fantastically well. It was a wonderful day for all of us,” said a delighted Marcel Fässler after the Audi triumph.
|Circuit length||7.004 km|
|Lap record (race)
||Franck Montagny, Peugeot (2010, 1m 59.797s, 210,476 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer, Audi (Average time: 1m 59.961s)|
|Winners 2013||Loïc Duval/Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer, Audi|
|Fastest lap 2013
||André Lotterer, Audi (2m 00.435s, 209,40 km/h)|
The Audi teams appeared in top form in qualifying for the WEC race at Spa. The three Audi R18 e-tron quattro claimed the top three grid positions for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2013 season in Belgium. Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer were the only drivers to crack the two-minute barrier with an average time of 1m 59.961s and in doing so secured pole position. Lucas di Grassi and Marc Gené also made the front row in their Audi, even though their hybrid sports car with number 2 was already equipped with the aerodynamic package developed specifically for Le Mans and which was not ideally suited to Spa.
It was designed in the 1920s by an aristocrat from Liege and quite rightly bears the nickname ‘Ardennes roller-coaster’. With its extremely different corners, from ultra fast to very tight, an altitude difference of about 100 meters and the unpredictable weather the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, as it is officially called, is regarded as real challenge for every driver. ‘Eau Rouge’, which is located in a depression, is one of the world’s most famous corners and is still regarded today by the drivers as corner needing courage.