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Friday, 30 October 2015 11:45

Audi ready for intense final stage in WEC title race

The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is turning onto the finish straight. Three quarters into the season, the title race is extremely close. Before round seven at Shanghai on November 1, Audi is separated from the top spot in the standings by only a single point, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of AUDI.

In six countries on three continents, the fastest teams have covered 10,850.584 kilometers in races since April – a distance equating to about one fourth of the earth’s circumference. The difference between the drivers from Porsche and Audi in the standings amounts to a single point. 52 points are yet to be awarded this season. “The battle for the World Championship title has never before been as intense as this year,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Our 2012 World Champions, Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, have maintained their chances in the title race by delivering consistent performances.”

The three race drivers are jointly competing for Audi in their sixth year, currently driving the number ‘7’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro. With a track record of ten victories since 2012, they are the most successful WEC drivers of all time. The Swiss, the German and the Frenchman are the only driver combination to have mounted the podium at every round in the current season and were leading the World Championship for five races.

The number ‘8’ Audi impresses with its performances as well. Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis are driving together for the first time in 2015 and have continuously been increasing their form curve during the course of the year. In the second half of the season, they have regularly been battling for podium places and at Austin mounted the podium for the first time. Most recently, at Fuji, Loïc Duval managed to set the fastest race lap. “It’s good to have such a balanced driver squad for which the team result always has priority,” says Dr. Ullrich.

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