Audi Sport Team Joest has entered two cars
for the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Audi plans to field
additional cars at selected races such as the 12-hour race at Sebring
(USA) and in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) which
doubles as a dress rehearsal for Le Mans for the Audi squad.
At the 80th running of the French
endurance classic, Audi competes with the start numbers ‘1’ and ‘2’
(hybrid drive) as well as ‘3’ and ‘4’. As stipulated by the regulations
one driver per car is now nominated. Those drivers are André Lotterer,
Allan McNish, Timo Bernhard and Oliver Jarvis.
The new Audi sports prototype with hybrid
drive will be presented at the end of February. The first competitive
outing follows in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps on May 5. For the
World Championship opener at Sebring on March 17 Audi Sport Team Joest
relies once again on the Audi R18 TDI that proved victorious at Le Mans
last year. Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans a total of ten times
since the year 2000 and is, as a result, the most successful brand by
far in race’s recent history.
(Feb 02, 2012)