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Audi reveals its line-up for WEC

Audi reveals its line-up for WEC

Audi revealed today its programme for 2014 season, with a high-caliber driver line-up for the FIA WEC campaign. For the first time the title defenders Loic Duval and Tom Kristensen will share an Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Lucas di Grassi (picture). The former Formula One driver, who has been competing for Audi since 2012 and finished at Spa and Le Mans in third place last year, has been promoted to the role of a regular driver and replaces Allan McNish, who has ended his career as a race driver.

Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer will form again a team. In 2012, they clinched the WEC drivers’ title and victory at Le Mans for the second consecutive time. In 2013, the trio won the WEC races at Spa, São Paulo and Shanghai and finished the drivers’ classification as the runners-up.

In the  6-hour race at Spa and at Le Mans, Audi will be fielding an additional R18 e-tron quattro. This car will be driven by the previous DTM driver Filipe Albuquerque as well as by Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis. Bonanomi was test and reserve driver for Audi’s LMP1 project in 2013 while Jarvis won in the Sebring 12 Hours, which were not part of the World Championship, and took third place at Spa and Le Mans.

The seasoned campaigner Marc Gené will be the reserve driver for the races at Spa and Le Mans.

In 2014, we again have a very good driver line-up. – said head of Audi Motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich – Of course it’s not easy to replace a driver like Allan McNish, who drove for Audi for 14 years. But Lucas di Grassi has delivered convincing performances in all of his runs for Audi so far. For Filipe Albuquerque, the switch from the DTM to the WEC is happening at the ideal point in time. He’s ready for the next career step. Our current sports car squad will cause a sensation in a season that poses a great challenge due to the new Technical Regulations and new rivals.

 

Driver combinations for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

Spa 6 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours
Lucas di Grassi/Loic Duval/Tom Kristensen
Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer
Filipe Albuquerque/Marco Bonanomi/Oliver Jarvis


All other races of the WEC
Lucas di Grassi/Loic Duval/Tom Kristensen
Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer

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