Audi secures World Endurance title with Silverstone win

Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler have given Audi the win at the 2012 Silverstone 6 hours. The race win also secures the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship. The E-Tron beat its sister car and the impressive Toyota TS030 driven by Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima.

The Audi’s and the Toyota were trading the lead many times during the race but ultimately the fuel advantage was the deciding factor. Audi’s ability to run longer placed the victory in their hands.

1. Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 194 laps

2. Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima (Toyota) + 55.675s

3. Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 ultra) + 1m 14.427s

4. Belicchi/Primat (Lola-Toyota) – 5 laps

5. Leventis/Watts/Kane (HPD-Honda) – 5 laps

6. Prost/Jani (Lola-Toyota) – 5 laps

7. Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck (HPD-Honda) – 7 laps

8. Martin/Charouz/Graves (Oreca-Nissan) – 11 laps

9. Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin (HPD-Honda) – 11 laps

10. Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov (Oreca-Nissan) – 11 laps

 

After their second win, Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer head the standings for the first time this season. At the half-way stage they hold a small 4.5 point lead from former leaders Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

The Danish-Scottish duo was plagued by bad luck on their way to third place at Silverstone. The two Audi works drivers had to settle for third place in their Audi R18 ultra after having to make an unscheduled pit stop. Only a few minutes after McNish had taken over driving duties a slow puncture on the right rear forced him to make a tire change. As a result, the sportscar, powered by a conventionally powered V6-TDI engine, lost a lap early in the race and thus any chance of playing a bigger role in the intense battle of the concepts. The car still reached the finish only 19 seconds behind the second placed Toyota.

Audi starts the fifth round of the WEC in only three weeks time. Local matador Lucas di Grassi reinforces the Audi driver line-up as team mate to Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.

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