Considering the stop-and-go penalties, off-track excursions and other related racing events, Audi’s technical problems are surely the catalyst for the loss at Sebring.
Audi will focus on a list of technical issues from a blown turbo to excessive brake wear for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. All thing considered, Audi was lucky to win the P1 Class as Peugeot suffered from it’s own series of technical issues. But Audi is confident they can learn from this race and better prepare for Le Mans.
Ralf JÃ¼ttner (Technischer Direktor Audi Sport Team Joest):
“We had problems here we did not expect at all. Additionally there were the stop-and-go-penalties and accidents. Like this you do not win a race against strong competition. We now have a long list we have to work on until Le Mans. We will take this as a warning from which we will learn. The brake problems have been especially strange. Changing the front discs cost car number one the victory. The R10 TDI simply is not built for changing brakes during the race. Doing this in five and a half minutes is quite an achievement.”
Changing rotors and brakes in 5 minutes indeed! And it wasn’t even designed for quick changes. Impressive.