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2014 Le Mans 24: Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 19/2014
Posted by: newsla on Jun 09, 2014 - 06:16 AM
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2014 Le Mans 24: Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 19/2014


A week before the Le Mans 24 Hours, 50 players at the Audi City in Berlin achieved a new world record in a 24-hour race on a game console in a virtual Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

 

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World record for virtual Audi R18 e-tron quattro

With a virtual Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi made it into the Guinness World Records. At the Audi City on the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, 50 players drove a 24-hour race on an X-Box, setting a new world record. On Thursday night, about 1,000 guests subsequently experienced the ‘Le Mans fascination’ at the Audi Cities in Berlin and London during two simultaneous events. One of the highlights was a virtual race between the two locations, which Berlin won with the Le Mans winners Frank Biela and Mike Rockenfeller against London with Oliver Jarvis and Leena Gade.

Audi duo captures lead of the standings

Great joy for Audi customer team C. Abt Racing: In round four of the ADAC GT Masters season at Spielberg, René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde achieved second place in the second race. Following a nail-biting recovery from grid position five, they relegated the previous front runner Jaap van Lagen (Porsche) to second place overall with a ten-point advantage. After the last race weekend before the summer break, the title defenders headed by team director Christian Abt are leading the teams’ standings as well.

Podium success in Belgium

With second place in their class and third place overall Peter Cook and Franck Pelle from Team Simpson Motorsport celebrated success on the third race weekend of the Britcar Endurance Championship on the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. In the two-hour race, the British-French duo piloted an Audi R8 LMS.

Marcel Fässler as sought-after interview partner

The two-time Le Mans winner Marcel Fässler was a valued interview partner for more than 30 media on Wednesday. The Audi driver together with his Swiss challengers Sébastien Buemi and Neel Jani answered the questions of the local press one week before the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. On the race track at Lignières in the Swiss canton of Neuenburg, the journalists also personally experienced Fässler’s driving skills during taxi rides in the Audi R8. “I was delighted about the large number of quality media. Le Mans is gaining importance again in Swiss sports coverage,” said Audi’s 38-year-old motor sportsman.

Outlook for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring

Christopher Mies was a sought-after interview partner at a press event hosted by ADAC Nordrhein at the Rheinterrassen in Cologne. Mies, who drives an Audi R8 LMS ultra in the Audi customer team Prosperia C. Abt Racing, provided journalists with an outlook for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on June 21/22 in which five teams with a total of eight Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will be on the grid.

Mike Rockenfeller relies on biturbo TDI

DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller on Wednesday received his new Audi A6 Avant TDI painted in moonlight blue metallic. “After driving a very fast gasoline-powered car I’m now looking forward to the 313-hp 3.0 TDI biturbo,” admits the professional race driver, who celebrated his greatest successes with Audi in cars with both types of power-plants. In 2013, ‘Rocky’ won the DTM title in the Audi RS 5 DTM, while on clinching the Le Mans victory in 2010 and the LMS title in 2008 he relied on TDI engines. Rockenfeller, who lives in Switzerland, took possession of his A6 Avant at the Audi dealership AMAG Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance (fuel consumption combined: 6.3 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 166 g/km).

A word from ... Tom Kristensen

Last week, on the test day at Le Mans, you finished your preparations for the biggest race of the year. How do you assess the test day?
We were very productive. We’ve been developing our car since 2012 and now we were able to test it for the first and only time on the track we’re driving the 24-hour race on. All three manufacturers with LMP1 hybrid sports cars are set on battling for overall victory at Le Mans. The regulations have caused us to be close together. Now it’s up to us to set up the car so that we’ll actually be able to make full use of our Audi R18 e-tron quattro’s potential.

Together with Loïc Duval and Allan McNish you celebrated your ninth Le Mans victory a year ago. After Allan McNish ended his career you started to drive with Lucas di Grassi in the past two races. Is he a good fit for your team?
He’s perfectly gelled with our driver squad and has been part of the Audi team for quite some time. We’re proud to have him on board. At the same time, Allan McNish is still with us in the background. He’s helping us and working to make some of the processes even more efficient. That gives us a good feeling. But car number 1 isn’t the only one that’s ready. Number 2 was running well on the test day too. Many outside observers were surprised by the lap times set by Marco Bonanomi in car number 3 – but we in the team weren’t. Filipe Albuquerque made a good showing on his first laps at Le Mans as well. So we’re ready for the race.

In 2014, Le Mans is dominated by efficiency more than ever before. What does that mean for you?
A new era is beginning at Le Mans with completely new, fascinating technology. That’s a nice challenge for drivers, engineers and mechanics. The race will be even more demanding. And in the end, it’s about being the fastest while driving with utmost efficiency and consistency. Everything’s got to fit, from aerodynamics to the tires, from the TDI engine to the hybrid system. And the communication flow between the pits and the drivers is more intensive than ever before. Our car feels very well-balanced for my team-mates Loïc Duval and Lucas di Grassi, as well as for me. That’s a good sign.

Coming up next week

12/06 Loïc Duval, 32nd birthday
13/06 Filipe Albuquerque, 29th birthday
14/06 Jamie Green, 32nd birthday
14/06 Hockenheim (D), round 3, DMV Touring Car Challenge
14/06 Le Mans (F), 24 Hour race, round 3, WEC

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