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Tom Kristensen Loic Duval and Dr Wolfgang Ullrich
(MENAFN Editorial) Five World Champions and Le Mans winners plus a former Formula One driver “ this is the high-caliber driver line-up Audi will be competing with in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and at Le Mans



For the first time, the title defenders Loc Duval (F) and Tom Kristensen (DK) are sharing an Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Lucas di Grassi (BR). The former Formul

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 (GB), who has ended his career as a race driver. On the way to the 2013 World Championship title, Duval, Kristensen and McNish won three WEC rounds “ including the 24-hour race at Le Mans. For record winner Kristensen, this marked the ninth success and for his team-mate Duval the first



Marcel Fssler (CH), Andr Lotterer (D) and Benot Trluyer (F) again form a team in the third year of the FIA World Endurance Championship. 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, So Paulo and Shanghai and finished the drivers' classification as the runners-up



In the 6-hour race at Spa (May 3) and at the season's pinnacle event at Le Man

(June 14/15), Audi will be fielding an additional R18 e-tron quattro.* This car will be driven by the previous DTM driver Filipe Albuquerque (P) as well as by Marc

Bonanomi (I) and Oliver Jarvis (GB). 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 Gen (E) will be the reserve driver for the races at Spa and Le Mans




"In 2014, we again have a very good driver line-up," says Head of Audi Motorspor

Dr. 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.



Chris Reinke, Project Leader LMP at Audi, says, "In Lucas di Grassi we've found the ideal complement to Tom Kristensen and Loc Duval. Marcel Fssler, Andr Lotterer and Benot Trluyer have been a solid team for several years. We're delighted to have Filipe Albuquerque as a driver in the LMP1 sports car. He's shown his ability to handle the switch from the DTM car to an LMP1 prototype in track tests. Together with Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis he's forming a promising trio that'll truly strengthen our line-up in the races it'll be running in.



Driver combinations for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC



Spa 6 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hour

Lucas di Grassi/Loc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK

Marcel Fssler/Andr Lotterer/Benot Trluyer (CH/D/F

Filipe Albuquerque/Marco Bonanomi/Oliver Jarvis (P/I/GB)



All other races of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC

Lucas di Grassi/Loc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK

Marcel Fssler/Andr Lotterer/Benot Trluyer (CH/D/F



*subject to confirmation by the Selection Committee of the ACO and the FI


About The Audi Group
The Audi Group delivered around 1,575,500 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2013. From January through the end of September 2013 the Company posted revenue of ‚37 billion and an operating profit of ‚3.74 billion. The Audi Group is globally present in more than 100 markets and produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Gy‘r (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). The brand with four rings produces cars also in Foshan (China) since December 2013, in 2015 in So Jos dos Pinhais (Brazil) and 2016 in San Jos Chiapa (Mexico). AUDI AG's wholly owned subsidiaries include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy) and the sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy). The Group currently employs almost 73,000 people worldwide, including around 50,000 in Germany. Total investment of around ‚22 billion is planned from 2014 to 2018 “ mainly in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi lives up to its corporate responsibility and has strategically established the principle of sustainability for its products and processes. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.AUDI AG's commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005. The current Middle East model range comprises the Audi A1, A3 and S3 Sedan, A4 and RS 4 Avant, the A5 Coupe, Sportback, Cabriolet and RS 5, the A6, S6 & RS 6 Avant, A7, S7 & RS 7, A8 L & S8, the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7, the Audi TT Coupe/Roadster and TT RS Coupe, the Audi R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder as well as R8 V10 plus.

 


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