THANK YOU AND GOOD­BYE,AUDI

Wheels Asia - - In the scene -

Say­ing good­bye with a bang: Audi achieved an im­pres­sive one-two vic­tory in the last race of its Le Mans pro­to­types in the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship (WEC). Af­ter clinch­ing pole po­si­tion in qual­i­fy­ing, the Audi R18 diesel hy­brid sports car went on to claim a lights-to-flag vic­tory in the 6 Hours of Bahrain. In ad­di­tion, Lu­cas di Grassi set the fastest race lap. As a re­sult, Audi has clinched the vice-cham­pi­onship ti­tles in the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ and driv­ers’ clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

Audi Sport, its six cam­paign­ers and Audi Sport Team Joest gave their all once again in the season fi­nale and came out the big win­ners. “Thank you to the whole squad for an im­pec­ca­ble per­for­mance. You couldn’t wish for a sweeter farewell,” said Head of Audi Mo­tor­sport Dr. Wolf­gang Ull­rich. “Our com­peti­tors and the FIA WEC gave us a very emo­tional fi­nale with many nice ges­tures, and we are say­ing thank you with the best pos­si­ble sport­ing re­sult for so many years of tremen­dous rac­ing: an un­for­get­table week­end!”

With that, Audi looks back on a sports car era with an im­pec­ca­ble track record. Since 1999, the LMP race cars with the four rings have won 107 of 187 races in Amer­ica, Europe, Asia, and Aus­tralia. In the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship (WEC) since 2012, Audi has stood for bests as well. On 16 oc­ca­sions, the brand’s sports cars were on pole po­si­tion, win­ning 17 of 41 races. 23 fastest race laps com­plete this tally. No other man­u­fac­turer has been more suc­cess­ful in even just one of these cat­e­gories. In ad­di­tion, Audi clinched two driv­ers’ and two man­u­fac­tur­ers’ world cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

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