Audi bat­tling World En­duro odds

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

IN the week­end’s FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship (WEC), Audi will keep­ing the pun­ters guess­ing up to the fi­nale in Bahrain.

Audi Sport Team Joest driv­ers will be bat­tling with the Porsche driv­ers for the World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle on Satur­day.

Mar­cel Fässler, An­dré Lot­terer and Benoît Tréluyer, with seven podium places in suc­ces­sion, have main­tained their chances for the cham­pi­onship ti­tle up to the end.

In sec­ond place of the stand­ings, they are trav­el­ling to Bahrain with a twelve-point deficit, with 26 points yet to be awarded in the is­land state.

“This is ar­guably the most thrilling sea­son of the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship. The de­ci­sion will only be made in the fi­nal race,” says Head of Audi Mo­tor­sport Dr. Wolf­gang Ullrich.

“My thanks for this go to an un­tir­ing squad who have never given up, con­tin­ued to de­velop the Audi R18 e-tron quat­tro, and worked hard.”

A sta­tis­ti­cal char­ac­ter­is­tic un­der­scores the qual­ity of this ti­tle race: no other driver squad has been on podium this year as of­ten as Fässler/Lot­terer/Tréluyer. They cel­e­brated two vic­to­ries, a sec­ond and four third places.

At the same time, Audi is aware of how dif­fi­cult a feat win­ning an FIA WEC ti­tle for the third time af­ter 2012 and 2013 will be.

Even if Fässler/Lot­terer/Tréluyer, as in 2012, were to lead an Audi one-two vic­tory in Bahrain, such a re­sult would not se­cure suc­cess in the cham­pi­onship for them. In this case, the lead­ers of the stand­ings would have to fin­ish no bet­ter than fourth for the Audi driv­ers to claim the ti­tle. “We’re go­ing to give ev­ery­thing and hope for a lit­tle for­tune to still win the cham­pi­onship,” says Chris Reinke, Head of LMP at Audi Sport. “As long as there’s a chance, we’re go­ing to bat­tle for the ti­tle.” — News­press.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The Audi R18 e-tron quat­tro #8 is play­ing a star­ring role in what may yet go down as the most thrilling sea­son of the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship yet.

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