In the season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro (earlier post) of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer took victory after a six-hour race in which the lead kept changing and was fiercely contested.
Audi is competing with a thoroughly revised R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid racer in the 4-megajoule class. (Earlier post.) A two-fold quantity of hybrid energy, fundamentally revised aerodynamics, the next step in lightweight design and detailed optimization work characterize the fifth generation of the Audi R18.
Audi, Toyota and Porsche fought a three-way battle with numerous overtaking maneuvers and fighting for positions from almost start to finish. The number 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports car won with a 4.610-second advantage. The sister car of Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis took fifth place following two unscheduled pit stops.
- Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 201 laps
- Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) +4.160s
- Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima (Toyota) +14.816s
- Conway/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) -1 lap
- di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) -4 laps
- Rusinov/Canal/Bird (Ligier-Nissan) -16 laps
- Yacaman/Derani/Gonzalez (Ligier-Nissan) -17 laps
- Dalziel/Sharp/Heinemeier Hansson (HPD-Honda) -18 laps
- Leventis/Watts/Kane (Dome-Nissan) -23 laps
- Bruni/Vilander (Ferrari) -29 laps