Audi celebrates first WEC victory this season at Spa

first WEC victory

  • Audi R18 wins with Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis 
  • Audi’s 16th race success in FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 
  • 106th LMP sports car victory of the brand with the four rings 

Audi has won the unusually tough second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps. In temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade, in the end only two of the six hybrid sports cars from all manufacturers that had started finished at the front of the field in Belgium. Victory with a two-lap advantage was celebrated by Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) following an impeccable race in their Audi R18.

The number ‘7’ sister car had no chance on this occasion after Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) suffered several setbacks. In a duel, Tréluyer drove over a kerb so hard that the damaged underfloor had to be changed. After the car spent 14.30 minutes in the pits for this to be replaced, the air ducts had to be cleaned at a later stage, which cost further time. When Marcel Fässler touched a car in front of him, the team had to change the hood of his race car. In addition, number ‘7’ received a drive-through penalty for this incident. In the end, the driver trio battled its way forward to position five overall. As a result, Audi scored 40 points in the manufacturers’ classification.

The next commitment for Audi Sport in the WEC will be the test day at Le Mans on June 5. There, the squad is going to prepare for Audi’s 18th participation in the 24-hour race that will be held on June 18 and 19 this year.

Race results

1 Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi R18) 160 laps

2 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) –2 laps

3 Imperatori/Kraihamer/Tuscher (Rebellion) –4 laps

4 Heidfeld/Piquet/Prost (Rebellion) –5 laps

5 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18) –5 laps

6 Rossiter/Trummer/Webb (CLM-AER) –9 laps

7 Lapierre/Menezes/Richelmi (Alpine) –9 laps

8 Cumming/Dalziel/Derani (Ligier-Nissan) –9 laps

9 Bradley/Merhi/Rao (Oreca-Nissan) –9 laps

10 Albuquerque/Gonzalez/Senna (Ligier-Nissan) –9 laps

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “That was a mad race today. It’s great that in the end we took victory with our number ‘8’ car. Some of our competitors who had previously been leading either retired or lost ground due to issues. While our winners impeccably finished the race, it wasn’t a flawless one for number ‘7.’ Following our experiences from Silverstone, now winning round two was particularly sweet. That’s a good base for Le Mans.”