Audi Motorsport confirms the 2013 FIA WEC drivers pairings with mission title defence

With best pairings of drivers, Audi Motorsport has officially announced their confirmation to compete in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), in which Audi with three R18 e-tron quattro cars, are going to sprint at the Le Mans 24 Hours[24 Heures du Mans] on June 22nd – 23rd 2013 and at the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The two Audi hybrid sports cars will compete in other remaining six WEC racing rounds.

Audi in the WEC is going to defend the racing title with the team of drivers -Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) who are competing since 2010 and are going to defend their WEC drivers’ title and the win at 24 Heures du Mans in 2012, so it will be a good situation for them to repeat that win in 2013. The Audi French Driver Loïc Duval who won the 2012 the Spa 6 Hours is teaming with 8 times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB) who is 2 time winner of La Sarthe. These two special combination driver teams will race at all 8 WEC rounds.

There is extra drive line-up support for the Spa 6 Hours and the Le Mans 24 Hours, in which Lucas di Grassi, the Brazilian who at 2012 São Paulo WEC debuted with Audi, will be racing the third R18 e-tron quattro with the team of Spaniard Marc Gené, who was 2012 Spa 6 Hours WEC winner and Oliver Jarvis who has won and celebrated their winnings a few days back with Audi R8 GRAND-AM in GT class of 51st Rolex at Daytona 24 for 2013.

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Race Schedule of 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship[WEC]

WEC Race Name Country Date of WEC Event
6 Hours of Silverstone GBR 14/04/2013
WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps BEL 04/05/2013
24 Heures du Mans/Le Mans 24 Hours FRA 22/06/2013
6 Hours of Sao Paulo BRA 01/09/2013
6 Hours of circuit of the Americas USA 22/09/2013
6 Hours of Fuji JPN 20/10/2013
6 Hours of Shanghai CHN 10/11/2013
6 Hours of Bahrain CHN 10/11/2013

Auto Press Release 2013

Feb 1, 2013 , INGOLSTADT, Germany

Mission title defence: Audi nominates driver line-ups for World Endurance Championship
- World Championship winning trio will race for Audi for the fourth consecutive year
- Two other teams with young and established drivers
- Three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars at Le Mans and at Spa

Audi has established powerful driver pairings for its commitment in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The respective entries were confirmed today by the Selection Committee of the ACO and the FIA. Three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars will be competing at the Spa 6 Hours and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013. At each of the six other WEC rounds, Audi will be fielding two hybrid sports cars.

Drivers Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) are jointly tackling the title defense. The trio has been racing together for Audi since 2010 and celebrated the WEC drivers’ title and victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours last year, their biggest successes so far. Eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB), who has won at La Sarthe twice, are forming a team with Loïc Duval in 2013 for the first time. The Frenchman made his debut with Audi in 2012 and won the Spa 6 Hours. The two driver teams will be competing at all eight WEC rounds.

At the Spa 6 Hours and the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi is relying on an additional driver line-up. The Brazilian Lucas di Grassi, who debuted with Audi in the WEC at his home round at São Paulo last year and immediately qualified on the front row, will be driving a third R18 e-tron quattro. He is sharing the cockpit this season with the Spaniard Marc Gené, last year’s winner of the Spa 6 Hours. Oliver Jarvis is the third driver in this combination. In the Audi R8 GRAND-AM, the Briton won the GT class at the Daytona 24 Hours a week ago.

“With these three combinations we’ve put together an international team that we expect a lot of,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Our younger drivers will have the chance to establish themselves alongside the experienced Audi drivers who have really been pleasing us with their top results in all these years. With that, we’re in a very good position in terms of drivers for the Le Mans 24 Hours as well as for the other WEC races.”

2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) driver combinations

Spa 6 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours
Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F)
Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB)
Marc Gené/Lucas di Grassi/Oliver Jarvis (E/BR/GB)

All other 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship races (WEC)
Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F)
Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB)

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