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This week marked the season-opening round of the WEC in the UK. Below is a roundup of all the news as it pertained to Audi’s R18 squad in and around the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
Seagrave Medals for Audi
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and the two Audi factory drivers Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval received the Segrave medals from Britain’s Royal Automobile Club at Silverstone. Three days after the Segrave Trophy was awarded to Allan McNish, the Club presented the trophies in recognition of the overall team effort. The driver combination has, under the guidance of Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, won the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone last season.
Seagrave Trophy for Allan McNish
The British automobile club RAC on Tuesday presented Allan McNish with the Segrave Trophy for his outstanding achievements and courage. Last year, the former Audi factory driver won the Tourist Trophy in the Silverstone 6 Hours, triumphed for the third time in the Le Mans 24 Hours and won the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Segrave Trophy commemorates Sir Henry Segrave, a pre-war race driver and aviator. He was the first race driver to set speed records on both land and water. McNish had been awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy for the first time in 2008. Former award winners include racing personalities Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss and Frank Williams.
BRDC Trophy for Allan McNish
Former Audi factory driver Allan McNish received a BRDC „Club de Pilotes“ trophy on Saturday at the Silverstone WEC opener. Fellow racer Andy Wallace presented last year’s FIA WEC World Endurance Champion with a trophy for the highest-placed British driver in the Le Mans 24 Hours. McNish has won the endurance race three times. The Scotsman celebrated the WEC title plus wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the corresponding Silverstone 6 Hours with Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen in an Audi R18 e-tron quattro last year.
Lotterer Presents Formula 3 Winners with Trophies
Special task for André Lotterer: The Audi factory driver who contests the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) handed over the winning trophies to the top finishers of round 1 of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Silverstone. The first winner of the new season was Volkswagen driver Tom Blomqvist whose father Stig Blomqvist had clinched the 1984 World Rally Championship with Audi.