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Motorsport News Roundup: FIA WEC


All the latest news from the world of the Audi Sport FIA WEC program.

Andre Lotterer

André Lotterer wins in Japan
[source: Audi Sport]
A dominant race weekend by André Lotterer: The Audi factory driver won in the penultimate round of the Super Formula at Sugo in Japan, his adopted home. In the sixth of seven races of the season, the three-time Le Mans winner started from pole position. After 68 laps on the 3.704-kilometer Sportsland Sugo track, Lotterer recorded an advantage of more than 20 seconds. Following his victory in the opening race at Suzuka, this marked his second win in the fiercely competitive Japanese single-seater racing series this season.

Tom Kristensen Inducted into Sebring Hall of Fame
[source: Audi Sport]
The officials of the race track at Sebring, Florida, are honoring Tom Kristensen. The Dane celebrated six overall victories, plus a class win, in the famous 12-hour race in the United States. With that, the former race driver holds a record. In an official ceremony, the long-standing Audi driver Kristensen will be inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame together with other renowned personalities on March 18, 2016.

Computer Game vs. Reality
[source: Audi Sport]
Audi driver Benoît Tréluyer took part in an experiment at the race track in Austin: who laps the Circuit of the Americas faster – a computer gamer on the screen or a race driver on the real track? Provider Xbox One identified the best gamers from France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States and Canada, and invited them to Austin. Evan Thorogood beat the other competitors in the computer game Forza Motorsport 6 before subsequently competing against Benoît Tréluyer. While the 22-year old Canadian from Alberta sat on the virtual track starting line in the simulator, Benoît Tréluyer lapped the track in the Audi S3 Sedan: http://bit.ly/1P0141W

Tom Kristensen on the Road for Audi in Denmark
[source: Audi Sport]
The nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen is on a tour of Denmark for Audi. In Copenhagen, the Dane presented the new Audi R8 V10 plus in the presence of singer Pernille Rosendahl and three-time rowing Olympic gold medalist and world champion Eskild Ebbesen. In October, Kristensen is traveling to eight events across the country attended by a total of 1,000 invited guests in order to introduce the new Audi A4.

Emotional Reunion among Friends
[source: Audi Sport]
Benoît Tréluyer had an emotional reunion at the Fuji 6 Hours. The Audi driver met with former pro driver Kazuyoshi Hoshino in Japan. As a mentor, the 68-year old Japanese played a crucial role in the career of the Frenchman. “Without Kazuyoshi, my career wouldn’t be what it is and I’d hardly be an Audi driver today,” said Tréluyer. Hoshino, who won the Japanese Super GT Championship at the age of 47, founded his own team after ending his career. Tréluyer celebrated the 2006 Formula Nippon title win with the outfit.

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