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Q&A: Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich End of WEC Season


You’ve crowned the debut season of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a two-fold title win. Has this been the most challenging motorsport project so far?
It was no doubt one of the most difficult and complex projects. I think it can be compared to the first victory of an Audi powered by a diesel engine at Le Mans in 2006. That, too, was a step toward a completely new technology. In the case of the R18 e-tron Quattro, the main focus was placed on the future orientation. Audi, yet again, was the first brand to be successful with it at Le Mans.

The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) had its inaugural season this year. Was the debut a successful one for this new racing series?
The sports prototypes definitely deserve a world championship and the debut was successful. All of us together will be working hard on achieving further improvements. I’m very pleased with the first year.

Three years ago, you gave Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer the opportunity to join Audi. Has this decision paid off?
There’s no doubt about it because the three drivers are big champions after clinching two Le Mans victories and the World Champion’s title. Such a string of successes is no coincidence. And that shows that they’re three really fantastic guys.

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