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WEC: Audi Sport Gears Up for Season Opener at Silverstone

Audi Sport will kick of it’s 5th season in the FIA World Endurance Championship this Sunday at Silverstone Circuit in Southern England, marking the competition debut of Audi Sport Team Joest’s all-new R18.  For this year’s competition, Audi Sport Team Joest will field two R18s, featuring driver lineups of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer in the 7 car, and di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis in the number 8.

This year’s 6 Hours of Silverstone will mark the beginning of what Audi Sport hopes to be a return to form, after the car of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer finished second overall in the Driver’s Championship, and Audi Sport finished second in the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2015.  Silverstone is a circuit the drivers all know quite well, having won the 6 Hours last year, and located just 130km from Oliver Jarvis’ home in Burwell.

Equipped with more power, enhanced aerodynamics and increased efficiency, Audi Sport Team Joest will take the green flag for the 6 Hours of Silverstone at 7AM EST.  Coverage of the race will be made available on Audi Sport’s social media pages, and on Fox Sports 1 (Green-9AM EST) and Fox Sports 2 (9AM EST-Checkered).

Read the full press release below.

  • First race of the new Audi R18
  • Audi Sport Team Joest on grid with two driver squads

Audi will start to its fifth season in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on April 17. On the 5.891-kilometer track at Silverstone near the UK town of Northampton, the brand will be contesting the season opener with two new LMP1 race cars.

Alongside last year’s winners, Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer, in car number “7,” Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) are competing in car number “8” for Audi Sport Team Joest. For Oliver Jarvis, Silverstone is a home round – he lives in Burwell, 130 kilometers away from the race track.

Audi has a special relationship with the United Kingdom and the UK automobile market. Within the space of a decade, the brand more than doubled its deliveries there and in 2015 added another five percent. In 2015, Audi delivered 166,817 units in the UK, more than ever before.

The first of nine FIA WEC rounds will start on Sunday, April 17, at 12:00 (13:00 CEST). Eurosport will start to air 130 minutes of live coverage of the race decision at 17:00 CEST. In addition, Audi will be offering accompanying reportage on Facebook (AudiSport), Twitter (@Audi__Sport) and the Audi Sport App.

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