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Ingolstadt, October 14, 2012 –
Employee motivation: Before flying to Fuji, in the week before last, Allan McNish took part in a brainstorming workshop at Silverstone that was focused on fans. There, the two-time Le Mans winner worked with 160 employees of Audi UK on such topics as what it means to be an Audi fan, developing and fostering a fan culture, being a team player and working together to achieve victories.
Personal presentation: André Lotterer arrived at Fuji in a company car. The German who lives in Japan traveled to the race track in his Audi R8 Spyder. With that, he gave Leena Gade a special treat as well. A week ago on Sunday, Lotterer picked up his race engineer at the airport in the R8 Spyder and took her on a tour of Tokyo.
Test day at Fuji: Before the seventh race of the WEC season, an official test was scheduled at theFuji race track on Wednesday. The teams had the opportunity to test their race cars for seven hours. Audi Sport Team Joest with the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars completed a total of 254 laps equating to 1.159 kilometers.
For a good cause: André Lotterer competed in the WEC round in Japan wearing a helmet with special graphics. While retaining the previous graphics on the right-hand half of the helmet, the left half was adorned by a timepiece. The idea was generated in collaboration with partner TAG Heuer. After the race, the Audi factory driver gave the helmet up for an auction. The proceeds will go to the “Great East Japan Earthquake Children Support Project.” It assists children who are still suffering from the consequences of the natural disaster that struck the eastern part of Japan in March 2011.
Award for most efficient drive: Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen at the seventh WEC round at Fuji received the award for the most efficient drive at the previous race in Bahrain. The Michelin Green X Challenge accolade was presented to them by Michelin manager Serge Grisin. At Fuji, the Scotsman and the Dane were again the most efficient drivers in the field.
Commitments for Audi: Loïc Duval supported his brand at the WEC race at Fuji. The French Audi factory driver with residence in Tokyo was involved in various programs for the guests, which included rides in sporty production models and a talk show in the entertainment sector.Seiji Ara, 2004 Le Mans winner with Audi, chauffeured the brand’s guests around the circuit in the Audi R8 as well.
Moving on to the next venue: The employees of Audi Sport Team Joest are staying in Asia for the WEC season finale. Instead of returning to their home base in Germany’s Odenwald region, the team-members are traveling to China early to privately spend a few days of vacation before the final race at Shanghai on October 28.
Joint appearance: The finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) from October 26 to 28 at Shanghai will not only involve the two Audi R18 cars of the factory team. Newly added to the supporting program have been two more rounds of the Audi R8 LMS Cup. In the Audi one-make cup, 16 GT sports cars, each delivering 560 HP, will be pitted against each other.