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WEC: Audi Victorious at Spa

This weekend at Spa, Audi proved yet again that perhaps the most important key to being successful in the WEC is simply surviving.  Finishing with a 2 lap advantage over its nearest class competitor, the #8 Audi Sport R18 of Oliver Jarvis, Loïc Duval and Lucas di Grassi crossed the finish line with a two lap advantage over Porsche, in a race where nearly every single LMP car had some sort of issue.

The #7 car of Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer finished 5th overall, after a few on-track incidents required their R18 to come into the pits for a few lengthy unscheduled stops.  An impressive late race charge was halted by a spin after contact with the #43 LMP2 Ligier JS P2, being piloted by Filipe Albuquerque.

Audi Sport and the rest of the LMP1 field will have a little over a month to get the bugs worked out before the green flag drops in LeMans for the 24 Hour classic.  Read the full race report below.

  • Audi R18 wins with Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis
  • Audi’s 16th race success in FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
  • 106th LMP sports car victory of the brand with the four rings

Audi has won the unusually tough second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps. In temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade, in the end only two of the six hybrid sports cars from all manufacturers that had started finished at the front of the field in Belgium. Victory with a two-lap advantage was celebrated by Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) following an impeccable race in their Audi R18.

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