Audi to challenge Peugeot
Peugeot endurance racing battle will continue the month after next at Road Atlanta as the German team eventually confirmed it’ll bring the R15 TDI back to America. So far Audi has only committed to the 10-hour race in Georgia. Audi Sport Team Joest will be running the 2 R15s for the German automaker. The diesel-powered racers opened up the season fighting at the 12 hours of Sebring with the R15 grabbing a debut victory.
From there, the Franco-Prussian war went on to the twenty-four Hours of Le Mans where Peugeot eventually came thru with a win after 3 years of trying. Audi motorsports chairperson Dr Wolfgang Ullrich blamed a scarcity of testing for the team’s failure in France this year and plans to have the team test at Road Atlanta the week before the race the month after next. Hopefully, Audi will stick around for the California race, also.
Audi contests “Petit Le Mans” race in the States. * Audi Sport Team Joest to challenge with 2 Audi R15 TDI vehicles.
* Test race with sights targeted on Le Mans 2010. Ingolstadt For the 1st time since its winning debut at Sebring in March, the technologically innovative Audi R15 TDI will again compete in an endurance race in the States : On Sep twenty-six, Audi Sport Team Joest will contest the 1000-mile “Petit Le Mans” race, which is part of the Yankee Le Mans Series, at Road Atlanta ( Georgia ) with 2 automobiles.
The 2 diesel-powered racing sports autos will be driven by Dindo Capello ( Italy ) and Allan McNish ( Scotland ) as well as the 2 Germans Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner. DTM racer Mike Rockenfeller is planned to be the team’s reserve driver. “The race at Road Atlanta already marks the 1st part of our preparation for the twenty-four Hours of Le Mans 2010,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.
“We need to use it as a break for our engineers to learn even more on the new Audi R15 TDI in direct competition with robust rivals. Plenty of things can be simulated on test rigs and in track tests. But nothing can replace the experience gathered in exact racing events.”. At the same time, Audi Sport will support the market launch of TDI technology in Northern America by taking part in the popular “Petit Le Mans” race.
From 2006 to 2008, Audi ruled the Yank Le Mans Series with the revolutionary R10 TDI and won the champ’s title in the LMP1 class 3 times in a row.
The R10 TDI celebrated a total of 18 victories in the Yankee Le Mans Series and therefore prepared the ground for introducing TDI technology on the market in North America. The R15 TDI inheritor model, the 1st second-generation diesel-powered racing sports vehicle, won the 12-hour race at Sebring ( Florida ) the season opener of the current year’s Yankee Le Mans Series at its debut race in March 2009 right away.
At the twenty four hour race at Le Mans the temporary experience with the new R15 TDI took its toll on Audi Sport Team Joest : After 5 consecutive Le Mans victories, Audi had to settle for 3rd place at the French endurance classic this year. “We’re persuaded that we were not ready to entirely exploit the potential of the R15 TDI at Le Mans,” announces Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “At Road Atlanta, we’ll have the chance to test on Sun. before the race so we should be in a stronger position than we were at Le Mans. Regardless of the robust competition by Acura / Honda, Peugeot, Mazda, Oreca and other prototype groups we figure on having good chances of fighting for victory, as we probably did over the last few years. Audi will contest the “Petit Le Mans” race for as much as the tenth time this year and has been unbeaten there so far. The Audi R8 won 6 times, the Audi R10 TDI 3. Now, the plan is for the Audi R15 TDI to keep on this galvanizing string of exploits.
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