Audi is currently holds the lead for the FIA World Endurance Championship, with drivers Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer. Audi is looking to continue its success in Austin, Texas.
Audi is actually quite favored in the US, in terms of racing, as its won nine sports car title wins in succession since the 2000 season. With Audi also growing as one of the more popular brands in the United States, it’s becoming even more favored. No doubt, another win in the ‘States will help increase that popularity even further. So far, Audi has been unbeaten at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas, since 2013 when the track open, with its LMP racer.
“Obviously, it’s our aim to battle for victory again this time,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “In the first half of the season, we saw that the efficiency regulations allow for really major development steps. The teams have been getting better and better at tapping this potential. The technological progress has been significant, which leads to shifts from race to race.”
However, since Audi won the past two rounds, in the United Kingdom and Belgium, its opponents have gotten better and faster. “At Austin, a challenging track is awaiting us that every one of our six drivers really likes. We’re hoping to be able to continue the good performance we showed at the beginning of the season,” says Chris Reinke, Head of LMP at Audi Sport.
The 6 hour FIA WEC will kickoff Saturday, September 19th, 5:00 PM local time. Two hours or so into the race and the Texas sun will start to set, giving way to an epic night race.