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Audi adds trio for Le Mans

Audi reveals three new drivers who will take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the summer
Audi has revealed the signing of three new drivers as it looks to reclaim the Le Mans 24 Hours title in June.

The German marque saw its winning run at La Sarthe ended last year by fierce rivals Peugeot, but has responded by confirming the addition of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer to its line-up for the 2010 race.

The trio will share driving duties in one of three Audi R15 TDIs entered into the round the clock event and will shortly begin testing the car, before entering the Le Mans Series event at Spa as a pre-cursor for Le Mans itself.

"In view of our strong competitors, we want to – and have to – be perfectly positioned in terms of drivers too,” head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said. "Therefore, we decided to extend our driver line-up. Marcel, Andre and Benott attracted our attention during the past two years in a particularly positive way. They are used to handling fast prototypes and know each other extremely well. The three of them, and we too, are convinced that they are a very good combination for Le Mans.”

The three drivers join Audi with past experience of running in diesel machinery, with Fassler having been part of the Audi squad for two ALMS races back in 2008 and Lotterer having driven for the privateer Kolles team in an R10 TDI last season. Treluyer meanwhile competed at Le Mans in a Peugeot 908 HDi run by the Pescarolo Sport team.

"For the time being, plans for Marcel, Andre and Benoit are fully focused on Le Mans 2010,” Ullrich continued. "But all three of them are still relatively young, and therefore, may also become part of our sports car project over the long term.”

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Just_Observing - Unregistered

January 30, 2010 10:38 PM

WHY are Audi and Puegoet allowed 3 entries??... don't they have enough of an advantage already thanks to the ACO ? Notice that the only series that wouldn't allow them to keep their advantage, the ALMS, they now both avoid like the plague, EXCEPT for events that run under the ACO rules

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