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Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi begins pursuit of 13th Le Mans win

Audi is set to get its 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours campaign underway with the first official test of the event this weekend.
Audi's quest for a 13th Le Mans 24 Hours win in 15 years gets underway this weekend with the first official test for the 2014 race around the La Sarthe circuit.

The German manufacturer comes into the 82nd edition of the iconic French race with history on its side having triumphed in 12 of the last 14 races, while it will also have the advantage of having three cars, unlike closest rivals Toyota and Porsche, which will persevere with a two-car entry.

However, with two comfortable wins from two in 2014, Toyota arguably head into this year's event as the cautious favourites. With this in mind, Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich is placing emphasis on this weekend's shakedown test.

“This makes it particularly important to use this valuable time systematically, efficiently and thoroughly prepared,” he said. “On June 1, we'll have eight hours of testing available for a very extensive program. Due to the new regulations even more factors than before have to be considered this year.

“In addition to the previously known set-up work, the tests will be about achieving the specified consumption targets on this track for the first time.”

The No.1 R18 e-tron Quattro will be driven by Tom Kristensen – who is eyeing a record 10th Le Mans win -, Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval, the No.2 car is contested by Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer, while the third car will be driven by Filipe Albuquerque, Oliver Jarvis and Marco Bonanomi.

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May 29, 2014 8:46 PM

I am really pulling for Audi but their form hasn't been quite stellar this year so far. In fact, their performance's been quite shocking for me (in a negative sense). If they somehow got screwed at BoP, I don't know - but the cars seem a bit unequal. But anything can happen at the greatest race of the year - and experience clearly speaks for Audi/Joest.


May 29, 2014 9:01 AM

Toyota are pulling out all the stops this year... Thing with Le Mans is it's so hard to prepare for so a team like Audi are holding all the cards when it comes to recent form and data.... Fair play to them they deserve it, but I will be shouting for Toyota all the way... Don't think the Porsches will feature to be honest next year onwards...

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