Andre Lotterer firmly believes his number 1 Audi machine is now back in the championship battle following his third Le Mans 24 Hour success as the WEC reconvenes at Austin after a three-month summer break.

Along with Marcel Fassler and Beniot Tr?luyer, Lotterer handed Audi a fifth straight Le Mans triumph and an unprecedented record breaking thirteenth in the Ingolstadt manufacturers' history.

As a result the Team Joest now spearhead Audi's WEC attack to sit second in the championship, 20-points adrift from the Anthony Davidson led Toyota machine.

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Despite a lengthy summer hiatus, Lotterer has kept himself race ready after taking over Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham duties for one race only at Spa to make his F1-debut at the age of 32.

"The victory at Le Mans was fantastic. Now we're back in contention for the Championship," said Lotterer.

"I'm confident that our Audi will be capable of winning at Austin. After a long break, we're traveling to Texas highly motivated. The track is great, and so is the entire environment."

The German's R18 e-tron team mate Tr?luyer echoes Lotterer's enthusiasm and says he's keen to better their third placed result from last season's Austin WEC race.

"I'm very much looking forward to Austin because both the city and the race track exude a special atmosphere," said the 37-year old.

"Unfortunately, we were only third in the race last year due to an incident but our lap times were good. This year, following our victory at Le Mans, we're going to battle for the title."