Andre Lotterer has hailed Audi's performance in the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship after making the best of difficult conditions to lead a 1-2 at the Circuit of the Americas, the German firm moving to the front of the manufacturers' standings.

In a repeat of its Le Mans 24 Hours victory in June, the #2 Audi of Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer emerged out front when a sudden downpour wreaked havoc on the front runners, including the #8 Toyota, which at that stage had shown superior pace in the dry.

However, with both Toyotas and the #20 Porsche slipping a lap adrift in the red flag melee, the #2 Audi and the sister #1 car moved to front, repelling a brief threat from the #14 Porsche to establish a comfortable advantage to the chequered flag.

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Lifting the Lotterer, Fassler and Treluyer trio to just 11 points adrift of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Lapierre in the drivers' reckoning, Lotterer praised the team effort and the strategy calls.

"A superb result for the team," said Lotterer, who made his F1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix last month. "You can't wish for anything better than first and second place. The team performance today was superb. This also applies to our partner Michelin.

"The technical crew was confident that we'd only have to change the tires at every other stop. We didn't make any mistakes in the rain either. This was an important step in the Championship."

Head of Audi Motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich was also proud of his team, which has successfully bounced back from a double DNF in the opening round at Silverstone to move ahead of Toyota in the manufacturers' standings.

"It was a very difficult race," he said. "The heavy downpour that washed some of the cars off track and our decision at the right moment to be the first to switch to rain tires all played a crucial part in our one-two victory. But so did our good pace.

"Everything perfectly fit: we had a good car, the drivers performed superbly and there were fast pit stops. We can enjoy this success. It's great that things are continuing so positively after Le Mans."

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as usual the fastest did not win in the end Audi has repelled faster teams MANY times with BETTER drivers ,BETTER team work and BETTER organized operations Bravo to you

That was a great race - even getting drenched during the storm didn't spoil it - and having now watched both F1 and WEC at the circuit, I know which was the better spectacle - and it ISNT F1. And a total of 9 hours racing on the Saturday is what I call good value.

But please keep this a secret - I don't want the hordes of wannabes and neverwasers descending next year - just maybe keep the rain away!!