Audi has vowed to bounce back over the remaining three rounds of the 2014 FIA World Endurance series after a difficult weekend in Fuji saw it slip behind Toyota in both championships.

Having moved ahead of its Japanese rivals in the manufacturers' reckoning and closed the gap in the drivers' standings after two straight wins at Le Mans and in Austin, Audi came to Fuji with form on its side but after struggling in qualifying, could not mount a challenge in the race either.

Proceeding to finish two and three laps adrift of the Toyotas at the front of the field, with the #2 Audi of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer finishing in sixth place, the trio is now 29 points adrift of Anthont Davidson and Sebastien Buemi in the drivers' reckoning.

Related Articles

"It's not a great result," said Lotterer, who struggled with battery consumption during his stint. "Positions five and six are very unusual for us. We've got to face the fact that we didn't have the potential this weekend. We did everything correctly in the race in every respect. We're going to learn our lessons from this and try and improve. The Championship remains open."

Despite this, Audi remains within close range in the manufacturers' standings, with Head of Audi Motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich pleased to be leaving Japan just seven points adrift.

"We managed a case of damage limitation in Japan because we continue to be in a promising position in the manufacturers' world championship. It was foreseeable that we'd be having a difficult time at Fuji. Still, our two driver squads and the whole team were not unsettled by this and scored valuable points for us in Japan."