Audi won the unusually tough second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps. In temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade only two of the six hybrid sports cars from all manufacturers that had started finished at the front of the field in Belgium. Victory with a two-lap advantage was celebrated by Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis following an impeccable race in their Audi R18.
The spectators in Belgium witnessed the most thrilling WEC round in a long time. At various times of the 6-hour race, each of the three brands led with a clear advantage at least once, but the heat and an action-packed race took their toll across the cars.
Lucas di Grassi started the race in car number ‘8’ before his teammate Loïc Duval, followed by Oliver Jarvis, took over the cockpit. After six hours of racing with several yellow periods, numerous sports penalties, accidents and technical defects in the field, the trio celebrated its first joint victory. Di Grassi was pleased about his first-ever winners’ trophy with Audi.
“Today, the drivers, the team and the technology had to show real endurance qualities,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “I am very happy about the first joint victory clinched by Lucas, Loïc and Oliver. Sincere congratulations on their impeccable performance.” It was Audi’s 106th LMP success in total since the 2000 season.
6 Hours of Spa Race results:
1 Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi R18) 160 laps
2 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) –2 laps
3 Imperatori/Kraihamer/Tuscher (Rebellion) –4 laps
4 Heidfeld/Piquet/Prost (Rebellion) –5 laps
5 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18) –5 laps
6 Rossiter/Trummer/Webb (CLM-AER) –9 laps
7 Lapierre/Menezes/Richelmi (Alpine) –9 laps
8 Cumming/Dalziel/Derani (Ligier-Nissan) –9 laps
9 Bradley/Merhi/Rao (Oreca-Nissan) –9 laps
10 Albuquerque/Gonzalez/Senna (Ligier-Nissan) –9 laps