Audi qualifies on front row at Fuji

Ingolstadt/Fuji - Good starting base for Audi at the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC): The two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars will start the race on Sunday from the front two rows.

Story Highlights

  • Benoît Tréluyer in second place is best Audi driver
  • Tom Kristensen starts from position three in Japan
  • Thorough race preparation with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars

In qualifying, Benoît Tréluyer converted his track knowledge at Fuji into a good grid position. The Frenchman, who drove in Japan for twelve years in his career, missed pole position by just a very narrow margin at Fuji on Saturday.

In the end, with his lap time of 1m 27.639s, the 35-year-old two-time Le Mans winner was lacking merely 14 hundredths of a second to Kazuki Nakajima, who managed to set the fastest time in the Toyota.

#1 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro: Marcel Fässler, Benoit Tréluyer, Andre Lotterer
#1 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro: Marcel Fässler, Benoit Tréluyer, Andre Lotterer

Photo by: Audi Communications Motorsport

The number "1" Audi was directly trailed by Tom Kristensen in the sister car. The Le Mans record winner at the wheel of the hybrid vehicle designated as car number "2" set the third-fastest lap at 1m 28.370s.

Audi’s intermediate result remains clear on the seventh weekend of the season. The brand has achieved the fastest time in qualifying as many as five times this year. On Sunday, Audi is set on battling for the sixth victory of the season.

The adjustment of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro to the 4.563-kilometer track that is within viewing distance of Mount Fuji started with testing on Wednesday.

The facility, which is the home track of competitor Toyota, is characterized by unusual corners and cambers.

Source: Audi

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Tags 6 hours of fuji, audi, e-tron, fuji, kristensen, wec