Lotterer will miss Sebring due to testing R18 in Japan

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Audi is preparing for 2013 programs across the globe but the head of Audi Motorsport took time out of his busy schedule to explain why André Lotterer will not be at Sebring.

Motorsport.com was curious as to why champion driver Andre Lotterer was not listed on the lineup for the American Le Mans Series opening race in Florida. While we knew the German had a commitment in Japan, we honestly were not sure if it was due to his sponsor, his love of challenges including racing in a country he calls his second home, or if he was on an assignment for Audi.

Lotterer is one of Audi AG’s factory drivers, and of course will be ready to defend the titles that he and his two teammates, Marcel Fässler, Benoît Tréluyer, had earned. The trio landed the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) crown plus they scored the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans victory last year.

2012 Le Mans victory celebrration
2012 Le Mans victory celebrration

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

In exclusive quotes, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich explained, "We have tried to divide the test and race program for the 2013 season equally amongst our drivers. And as Andre, for example, has beside the race and intense testing program with the R18 a program in Japan too, we gave Olly the chance to get milage in the car.”

Audi will have two of their R18 e-tron quattros at the always challenging Twelve Hours of Sebring: the 2012-generation one and an updated version of the prototype which no doubt will be the R18 that will take on this year’s contests including Le Mans.

The driver lineup for Sebring will see Fässler, Tréluyer plus Oliver Jarvis. In the other LMP1 R18 will be Tom Kristensen who holds the record for the most overall wins at Sebring. He will aim for his seventh victory this year with Allan McNish and Lucas di Grassi. For Audi AG, their drivers and the crew members for their two R18 e-tron quattros, they will be aiming for their 11th 12 hour victory on the historic circuit.

As for Lotterer having to miss this event, Ullrich added, "With no [WEC] points for Sebring this year it is not a problem.” Leaving us with a teaser, he said, “Our driver line up for Le Mans and the WEC will be announced on February 1st, after the official FIA WEC press conference."

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Series ALMS , LEMANS , WEC
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Tags alms, audi, di grassi, e-tron, jarvis, kristensen, le mans, lotterer, mcnish, r18, sebring, wec

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