Rainy weather limits test program but all three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars ready for 24-hour race. Also on Sunday, Marco Bonanomi tests tire generation for 2014.
Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 9, 2013 Audi completed its preparations for the most important endurance race of the year with a test in France that was largely held in rain. Two weeks before the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi Sport Team Joest set up the long-tail version of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro for the high-speed track on the eight-hour test day.
In the afternoon, there was only slow improvement of the weather situation. It was only possible to use dry tires on the tradition-steeped track in the last 90 minutes. The three R18 e-tron quattro cars finished the test day in the top three positions. Despite the prevailing rainy weather conditions car number 4 also gathered important findings for the future. Audi factory driver Marco Bonanomi in the black R18 e-tron quattro tested the new tire generation by partner Michelin for 2014.
We traveled to the test day in order to work through various programs and to learn something in the process, said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich in summing up the day. Unfortunately, due to the unsteady weather, we didnt even come close to being able to try out all the planned options. It only became dry toward the end. Loïc Duval ultimately found a free lap, and he managed to set the fastest time. But only in the race well really see where we stand.