Allan McNish bids farewell to Audi.
The Scotsman began his very successful racing career 32 years ago in karting. McNish achieved many of his greatest victories since the 2000 season with Audi most recently, the first World Championship title in his career at the wheel of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. I found the ideal moment for myself to bring an end to my LMP sports-prototype racing with Audi, says McNish. Together with my team-mates Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval I finished my most successful season in the sports car. Having also won the Le Mans 24 Hours, I cant wish for more than what weve achieved this year. I can look back on a fantastic career that has left no aims unfinished and Im looking forward to new challenges the future holds for me. Now Ill have a lot more time for my family. But Im going to continue to be part of motorsport in various roles, albeit no longer as an Audi race driver.
Allan McNish will remain in close contact with Audi Sport and contribute his knowledge. We appreciate and respect Allans decision to retire at the pinnacle of his career, says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. At the same time, this is a parting that is particularly difficult for us. All of us are well aware of Allans racing successes. We should not forget, though, how valuable he has been in the development of our race cars, how great a team player he has always been and how he has consistently applied himself to achieve Audis aims far beyond motorsport with professionalism, loyalty and commitment. We regret that Allan will no longer be contesting any races for us but are happy that he will continue to be associated with Audi Sport and the Audi brand.
Except for the years of 2001 to 2003, when the racing pro with the physique of a jockey was active in Formula 1 as a test and race driver, he was competing for the four rings since 2000. He almost exclusively drove the companys sports cars and in 2005 he was additionally active in the DTM. He is the only driver to have raced all sports cars ever made in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, from the Audi R8R to the R8, R10 TDI, R15 TDI, R18 TDI models and the R18 ultra through to the R18 e-tron quattro. He has recorded 29 overall victories, 18 pole positions, 17 fastest race laps and four title wins in eleven years, which makes him one of the most successful Audi sports car drivers. Of course, were going to miss Allan in our driver line-up extremely, says Chris Reinke, Project Manager LMP at Audi Sport. But its typical of Allan that hes also found a perfect point in time to end his career.