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Audi Sport Team Joest with solid starting base at Spa

In the weather gamble at Spa, the crowd got to see a thrilling qualifying session for round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). On a drying track, the best teams opted for a second driver change, in addition to the one driver change prescribed by the regulations. The 2012 World Champions, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) were the best Audi Sport Team Joest squad. In the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, they achieved position three.

On a wet track, Lucas di Grassi (BR) in car #1 and André Lotterer in car #2 started qualifying on intermediate tires. When Tom Kristensen (DK) took over #1 and Marcel Fässler #2 from their team-mates Audi Sport Team Joest fitted both hybrid sports cars with slicks. Both drivers were able to complete their respective mandatory timed laps this way. However, as the times had improved by about five seconds on the drying track, the team decided to let the first two drivers, respectively, take the wheel again. This choice gave the team a possibility to improve the average time set by both drivers per car on two new, faster laps. This average determines the grid positions.

Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer achieved grid position three this way with a 1.3-second gap to pole. Lucas di Grassi and his squad, after a good start, only missed the beginning of a final lap by a few seconds – the time had run out.

The third Audi R18 e-tron quattro was running on a completely different strategy. In Belgium, Filipe Albuquerque (P) and Marco Bonanomi (I) are preparing for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Their hybrid sports car uses an aerodynamics variant that is already geared to the endurance race in June. Sports car rookie Albuquerque and his team-mate achieved a solid performance. The Portuguese was initially running on rain tires before his Italian team-mate tackled the 7-004-kilometer track on intermediates. On his final outing, Albuquerque relied on slicks. The duo qualified for grid position seven.

Following the unsteady weather on Friday, a low risk of precipitation is expected for the race. The Spa 6 Hours start on Saturday at 14:30. Eurosport will broadcast the final phase from 18:30 to 20:45.

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