Season » 2012 » 6h Fuji (J)

André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer

"The battle remains thrilling"

Quotes before the race at Fuji.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We’re looking forward to the race at Fuji. It’ll be held in completely different conditions than the past round. Instead of the high temperatures and desert sun I’m expecting around ten degrees less and changeable conditions. Two of our drivers – André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer – have an enormous wealth of experience at Fuji. I’m hoping for us to be able to show a similarly strong performance in Japan as in Bahrain.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer are traveling to Japan with a relatively comfortable advantage. If our cars had finished in reverse order in Bahrain our two driver squads would only have been separated by half a point. The battle remains thrilling. André and Benoît know the track well because they’ve got many years of experience in Japan. I’m looking forward to a nice battle between our cars and a fierce competition with Toyota.”

Marcel Fässler (36/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1
-Celebrated his third victory of the season in Bahrain together with his team-mates
“I’ll be competing in Japan for the first time and have heard a lot about the country from my team-mates. I only know the race track from the simulator though. My team-mates André and Ben have a large Japanese fan community. I’m very much looking forward to the ambience and the Japanese culture.”

André Lotterer (30/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1
-Has been racing in Japan since 2003 and lives in Tokyo
-Is the leader of the standings together with his team-mates
“Fuji is almost a home round for me because I’ve been racing in Japan for nearly ten years and am still competing in Formula Nippon there. My team-mate Benoît Tréluyer and I’ve got a large number of fans in Japan. Japanese spectators love endurance racing. The fact that Ben and I were always running there as rivals and are now competing together for Audi makes for a very special situation. The race will be a real humdinger.”

Benoît Tréluyer (35/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1
-Spent twelve years of his racing career in Japan
“I’m really excited about Japan. I’ll be arriving a little earlier in order to meet many friends and acquaintances from my days as a racer in Japan. I celebrated a large number of victories at Fuji and even lived very close to the track for two years. Now I can hardly wait to be back again.”

Tom Kristensen (45/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2
-Celebrated his sports car debut in Japan 20 years ago
-Spent several years of his career in the Land of the Rising Sun
“I love being in Japan. I spent an important part of my career there. From 1992 to 1995, I was regularly driving in Japan and sporadically again in 1996. I celebrated my sports car debut there as well, as team-mate to Eddie Irvine and Jacques Villeneuve. And I also won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the Japanese Team Goh once. I’ve got very close ties to the country and its people and owe them a lot. Now I’m returning to Japan with Audi and Audi Sport Team Joest. Back in those days I was living in Gotemba and now we’re racing at Fuji, just a few kilometers away from there. I’m basically familiar with the track but the modified final section is new to me too.”

Allan McNish (42/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2
-Most recently set the fastest time in qualifying in Bahrain
-Has run several times in Japan during his career
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Japan as a racer, for instance as a Formula 1 test driver in the nineties, then as a sports car driver and again in Formula 1. I’m expecting the fans to show a really positive response to the Fuji 6 Hours. I’m familiar with the new track layout which I came to know at the wheel of an Audi R8 V10. The circuit has retained a lot of its traditional characteristics. The first part is fast and fluid and the last one very technical and difficult with a lot of camber change and general elevation change as well. This section of the track can heavily influence the race result, both due to the vehicle set-up and the time loss when lapping other cars. The weather at Fuji is unpredictable in October. When it rains in this mountain region it pours.”

André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer