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"The team will be giving everything"

Quotes from the Audi Sport Team Joest before the 2nd WEC round at Spa.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We’ve got to prepare two new cars between now and Spa, which imposes an extreme load on the squad. Then we’re going to concentrate on running an impeccable race. At Spa, we want to rectify the unfortunate race at Silverstone. In the past years, Spa was a very good track for us.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “We’re definitely going to attack again at Spa! Within only two weeks, the team has had to handle a tough workload. After the somewhat rocky start of the season at Silverstone, it’s now particularly important for us to focus on our next tasks until Le Mans. The squad has to get used to its processes. But Spa is more than just a test for Le Mans. We aim to win in Belgium and score points for the WEC.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “We all have the aim of showing that Silverstone was an absolute exception. We’re now in the unusual position of the hunter and need to score points. The team will be giving everything. We’ll be on the grid with three newly prepared cars. We’re definitely not lacking motivation. We’re going to strike back.”

Lucas di Grassi (29/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Was on podium with Audi at Spa last year
“I’m very much looking forward to Spa because the track is simply great and our Audi R18 e-tron quattro is very well developed. For us, the second round will be about scoring as many points as possible for the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in the WEC.”

Loïc Duval (31/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won at Spa on his debut with Audi in 2012
-Finished as the runner-up last year
“The configuration of the track is unique. And I’ve got fond memories of my victory in Belgium on my debut with Audi two years ago. In the Ardennes, there’s always a possibility for rain and temperatures may be very cool. I’m eager to see what we’ll be able to achieve there. We’re going to battle for victory. Our motivation is high.”

Tom Kristensen (46/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Set the fastest single lap at the WEC season opener in qualifying
-Together with Loïc Duval, travels to Spa as World Champion
“Every race driver looks forward to the challenge of mastering a track like Spa. We’ve got to finish and score many points. This is particularly important because our tally of points is still blank after Silverstone.”

Marcel Fässler (37/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has won six WEC rounds with his team-mates
-Has previously celebrated a 24-hour GT race victory at Spa
“I always look forward to Spa. This is my favorite race track, no matter what car I drive there. In the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, this will be a special pleasure. Last year, we achieved victory there. At Silverstone, we were also able to drive a good pace. That’s why I’m confident that this time we’ll again be looking good at Spa.”

André Lotterer (32/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is driving together with Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer for the fifth year
-Set the fastest race lap in the season opener at Silverstone
“In 2013, we saw an outstanding race at Spa. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to continue this form this year. This is one of my favorite tracks. I grew up in Belgium and still feel at home there. I’m highly motivated to drive there. We’ve got a lot of ground to make up.”

Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won at Spa last year with Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer
-Is driving together with his team-mates for the fifth year
“At Spa, we’re continuing our competition with the other four hybrid sports cars and the other entrants. At Silverstone, we had a very good beginning of the race. That made the fact that we didn’t finish even more regrettable. I’m very eager to see our potential across a full race distance.”

Filipe Albuquerque (28/P), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is celebrating his WEC debut with Audi at Spa
-Looks forward to gathering a lot of driving practice with team-mate Marco Bonanomi
“Following all the tests, I’m now excited about my first race in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. We prepared step by step and are hoping for a good race. The car is great fun. I can hardly wait for my stint.”

Marco Bonanomi (29/I), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Was on podium at Spa in 2012 on his WEC debut with Audi
-In the Ardennes, is contesting his first race in the 2014 season
“I’m very happy about being able to race for Audi again. We’ll be driving a car with different aerodynamics than the two sister race cars. We do this to prepare for our Le Mans commitment. After our tests with this body version, I’m confident. And within the squad of Audi Sport, Audi Sport Team Joest and among the drivers the atmosphere is good, too.”

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