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"The spectators can look forward to a great season opener"

Quotes ahead of the WEC season opener at Silverstone.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
“The new season shows that this World Championship with three manufacturers in the LMP1 class and the large number of other teams in the field is heading in the right direction. Getting this series off the ground was a challenge. Now we’re feeling real momentum. I’ll be very happy when the season starts at Silverstone. It’s been a very intensive winter due to the new regulations. The current adjustments to the regulations make the situation particularly difficult for us.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP)
“We’re at the beginning of a new era. It’s a new era because of the technical challenges posed by the new race cars on the one hand and the strong competition on the other. We’re meeting with two rivals that must be taken very seriously. This raises the level of the competition which we’re happy to take on. Our aim is to start the new season with a victory.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest)
“The spectators can look forward to a great season opener. Following their assembly in Ingolstadt, our cars have completed all the roll-outs and functional tests and were also on track in the WEC Prologue at Le Castellet, where they met with our previous challenger Toyota and, for the first time, with Porsche. The way the new regulations have been designed will result in a very close range of the times set by all the manufacturers. The regulations now coming into effect are new for all of us. This will be very exciting.”

Lucas di Grassi (29/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is starting his first full WEC season with Audi
-Is the new team-mate of Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen
“Silverstone will be a very special race for the whole WEC, for Audi and for me. I’m at the beginning of my first full WEC season. Now, the most efficient car and the most efficient drivers will have an advantage. New rules and new challengers mean that things will be even more difficult. I regard myself as a rookie in this squad and want to learn as much as possible from Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen.”

Loïc Duval (31/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won a year ago in England, on running for the first time with his (then) new team-mates
-Is starting the 2014 season with Tom Kristensen as World Champions
“Our World Championship starts on a historic track. Many fans will remember the great head-to-head race between Benoît Tréluyer and Allan McNish in the final stage a year ago. For me, it was the first success with Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish. Like last year, we’ll have the chance to win the Tourist Trophy there, one of the most tradition-steeped prizes in racing.”

Tom Kristensen (46/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Laid the foundation for his World Championship title at Silverstone in 2013
-Is starting the new season as the record holder with nine Le Mans victories under his belt
“I’m very much looking forward to our first race. The clocks have been reset to zero. It’s the first year under completely new conditions. Three manufacturers in the top category mean that the competition will become even more thrilling. Silverstone is a perfect venue for the season opener.”

Marcel Fässler (37/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is starting his fifth joint season with André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer
-In 2012, the trio clinched the first WEC World Champions’ title
“I’m dying for the season opener to start because the winter, with all the tests, was very long. Now we’re finally driving for points. The track in England with its challenging layout is exactly what you wish for as a race driver. A year ago, we had a wonderful battle for victory with our sister car there. It’s time for the season to start.”

André Lotterer (32/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has won an amazing six WEC rounds with his team-mates to date
-Together with his team-mates, led 105 of the 197 race laps at Silverstone last year
“It’ll be a highlight when the three brands meet in the LMP1 class at Silverstone. I can hardly wait for it. That’s when the sporting part of the season starts after all the tests and developments. Following the narrow result last year, it would be great if we could win at Silverstone this time.”

Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Won at Silverstone with his team-mates two years ago
-Was a Le Mans winner in 2011 and 2012
“A year ago, we saw a nice race at Silverstone and fought a great battle with our team-mate Allan McNish. Now, with the new regulations and a third manufacturer, things will become even more interesting, especially on a classic race track that we love as drivers.”

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