Season » 2013 » 12h Sebring (USA)

Oliver Jarvis

"We travel to Sebring a little downhearted"

Quotes before the 12h classic at Sebring.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport: “Sebring was always a fixed date in our motorsport calendar since the beginning of our sports car program in 1999. And justifiably so, as Sebring is a particularly hard racetrack. Hard and demanding for driver and machine – whoever survives this 12-hour race without problems is usually well equipped for every other challenge. The race will once again be the perfect dress rehearsal for the forthcoming WEC season and the 24-hour race at Le Mans.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “We travel to Sebring a little downhearted. It’s a real shame that LMP1 sports cars will not be allowed to start anymore in this legendary race. The race this year means some additional technical effort for us as we send two cars of different generations to the grid. It’s good, however, that we can test the further developed Audi R18 e-tron quattro in race conditions here. It’s always proved particularly beneficial in terms of preparing for the 24-hour race at Le Mans. We are happy to accept the extra effort for this.”

Marcel Fässler (36/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
- First Swiss to win a World Championship title in car racing
- Competes for the third time at Sebring in a Le Mans Prototype
“Sebring is a very special race thanks to its tradition, atmosphere and the track’s unique character. I’ve raced here twice before, but haven’t been able to win so far. I want to change that this time around, especially as it’s probably the last chance we’ll get for a long time to fight for overall victory here with Audi.”

Oliver Jarvis (29/GB, Foto), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
- First race together with Le Mans winners Fässler and Tréluyer
- Competes for the second time in a race in America
- Won the GT class in an Audi R8 GRAND-AM at Daytona on his U.S. debut in January
“I was really happy when I got the call from Audi saying that I could race at Sebring. The race is one of the world’s greatest endurance classics. I’m particularly proud of being in a car with the two-time Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer. I’m certain that I can learn a lot from them and hope that we will be successful together. I’m already convinced that this race will be a highlight in my career.”

Benoît Tréluyer (36/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
- Starts his fourth season with Audi
- Starts for the second time at Sebring after his debut last year
“Sebring is a special race – for several reasons: firstly, the many extremely enthusiastic fans make the atmosphere something very special. Secondly, it is difficult to find a perfect set-up for the car because the track is very bumpy and the surface changes constantly between concrete and different types of tarmac. The race is a big challenge for everybody. I’m looking forward to mastering it.”

Lucas di Grassi (28/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
- First race at Sebring
- Second race for Audi (after WEC Brazil 2012)
“I’ve never been to Sebring, but I’ve heard from my team-mates that it is a fabulous race and the track is extremely demanding. This is why I’m excited, but also happy about having the same team-mates for my second outing as an Audi factory driver as I did for my debut in 2012 at Interlagos. Tom (Kristensen) and Allan (McNish) helped me a lot at that time and they’ll also support me this time with many valuable tips.”

Tom Kristensen (45/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
- Record winner at Sebring with six overall victories to his name
- Starts his 14th season as Audi factory driver in Florida
“Nothing has changed at Sebring since the days of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. So, the challenge is the same as every year: to get through the traffic well, to hustle the car safely and quickly around the very bumpy track – and to win. The whole thing is obviously even more special as this could possibly be the final race in an Audi prototype at Sebring.”

Allan McNish (43/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
- Shares a cockpit with Tom Kristensen at Audi since 2006
- Has mounted the Sebring podium seven times in his career
“It was really great news when I heard that Audi would also race at Sebring in 2013. After all, this race is an important part of Audi’s sports car history. That there is also a hint of goodbye hanging over the event gives the whole thing a special touch. Even more fans than usual will certainly come to the track to personally experience the end of an era. Just like the entire Audi team, I will also do my utmost to bid Sebring farewell with a win. This would make me very proud.”

Oliver Jarvis