This year’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw Audi Sport Team Joest win a race that saw many competitors struggle to keep up. The #8 Audi R18 e-tron managed to drive two more laps than the second-placed Porsche, which suffered reduced hybrid power levels for much of the race.
Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis were the triumphant trio, this their first joint World Endurance Championship victory. Moving into first place halfway through the fourth hour, gliding past the leading #5 Toyota TS050 with major engine failure, the Audi team didn’t look back until they had sealed the top spot.
Oliver Jarvis commented on the race, saying: ‘It’s clear we didn’t have the performance this weekend compared to the Porsche or even the Toyota, but we stayed out of trouble and the car was reliable – that’s what endurance racing is about. We’ve had some bad luck [in previous races] so we’ll take the good luck this weekend.’
With problems arising for all six factory LMP1 cars during the six-hour endurance race, it was an interesting event, but Audi’s rear body section change near the end of the race was thankfully purely precautionary.
Because of these issues, P1 privateer Rebellion Racing managed to finish third and fourth, just as they did last month at Silverstone for the opening race of the World Endurance Championship season. Eight seconds behind in Spa, finishing in fifth place, was the #7 Audi, driven by Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer.
Audi now sits in third place in manufacturer listings after two races in the season, but with seven more races to go, the title is still all to play for. The next race is the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June – how will the Audi team fare? Keep up with results from all of the action right here.
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