Audi has nominated nine race drivers and one reserve driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Numerous victories in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC and the DTM as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans unite the team.
“Over the years, we have repeatedly seen just how important it is that the team not only performs strongly, but also gel with each other and support one another as well,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “I’m convinced that we have forged a good team again for 2015.”
A glance at their racing careers indicates just how good the understanding is between the current drivers, and just how closely their successes are interwoven. The drivers boast a combined total of no less than eleven Le Mans victories, distributed between Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer, Loïc Duval and reserve driver Mike Rockenfeller. The four first-mentioned were already FIA WEC World Champions, the latter adds a DTM title as well as 24-hour race wins at the Nürburgring and at Daytona to the record. Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer have won Le Mans three times since 2011. Oliver Jarvis claimed victory in the 12 Hours Sebring and a class win in the 24 Hours of Daytona with Audi. One of his team mates at Daytona was Filipe Albuquerque, who also clinched the Italian GT Championship runner-up title with Audi and won the prestigious Race of Champions. His team mate at that time, Marco Bonanomi, won the 2011 title in Italy at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS. In turn, they both know their new team mate René Rast exceptionally well from Audi’s GT program. In 2014, the German won the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa and was ADAC GT Masters Champion in an R8 LMS ultra.
Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer contest the entire WEC season with start number 7. They enter their sixth season together at Audi. Historically, only one driver line-up under the sign of the four rings has lasted longer: Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish were a team for six-and-a-half years between 2006 and 2012. Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis share the cockpit in number 8. Audi Sport Team Joest enters a third race car with number nine in the 6 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Filipe Albuquerque/Marco Bonanomi/René Rast.