Audi in eager anticipation of Japan

The weather around Mount Fuji makes for unpredictable conditions. In 2013, precipitation was so extreme that the race could not be started. Although last year Marcel Fässler (CH) took the lead at the beginning of the race and Loïc Duval achieved the fastest race lap, their performances did not result in victory. Fuji is the only race that has been on the FIA WEC calendar since 2012 which Audi has not yet won. “We’d obviously like to change that, even though we know how difficult that will be,” says Dr. Ullrich. The diesel hybrid sports car has proved absolutely competitive in the second half of the 2016 season. In the past three races at the Nürburgring, in Mexico and at Austin, Audi recorded 1,136 kilometers in the lead in total. Still, the battle for the top positions is as fierce as never before. In the rounds in Mexico and Texas, all three brands celebrated podium results with their hybrid sports cars.

Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis continue to be the best-placed Audi squad in the standings. They have reduced their deficit to the front runners to 37.5 points and 78 points can still be scored until the finale. In the manufacturers’ standings, Audi is trailing Porsche by 53 points, with 132 points yet to be awarded.

The 6 Hours of Fuji will start on Sunday, October 16, at 11:00 local time (04.00 CEST). On its German website, Eurosport will be offering live video streaming of the entire race free of charge and air live coverage of the final stage (08:30–10:15 CEST) on Eurosport 1. Audi will keep its fans up to speed on Facebook (AudiSport) and Twitter (@audisport).

Standings after six of nine rounds

Drivers’ championship

1 Jani/Lieb/Dumas (Porsche), 130 points

2 Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi), 92.5 points

3 Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin (Toyota), 92 points

4 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche), 78.5 points

5 Fässler/Lotterer (Audi), 78 points

6 Imperatori/Kraihamer/Tuscher (Rebellion), 52 points

7 Tréluyer (Audi), 44 points

Manufacturers’ championship

1 Porsche, 238 points

2 Audi, 185 points

3 Toyota, 137 points

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