Audi scores 18 points at Shanghai

“These setbacks were very disappointing,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, summing up the event. “Seeing the strong commitment shown by the entire team and our drivers was gratifying for us. They never gave up and battled for Audi for six hours straight. As a result, we scored 18 points and managed to defend our second place in the standings. We can still become vice world champions in the finale.”

Stefan Dreyer, Head of LMP at Audi Sport, added: “Since May, we’ve been delivering an unbroken string of podium finishes including a victory in the FIA WEC. Today, we would again have liked to take a trophy home, but didn’t manage to do so. Instead we experienced the spirit of endurance racing. Even if a situation appears to have no prospect of success, it’s always worth battling for every single point. A big thank you for this goes to the entire squad.”

In only two weeks’ time, Audi will be contesting an emotional finale. Round nine of the FIA WEC in Bahrain on November 19 will not only mark the end of the 2016 endurance racing season. After 18 years and 106 victories achieved with its Le Mans prototypes to date, Audi will be ending a particularly unusual success story in modern automobile racing.

Race results

1 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche) 195 laps

2 Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin (Toyota) +59.785s

3 Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima (Toyota) +1m 06.038s

4 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) + 1m 40.855s

5 Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi R18) –3 laps

6 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi) –14 laps

7 Kaffer/Trummer/Webb (CLM P1/01) –14 laps

8 Brundle/Rusinov/Stevens (Oreca-Nissan) –15 laps

9 Blomqvist/Gelael/Giovinazzi (Ligier-Nissan) –16 laps

10 Albuquerque/Gonzalez/Senna (Ligier-Nissan) –16 laps

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