In addition to di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) will be attacking for Audi. The trio, in 2013, clinched Audi’s only victory at Shanghai to date. The 5.451-kilometer track features some extreme sections. Two helical turns are unique and two long straights call for good top speed. The other cornering radii range from three turns being driven in first gear to fast bends which the drivers tackle in fourth or fifth gear.
For Audi, China including Hong Kong is the largest single market anywhere in the world. Last year, Audi delivered 571,000 automobiles there. In the first three quarters of 2016, the brand increased its deliveries by 6.2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
In addition to the FIA WEC, local fans can look forward to being treated to another great racing event. As part of the supporting program at Shanghai, the Audi R8 LMS Cup will take place on the same weekend, Audi’s first one-make cup holding its two final rounds there. The top five drivers in the standings still have chances of winning the title.
The 6 Hours of Shanghai race will start on Sunday, November 6, at 11:00 local time (04:00 CET). On its German website, Eurosport will be offering free video live streaming for the entire race and live TV coverage of the final stage (08:30 to 10:15 CET) on Eurosport 1. Audi is going to keep its fans up to speed on Facebook (AudiSport) and Twitter (@audisport).
Standings after seven of nine rounds
1 Jani/Lieb/Dumas (Porsche), 140 points
2 Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin (Toyota), 117 points
3 Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi), 111.5 points
4 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche), 93.5 points
5 Fässler/Lotterer (Audi), 78 points
6 Imperatori/Kraihamer/Tuscher (Rebellion), 60 points
7 Lapierre/Menezes/Richelmi (Alpine-Nissan), 46 points
8 Tréluyer (Audi), 44 points
1 Porsche, 263 points
2 Audi, 204 points
3 Toyota, 174 points
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