Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish took the No. 2 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro to victory at this weekend's Six Hours of Austin at the Circuit of the Americas, marking the 12th victory for the R18 body and the 100th LMP overall victory for Audi since 2000. The milestone victory also saw a second R18, driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, take third place.

Audi's LMP boss, Chris Reinke pointed out the poignancy of snagging the brand's 100th victory in the US, saying, "For Audi, it's a very special result because it was the 100th victory in LMP racing. We celebrated the first victory int he USA as well, in 2000. What could be sweeter than achieving this milestone here?" It wasn't all easy going, though, as the team was racing at COTA for the first time, and the No. 1 car had more than a few difficulties.

This victory marked the 12th for the R18 since it started racing in 2011. For comparison, the R15 TDI only managed three victories between 2009 and 2011, and the R10 TDI took 22 wins between 2006 and 2008. Those cars are overshadowed by the original Audi R8 racecar, which won 63 races between 2000 and 2006. Take a look below for the full press release from Audi, and additional quotes from team members.
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Audi celebrates 100th LMP overall victory with Austin win
Duval/Kristensen/McNish achieve historic milestone for Audi
Audi R18 e-tron quattro remains unbeaten in 2013
Le Mans winners extend lead of the standings

Audi achieved a historic milestone on the Texan debut of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Austin. The squad of Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich celebrated the 100th overall victory of an LMP sports car of the brand. The event has a parallel, as Audi had clinched its first-ever victory in America as well – at Sebring, on March 18, 2000. Back then and today, it was Audi Sport Team Joest that fielded the victorious race car and, back then and today, Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen was part of the successful Audi driver squad.

With an air temperature of 28 degrees centigrade and track temperature of 45 in Texas, Audi managed the next top performance, as the brand remains unbeaten in the current WEC season. Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) celebrated their third WEC victory this year on the demanding 'Circuit of the Americas.' The trio had previously won the season opener at Silverstone and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The number '2' Audi R18 e-tron quattro crossed the finish line with a 23.617-second advantage in front of challenger Toyota. For the brand with the four rings, this marked an amazing fifth victory in an equal number of WEC rounds this year and the sixth LMP win in succession, if the triumph at the Sebring 12 Hours in March is included in the tally.

In addition to driving skills, tactical intelligence was crucial, as – contrary to common practice at other events – not every tire change was accompanied by a driver change. As a result, the Audi drivers remaining in the cockpit immediately and consistently converted the reserves of the tires from partner Michelin into excellent lap times, as they were able to continue their race rhythm unchanged.

The successful run of car number '2' was contrasted by massive misfortune of the number '1' car driven by Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F). Right in the early phase of the six-hour race, Fässler became entangled in several tough position battles. Among others, the number '8' Toyota received a warning for the action. This subsequently resulted in a whole series of setbacks. Audi was forced to change the damaged rear diffusor of the R18 e-tron quattro. The hard impact following a collision additionally caused an electrical fuse to come loose. As a result, the electrical gearshift of the transmission could not be operated at times and the problem had to be corrected during an additional stop. To top things off, a piece of loose artificial turf got stuck on the car's underbody during an evasive off-track maneuver in the commotion. The mechanics removed it during a pit stop, as the piece of turf obstructed the flow of cooling air. Benoît Tréluyer subsequently started a recovery, drove the fastest race lap but, in the process, ran over the track boundaries once. Thus, to make matters worse, car number '1' received a drive-through penalty. In the end, last year's World Champions had to settle for third place at Austin.

In the standings, the Austin winners increased their lead. Duval/Kristensen/McNish had arrived in Texas with a 22-point advantage and are now traveling to the next round in Japan with a 33-point advantage. On October 20, the sixth of eight rounds in the FIA World Championship (WEC) will take place at Fuji.

Overview of Audi's 100 LMP overall victories:
Audi R8 (2000-2006): 63 victories
Audi R10 TDI (2006-2008): 22 victories
Audi R15 TDI (2009-2011): 3 victories
Audi R18 TDI/ultra/e-tron quattro (since 2011): 12 victories

Quotes after the race

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): "This was quite literally a very hot race today. It was only decided in the last 80 minutes. But we again managed to be in front. The 100th victory of an Audi LMP sports car is definitely something special. I'm happy for the whole team that has made all this possible."

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): "On a race track that was completely new to us we achieved a great result in a thrilling race. For Audi, it's a very special result because it was the 100th victory in LMP racing. We celebrated the first victory in the USA as well, in 2000. What could be sweeter than achieving this milestone here?"

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): "Sincere congratulations to Audi on its 100th LMP victory and to our victorious drivers. Audi Sport Team Joest was involved in a whole string of this success. Today, we won a particularly hot and long race. Toyota presented themselves stronger than they had the day before in qualifying. That was a nice battle. Our car number 1 suffered a lot of misfortune today. After sustaining damage, the rear bodywork had to be changed and, apparently as a consequence of a flying excursion, a fuse came loose. Thus, more than third place wasn't possible."

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): "That was a perfect weekend for us. The battle with Toyota was great fun. A wonderful result on a fantastic race track in a beautiful city that we visited for the first time. Plus we extended our lead of the standings."

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): "I'm proud of the whole squad that mastered all the challenges. Winning on the Circuit of the Americas was fantastic. The 100th LMP victory by Audi is a nice tribute to the entire team, also at home in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. I'm proud to be part of this team. And, after the first victory in 2000, it's great to be on the winning team again on the 100th success."

Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): "The result is fantastic. Our car was outstanding straight from the start. The pace was right in the race and we were very consistent. Toyota fought a nice battle with us. The decision came only after the last stop. That makes the 100th sports car victory by Audi even sweeter. I'm proud of having achieved this milestone for Audi together with Tom and Loïc."

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): "At the beginning of the race, I battled with Toyota driver Sébastien Buemi and overtook him. Then I hit traffic while lapping and a GT race car bumped into me. My car lifted and landed hard. This resulted in consequential damage that set us back and thus we finished only in third place."

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): "Congratulations to car number 2 and to Audi on winning here in America. We had an absolutely fast car, but too much happened today. We've got to settle for third place. But in Japan we're going to attack again."

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): "Unfortunately, our race was off to a difficult start with the tussle and the consequences. We had a very fast car but were lacking racing fortune. Congratulations to Audi on winning with our sister car. Next time, we want to be better again."

Race results

1 Duval/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 187 laps
2 Buemi/Davidson/Sarrazin (Toyota) + 23.617s
3 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 1 lap
4 Beche/Heidfeld/Prost (Lola-Toyota) – 4 laps
5 Conway/Martin/Rusinov (Oreca-Nissan) – 9 laps
6 Kaffer/Perez Companc/Minassian (Oreca-Nissan) – 10 laps
7 Charouz/Holzer/Kraihamer (Lotus) – 13 laps
8 Graves/Junco/Walker (Oreca-Nissan) – 14 laps
9 Dyson/Kimber-Smith/Zugel (Zytek-Nissan) – 15 laps
10 Brundle/Heinemeier Hansson/Pla (Morgan-Nissan) – 15 laps

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      Armando Escobedo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I WAS THERE!! It's amazing how whisper quiet those Audi's are, you could hear the tires rolling and I was neat the back of the turn 1 stands!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad that this is the only time the Audis and the other LMP1s will be coming to the US now that the France family have seen fit to ruin what was the ALMS.
      • 1 Year Ago
      will the car is audi but this system was develop by williams with audi input, but it is a great powertrain.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Williams only designed the flywheel accumulator ...they did not even developed it...
        Soccer Mom
        • 1 Year Ago
        When did Williams development occur?
        • 1 Year Ago
        You don't have any idea what you're talking about....do you....
      Judah Richardson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does anyone else even show up, LOL?
      • 1 Year Ago
      of course Audi would win when there's only one competitor..Toyota..the rest just to make up the number...
        • 1 Year Ago
        You don't know much about WEC racing, do you.... Audi's had plenty of competition over the past 13 years. Nobody has been able to keep up with them, and has shuttered their WEC programs as a result. Do some research.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a huge fan but the competition in this class has been inconsistent from other manufacturers and privateers don't stand a chance. Audi should have a factory effort along the lines of Porsche, Chevrolet, etc.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Team Joest IS the Audi factory team. Their factory effort dwarfs that of Corvette. The reason the competition is inconsistent is because they cannot match the level of effort, engineering, technology and expertise brought to the WEC by Audi. Peugeot tried...and gave up. Toyota is trying, but can't beat them. Next year, VAG cousin Porsche will return and will likely be very competitive.
        • 1 Year Ago
        not really Audi´s fault that other teams don´t have the stamina to go the long way, Peugeot tried, Toyota tried, now VAG heats up the competition by its own ...sending Porsche into the "battle", I am pretty sure that ends up like last time VAG send Bentley into the game with a reworked Audi LMP1 race car with Audi engine just to change the name on the winner list... Sad that no ones really tries to race endurance anymore... much more fun to watch, better looking cars than F1
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