Audi takes 100th sportscar victory at the Circuit of the Americas
Audi drivers Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval combined to take the German manufacturer’s 100th Le Mans-style sportscar victory at the Circuit of The Americas today.
Having begun their winning streak at Sebring in 2000, it was fitting that Audi also collected its 100th win in the USA. The victory by the Scottish/Danish/French combination was their third of the season and gave the trio and a 33 point lead over their Audi teammates André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler who finished third today.
The Toyota Hybrid of Anthony Davidson, Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi challenged the Audis throughout to take second in today’s round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“It’s a fantastic victory for our car,” said McNish. “Our Audi was great from the start of the race and we had the pace and consistency throughout but Toyota took the fight to us.
“We changed our car’s tyres at all but our final ‘splash and dash’ pit-stop unlike the Toyota which double “stinted” its tyres,” continued McNish who drove an opening 45mins single stint after Duval’s start before a 75mins run to the chequered flag. “We were forced to push all the way to the end which makes achieving Audi’s 100th sportscar victory even more sweet and I am very proud to be able with Tom and Loïc to put another little piece of Audi history together.”
Other class winners today included the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca-Nissan (Roman Rusinov / John Martin / Mike Conway) in LMP2, Fred Makowiecki and Bruno Senna were dominant in the No.99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 in LMGTE Pro and Aston also won in LMGTE Am with Stuart Hall and Jamie Campbell-Walter.