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Photo : CLEMENT MARIN - DPPI
Photo : CLEMENT MARIN – DPPI

AUDI CLAIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IN SHORTENED 6 HOURS OF FUJI—

Torrential rain at Fuji International Speedway today unfortunately prevented the FIA World Endurance Championship’s competitors from putting on the fantastic show of racing they had planned for the 23,700 passionate Japanese fans present for the 6 Hours of Fuji.

The race was stopped after 3 hours and 46 minutes due to worsening weather conditions and deteriorating light, and the No.7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid of Kazuki Nakajima, Nicolas Lapierre and Alexander Wurz was declared the overall winner.  Half points were awarded to all drivers.

Second place for the No.2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Tom Kristensen, Loïc Duval and Allan McNish was enough to seal the FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship for Audi, although the Drivers’ title has yet to be decided. 

Only 16 laps of racing were completed – all behind the Safety Car – and the race was suspended twice by the Race Director for safety reasons.  The No.8 Toyota of Davidson-Buemi-Sarrazin and the No.1 Audi R18 of reigning World Champions Lotterer-Tréluyer-Fässler both suffered from problems during the race.  The Toyota started from the pit lane after missing the pit exit closure time, and the Audi had to make three unscheduled pit stops to deal with debris in the air intake system but still finished on the lead lap, albeit in 26th place.

The No.12 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Privateer entry of Mathias Beche and Andrea Belicchi filled the third place on the overall podium, the Lola-Toyota finishing just ahead of the LMP2 class winner – the No.35 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan of Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Gonzalez and Martin Plowman.  The 24 Hours of Le Mans winners headed the No.26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 03 Nissan of Rusinov-Martin-Conway and the Japanese-entered No.27 Gainer International Zytek Z11SN Nissan of Hiranaka-Ueda-Wirdheim.  Delta-ADR, Lotus Praga, OAK Racing’s other two entries, KCMG and Pecom Racing all completed the race without issues.

Over 41,000 fans visited Fuji International Speedway over the weekend of the FIA WEC’s visit, and the Championship organisers, teams and drivers’ thoughts were all for those after the shortened race today. 

Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC said, “Today’s 6 Hours of Fuji was not the race we wanted to put on for the thousands of Japanese fans who travelled to see the FIA World Endurance Championship.  However the sporting officials took the right decisions with regards to the race in the interests of safety for our drivers and teams, which is always of primary importance. 

“We acknowledge that this situation is still a huge disappoint for the fans and we would like to personally thank everyone who stayed in the pouring rain until the final decision to stop the race was taken.  As a token of our gratitude we opened the pit lane at the end of the event, so the drivers could also show their appreciation.  We look forward to coming back again to Japan in 2014 and we hope that the fans will re-join us on the 5th October next year.”

WEC

LE MANS STYLE RACING FOR 2012 SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE IN SHANGHAI
Today saw the first sports car endurance race at Shanghai International Circuit come to a close after a successful day of challenging racing. Conditions were ideal, with temperatures in the mid-twenties and sun cutting through the early morning fog for the start of the race at 11:00 local time. As the 8th and final round in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Shanghai marked the end of a season and saw the attribution of race and World Champion titles in all categories.Among the honours bestowed today in Shanghai was the 2012 sports car Driver’s World Championship, going to Marcel Fässler (CHE), Benoit Tréluyer (FRA) and André Lotterer (DEU), LM P1 drivers of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro. “We had a good season all the way through, so we came here with some extra points,” explained Lotterer. “Of course we wanted to go for the victory and try to beat Toyota in the race, but that was not an option today so I was just careful to drive the car home. We have a good partnership and it is fantastic to have this as a reward for the first world championship.”

Today’s 6 Hours of Shanghai race winner was the #7 Toyota hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz (AUT) and Nicolas Lapierre (FRA). Although not eligible for the overall championship, as Toyota launched its endurance campaign almost halfway through the WEC season, the manufacturer performed remarkably well, having won three out of six races over the season. “There is no such thing as an easy race but I have to say that we had a very good weekend,” said Lapierre. “We have been very fast and the car was great on this track.”

“Of course we want to win the world championship and we want to win Les 24 Heures du Mans,” added Wurz, “just like the Audi guys do, so I am sure the manufacturers will build up a war over the winter and I am looking forward to that. We have shown that we are on it and that we can give it our all- it was the perfect race.”

2012 FIA ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONS

Driver Award: Marcel Fässler (CHE), Benoit Tréluyer (FRA) and André Lotterer (DEU)
LM P1 Manufacturer Award: Audi (DEU)
LM GTE Manufacturer Award: Ferrari (ITA)
Private LM P1 Team Award: Rebellion Racing (CHE)
LM P2 Team Award: Starworks Motorsports (USA)
LM GTE Pro Team Award: AF Corse (ITA)
LM GTE Am Team Award: Larbre Competition (FRA)

6 HOURS OF SHANGHAI RACE CLASSIFICATION

LM P1 Race Winner:
7; TOYOTA RACING; JPN; Toyota TS030 Hybrid; Alexander Wurz (AUT) – Nicolas Lapierre (FRA)

LM P2 Race Winner:
25; ADR-DELTA; FRA; Oreca 03 – Nissan; John Martin (AUS) – Tor Graves (GBR) – Mathias Beche (FRA)

LM GTE Pro Winner:
97; ASTON MARTIN RACING; GBR; Aston Martin Vantage V8; Stefan Mücke (DEU) – Darren Turner (GBR)

LM GTE Am Winner:
50: LARBRE COMPETITION; FRA; Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1: Patrick Bomhauser (FRA) – Julien Canal (FRA) – Pedro Lamy (PRT)

The 6 Hours of Shanghai is the grand finale in the newly established FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), an international series launched in 2012 that comprises eight races run on three continents. Inspired by its cornerstone race, Les 24 Heures du Mans, this series represents the highest global level of modern endurance racing. Rolex is proud to support this groundbreaking international trial of team precision, passion and stamina.

2013 FIA WEC SEASON ON THE CALENDAR

A provisional calendar for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has been announced with the intent of bringing Le Mans-type racing and endurance values to audiences and participants around the globe.

Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC, stated that the current economic situation put extra emphasis on attempting to curb costs, particularly when it came to transporting the participating cars around the globe. “This calendar allows us to send the cars by sea freight rather than by air as many times as possible,” said Neveu, “which will help drive down the costs for everyone involved in the FIA WEC.  This is very important for the long term future of the championship and I’m confident that this calendar will allows us to attract more teams and more drivers to the World Endurance Championship next season.”

The 2013 championship is slated to include eight races in eight different countries, with the full season set to run from April – November 2013. The series, which will travel over three continents and which is centred around Les 24 Heures du Mans, will return to the same countries scheduled in the 2012 season. The only change of venue is a move from Sebring to Austin, Texas, which will host a super endurance race weekend with a race for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) on Saturday and a WEC race on Sunday. “We are pleased to announce the 2013 FIA WEC calendar which will allow us to build on the strong foundation we have laid this season,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO. “Les 24 Heures du Mans will of course remain the cornerstone of the 2013 calendar, while Austin will represent new venues.”

2013 PROVISIONAL FIA WEC CALENDAR

14 April: 6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR) Round 1
04 May: 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) Round 2
22-23 June: 24 Heures du Mans (FRA) Round 3
24 August: 6 Hours of Sao Paulo (BRA) Round 4
22 September: 6 Hours of Austin (USA)* Round 5
20 October: 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN) Round 6
10 November: 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)* Round 7
30 November: 6 Hours of Bahrain (BAH) Round 8

Photo By: Rolex / Stephan Cooper