Audi are taking part in an endurance race based in Japan for the first time. Audi have won a total of 5 races so far this season in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Fuji Circuit in Tokyo is a very challenging circuit. Japan could be the place where the title is decided. The Le Mans winning team of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer managed to gain a total of 13.5 points for the season, edging out rivals Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish by 6 points in Bahrain. It is unlikely however that the title will be decided in Japan given that there are still 52 points to play for.
Audi’s drivers face a different type of challenge in Japan compared to the heat of Bahrain. There is expected to be much lower temperature of the 35 degrees experiences near Sakhir Desert with rain too. Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer will have the upper hand at the Fuji circuit many experts believe. Lotterer dedicated his career path to Japan back in 2003. Treluyer has been in the Far East for most of his racing career. Kristensen and McNish have also been to Japan and had experience of the racing circuit. Marcel Fassler is the only driver not to have gone.
The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro will be put to the test in a different type of race and atmosphere. After enduring the heat at the Bahrain race, many are interest to see how the hybrid sports car fares near the mountains of Fuji. The car has managed to achieve three victories already this season, a remarkable feat and a testament to how excellent the car’s engineering is.
Toyota is a race car brand which has had great success in the World Endurance Championship in their home country. They are set to rival Audi in Japan, who will test themselves for the first time in the country but do have plenty of fans.
Eurosport will show the final 90 minutes of race this Sunday. Audi are offering live streaming of the event at www. Audi-liveracing.com. The race will be online for six hours, offering plenty of different angles and perspectives of the event. Smartphone users will be able to use iPhone and Android apps to watch the race. Audi’s WEC attempts in Japan will be updated on both Facebook and Twitter.