WEC back in track on Brazil

August 26, 2013

WEC back in track on Brazil

August 26, 2013

_RD43257While the stars and cars of the American Le Mans Series will be doing battle on the streets of Baltimore, the World Endurance Championship will be in action in Brazil at Interlagos this weekend – the home of the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Audi will continue to run two cars while rivals Toyota – who won here last year – will just have a single entry.

Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB), following their Le Mans victory – Audi’s twelfth one in total – are traveling to South America with a 30-point advantage. Their team-mates – the reigning World Endurance Champions Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) – are the runners-up in the standings.

“The track at Interlagos, in a way, is a classical autodrome that has changed into a modern circuit,” Kristensen said.

“Last year, our team boss Reinhold Joest showed us what the track configuration was like when he was still racing himself.

“As drivers, we like the track a lot. It’s got everything: fast and slow turns, blind corners, downhill sections and sections that go uphill – peppered with many braking zones. It’ll be a big challenge in front of a crowd that’s incredibly enthusiastic.”

jeannette_h&s_portraitFormer ALMS LMPC class champion Gunnar Jeannette will be on track in the P2 class in Brazil for Greaves Motorsport. Jeannette has shared a GT class Ferrari for Ram Racing with Frankie Montecalvo in the European Le Mans Series with a string of podiums in 2013.

Jeannette will drive with former Jaguar Formula 1 test driver Bjorn Wirdheim and Christian Zugel in Brazil.

The call-up by Greaves is a great comeback by the American who has now “retired” from Skydiving after suffering a broken leg during a jump in June.

The next round of the World Endurance Championship will be a double-header with the American Le Mans Series at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas next month.

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