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Although Audi will be starting from positions three and five in round eight of the FIA World #endurance Championship (WEC) at #shanghai the brand with the four rings, having set five fastest times to date, has remained the best manufacturer in qualifying this year.
A string has broken. Following four consecutive pole positions, Audi, at #shanghai, had to admit defeat in the battle for the top spots on the grid for the first time since June. However, performance alone was not the crucial factor, lack of fortune having played a part in the outcome as well. “Loïc Duval was forced to overtake a rival in an unfavorable section which cost him valuable time,” said Head of #audimotorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “That’s why we’re a little disappointed. It’s positive that both driver squads are happy with the balance of their race cars. This is the thing that will matter tomorrow.”
On his best lap, Oliver Jarvis was only lacking 113 thousandths of a second from the fastest time in the field. “Position one would have been possible today if Loïc had caught a clear lap,” said the Briton. “That I got into the car again at the end and set a better time than at the beginning, was the right decision because every tenth matters here.” In spite of his lack of fortune, Loïc Duval assessed the session positively: “Obviously, it was a shame that I was slowed by a car in front of me, but we know that our car is good and that quite a bit should be possible in the race.” In the aggregated average, the number 8 Audi R18 trailed the best time in qualifying by 148 thousandths.
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