Audi R18 TDI finished the 6-hour race at Zhuhai in third place

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 15, 2011

Audi Sport Team Joest had a podium finish at the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), with the Le Mans winning Audi R18 TDI at the season finale in China. Marcel Fässler and Timo Bernhard finished the six-hour race in third place. Meanwhile, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, who are in the "sister car," had to retire because of a collision in which they were not at fault.

Just like the cases this year, Audi Sport Team Joest ran out of luck at Zhuhai after the Audi R18 TDI vehicles had been setting the pace at the start of the race. During lap one, Timo Bernhard and Allan McNish were able to overtake one of the two Peugeots, taking the positions of second and third.

On lap 18, the two Audi drivers also outperformed Sébastien Bourdais' Peugeot, which was leading until that point. However, the Audi squad was not able to keep the one-two lead for very long. Allan McNish lost a lap early on when on the first refueling stop, the Audi R18 TDI's rear bodywork had to be changed due to a contact with a GT vehicle in which he had not been at fault.

Even more serious consequences were caused by the fault of a rival in the LMP1 class who made a braking mistake in front of Turn 1 and slid into the back of the Audi, which was running in front of him, severing a cable harness. The resulting short circuit led to irreparable damage to the R18 TDI's onboard electronics. After several unscheduled pit stops, Audi Sport Team Joest took the vehicle out of the race after three hours and 46 minutes.

Topics: audi r18, tdi, race car

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