Audi achieved its sixth podium of the 2014 World Endurace Championship season at Sao Paulo this weekend, making for a successful end to a strong season from the four rings. Audi’s WEC season ended with the brand in second place of the manufacturer standings and its drivers Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer in second place in the driver’s championship.
The highlight of the race in Sao Paulo for Audi was departing driver of the No. 1 Audi R8 e-tron Quattro Tom Kristensen’s third place finish. The Danish driver, who announced he would retire from racing before the Sao Paulo event, passed the No. 7 Toyota prototype in the final stage of the race for a third place finish. The long-time Audi factory driver, who has 138 GT, Sport and touring car starts under his belt with Audi, was recognized with warm messages from all WEC teams following the end of race.
Audi’s No. 2 car also nearly clinched a podium finish, despite experiencing problems towards the start of the race. During the first lap, Tréluyer brought the car in for a systems reset after it was acting up. This caused him to drop to the back of the field, however just 30 minutes later the Frenchman was back battling for position in sixth. It wasn’t enough to crack the top three, with Lotterer piloting the car to a solid fifth-place finish.
The end of the 2014 WEC season marks Audi’s third full year of racing in the league. It’s competed in 24 races since 2012, locking down a total of 13 victories. It also has two WEC driver’s and manufacturer’s World Championship titles under its belt and 13 total wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the last of which was earned this year.