Tom Kristensen Press Release
15 weeks after the Le Mans 24 Hours, the round in America marks the beginning of the overseas season in the WEC.
At Austin, Audi is returning to the short-tail body version with high downforce that had been used at the beginning of the season but not on the high-speed track at Le Mans. The sweeping corners of the roller-coaster track in the south of Texas featuring 20 directional changes were the scene of a thrilling exchange a year ago. After a distance of 1,031 kilometers and six hours of driving time, the victorious Audi was separated by only 23.6 seconds from its closest rival.
A year ago, Tom Kristensen won together with Loïc Duval and their former team-mate Allan McNish. Lucas di Grassi, a new member of the team since this season in car number 1, is the only Audi driver who has previously not been on the grid at Austin.
"We're returning to Austin with great memories. A year ago, we drove for the first time on this new, absolutely fascinating track. In a sporting sense the race was a nice success as well, because we won and thus laid the foundation for our title win. With our good performance at Le Mans, we're now set on battling for victory. We're very happy that Loïc Duval is FIT again," says Tom Kristensen.