Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Audi Sport Team Joest arrives at Spa - New long-tail included

By Johan Laubscher

Round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be at Spa this weekend. A lot is expected from this event, as it will be the first joint appearance of Audi and Toyota’s 2013 specification race cars.

Audi will be fielding three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars in the event which has become their annual dress rehearsal for Le Mans. The #1 and #2 Audis will be in the normal 2013 sprint specification and car #3 will be in the new Le Mans bodywork specification, aptly named the “long-tail” version. The long-tail was seen testing at Monza last week and Audi Sport officially revealed the car in a pre-Spa event press release, which can be read HERE.

Toyota will also be fielding a new cars this weekend. Their two-car team will consist of one new 2013 car (car #7) and one of the older cars which competed at Silverstone. This should offer an initial comparison between Audi and Toyota ahead of the Le Mans 24 hours next month. 

The Audi team has already arrived at Spa and are set up and preparing for the six hour event this weekend. These great photos come from Mr Dirk Theisges, who was on site whilst the Audis were being unloaded. They offer the first glimpse of the new long-tail at Spa.

The Six Hours of Spa should be another great event, and another showdown between Audi and Toyota. 

Photo credit: Mr Dirk Theisges