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Audi Has Two New R18 TDIs Ready for Imola

Money seems to be no object for Audi, and neither is time, because the cars that were so badly damaged at Le Mans have been replaced by two new ones, ready for their debut at the fourth round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in Italy.

"We’re arriving at Imola as the Le Mans winner and want to make a good showing there too. It’ll be an intensive weekend for Audi Sport since the DTM race at the Norisring will be held on the same weekend as well. Naturally, it would be great to win both races on the same day. We’ve built up two new cars for Imola and will be driving with an aerodynamics variant designed for higher downforce for the first time. I’m very eager to see where we’ll stand with that compared to the competition because our friends from Peugeot will do everything to take revenge for the defeat at Le Mans," said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich ,Head of Audi Motorsport.

In addition to putting the cars together, Audi Sport Team Joest had to work on an aerodynamics package designed for higher downforce that will be used for the first time at Imola was tested in the week after the Lausitzring DTM race.

Audi Sport Team Joest will travel to Italy as the leader of the team standings. In the manufacturers classification Audi is ranking 34 points behind Peugeot in second place.

"Imola is new territory for us. I’ve never had a race there before. Our competitor Peugeot will no doubt leave no stone unturned to make up for the defeat at Le Mans. Before the event we had a lot of work because we had to build up two new cars. The ILMC has a manufacturers and a team classification. In the team classification Audi Sport Team Joest has a narrow lead but the classification for the manufacturers is more important. We’ve got to collect a lot of points in order to clinh the title at the end of the season,”
said Ralf Juttner, Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest.
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