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    June 16, 2012

    Source: Audi Motorsport

    · Premiere of the new Audi SQ5 at Le Mans
    · Audi presents new model at 24-hour race
    · International guests at Le Mans
    · Awards for Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoit Tréluyer

    Ingolstadt- Audi presented a new flagship model with a diesel
    engine on the fringes of the world’s most important endurance race.

    World premiere with race driver: Audi used the Le Mans 24 Hours to present the

    latest top-of-the-line model of the recently updated Q5 model range. The threetime

    Le Mans winner Marco Werner was involved in the presentation of the new Audi

    SQ5 TDI. Werner, who in 2006 together with Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro was the

    first diesel winner at Le Mans, was thrilled by the new car. The 3.0 V6 TDI engine

    delivers an output of 230 kW (313 HP) and develops 650 Nm of torque although the

    vehicle only has an average fuel consumption of 7.2 liters.

    Downtown debut: For the first time, Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît
    Tréluyer saw their own handprints in the center of the city of Le Mans. The three

    Audi factory drivers won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time a year ago. On

    Tuesday, they took a look at the plaque with their handprints in the presence of

    Mayor Jean-Claude Boulard.

    International line-up: Audi welcomed numerous guests from the world of sport and

    show business at Le Mans. They included Vicki Chandhok, President of the

    Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, the former Le Mans winners Derek Bell,
    Jochen Mass and Richard Attwood, the former World Rally Champion Hannu
    Mikkola, skiing pros Kjetiel Jansrud, Andrea Limbacher, Andy Matt, Anna Wörner

    and Adrien Théaux, violinist Vanessa Mae, R&B vocalist Beverley Knight, comedian
    Django Asül as well as actors Thomas Heinze, Tobias Moretti and Gul Panag.
    Communications Motorsport

    High-caliber book presentation: “X” is the title of a biography about Le Mans legend
    Jacky Ickx. The Belgian won the Le Mans 24 Hours six times. At the Audi Racing

    Arena at Le Mans, Ickx presented the limited edition of the large-size work and

    handed a copy over to Audi factory driver Tom Kristensen. Both combined have 14

    victories at the endurance classic under their belt.

    In father’s footsteps: Cristoforo Pirro, the son of former Audi factory driver

    Emanuele Pirro, is currently at home in Ingolstadt. The 19-year-old is a student of

    mechanical engineering at the Nottingham University in England and currently

    completing an internship in AUDI AG’s Technical Development.

    Nice prizes: Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer were pleased to

    receive three nice prizes. Audi’s partner Michelin honored the 2011 Le Mans winners

    with three gifts on Tuesday. Fässler chose a bicycle from Scott while his two teammates

    opted for KTM electric motorcycles.

    Pit lane guest: Audi’s visitors at the Le Mans 24 Hours also included Emerson
    Fittipaldi. The two-time Formula One World Champion from Brazil took a look at the

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro in Audi’s garage.

    Clear identity: The 22 official cars which the ACO relies on at the Le Mans 24 Hours

    in 2012 are again provided by Audi. Two Audi R8 V10, four RS 5, five Audi S6 Avant,

    five Audi Q5 and six Audi Q7 are available to the race directors and the rescue teams.

    An Audi A1 quattro led the field on the formation lap.

    Commitment to the brand: The Audi Sport Camp met with strong response again at

    Le Mans this year. 600 employees who privately traveled to the 24-hour race kept

    their fingers crossed for the brand on location.

    Loyal supporters: The Audi brand is keeping a huge fan community spellbound at Le

    Mans and Audi Sport Team Joest has particularly loyal fans as well. A group from

    Laichingen in the Alb-Donau County in southern Germany that has been traveling to

    Le Mans for many years handed over several gifts to team boss Reinhold Joest on

    Thursday. The champagne and beer bottles were individually decorated with team

    photos and labeled for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours.

    Happy birthday: Loïc Duval celebrated his 30th birthday on Tuesday during the Le

    Mans week and Dindo Capello was 48 on race Sunday.

    Close to the wind: Audi factory driver Edoardo Mortara is catching a whiff of sailing

    air this weekend. The winner at the Red Bull Ring will be a guest at the Kieler Woche

    next Friday.

    Visit from the DTM: Five members of Audi’s DTM team came to visit their brand at

    the Le Mans 24 Hours. Team director Arno Zensen and team manager Kimmo
    Liimatainen from Audi Sport Team Rosberg, team director Ernst Moser and team

    manager Dirk Theimann from Audi Sport Team Phoenix plus Audi factory driver
    Miguel Molina would not miss the race.
    A word from … Miguel Molina
    You reeled off DTM tests at the Lausitzring in the first half of the week and then
    traveled to Le Mans. How did your week start?

    “For three days, we tested the Audi A5 DTM at the Lausitzring. We made positive

    progress as everyone is helping to continue to develop the car. I then traveled to Le

    Mans where I was at the track for the first time on Saturday.”
    This is the first time in your life at Le Mans. What are your impressions so far?

    “Ever since I’ve been driving for Audi my wish has been to have the chance of

    experiencing the Le Mans 24 Hours. Now I’m here for the first time. This is pretty

    impressive. I’m floating through the paddock as if I was on a cloud. But I’m not here

    only privately but am spontaneously working a bit as well. Audi Spain has brought

    numerous guests along who have a strong interest in motorsport. Marc Gené and

    I’ve been pleased to answer all their questions.”
    Your weeks are filled with a lot of variety at the moment. Do you get to take a
    break now and then too?

    “I’ve got a nice program and I’m delighted about that. A few weeks ago I was driving

    the Audi R8 LMS for our partner Red Bull together with Carlos Sainz through the

    steep turns of the old Sitges-Terramar track. That reached a large audience and I’m

    still answering a lot of questions about it. Then we’ve got our test and race program

    in the DTM. And it’s been fun experiencing Audi’s WEC program at Le Mans for a

    change. The two weeks before the Norisring I’ll be spending at home in Lloret de

    Coming up next week

    Jun 23 Nürburgring (D), round 4, Endurance Championship

    Jun 23 Elkhart Lake (USA), round 7, GRAND-AM

    Jun 23 Brands Hatch (GB), round 4, British GT Championship

    Jun 24 Winton (AUS), round 3, Australian GT Championship

    Jun 24 Val de Vienne (F), round 3, French GT Championship

    Jun 24 São Paulo (BR), round 3, Brazilian GT Championship


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