This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Benoit Treluyer returns to action at Silverstone this weekend, as he aims to enjoy more success for Audi alongside his team mates.
Alongside Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler, Treluyer played his part in making history at Le Mans earlier this year as Audi won for the first time with a hybrid car. In doing so, Treluyer became a member of the elite list of drivers who have won the historic race twice, and in consecutive years.
Since then, alongside some development work on the Audi, Treluyer has been enjoying some down time, but is itching to get back in the car again this weekend ahead of the Silverstone 6 hours.
“We did some preparation for the upcoming race by testing new components and looking to develop a few things on the car,” explained the Frenchman. “It was interesting work and I hope that we’ve made the improvements we were targeting.”
“I then spent some time relaxing in Provence with friends and family. I had my niece and nephew around for a month which is something I’ve not been able to do for 12 years, so that was very nice. I’ve also done some training to stay sharp so overall it’s been a positive break. Sometimes it’s good to take a little time away from racing as when you do get back behind the wheel again you have renewed motivation to perform.”
This weekend also marks Treluyer’s first ever visit to the Northamptonshire circuit, but feels prepared for the challenge that lies ahead.
“Though I’ve never driven at Silverstone I have been practicing on the home simulator that I got from my partners Ellip6,” revealed Tréluyer. “I’m putting in the laps on the new circuit and I’m starting to get to know it pretty well. So far I’ve been focussing on dry conditions but maybe, looking at how the British summer has turned out, I should get some running in the rain done too!”
“It will be great fun to compete with our sister Audi and the Toyota at Silverstone,” continued Tréluyer. “We know that over six hours the Toyota will be a serious threat, so it will be an interesting end to the season.”