After attracting a crowd of over 25,000 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) CEO Gerard Neveu declared the Six Hours of Sao Paulo a “huge success”.

“I would like to thank Emerson Fittipaldi and the City of Sao Paulo for their hard work and dedication that has made the first running of the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo a huge success,” he said. “The event attracted a large crowd of 25,000 and they saw first hand what the ‘Spirit of Le Mans’ means with great entertainment available to everyone of them throughout the day.  We look forward to returning to Sao Paulo in 2013 on Saturday 31 August where the event will be even bigger and better.”

The event, the fifth round of the WEC brough the spirit of Le Mans, complete with the LMP1 giants Audi and Toyota, to the Interlagos circuit with the latter squad taking their first victory with their new endurance racing program, the TS030 Hybrid.

“I am very excited about the result of the race and I think the Brazilian public accepted the Le Mans cars and they made the FIA World Endurance Championship very welcome in Sao Paulo,” said Fittipaldi, the former F1 champion had promoted the event. “We had a great race and everybody at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo had an enjoyable day.  I have been receiving extremely positive comments, from people who have been racing for many, many years.”

“Everybody is very happy to see the WEC and I think we have a great future in Brazil.  We also launched a major road safety campaign this weekend in support of the FIAs Action for Road Safety.  When Minister, Aguinaldo Ribeiro, waved the green flag to start the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, he also waved the green flag to start the campaign whose main theme is Traffic Conscience – A pact for life.

The WEC continues with three further ‘fly-away’ races, starting with the Six Hours of Bahrain on September 29.