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Audi Bring Together Endurance Winners From Golden Season

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Celebrating an unprecedented season of success in endurance racing Audi have brought together the five winning cars from five of the world’s major endurance races.

Audi’s representative on GT racing grids – the Audi R8 LMS – claimed four titles, starting the year off with overall victory in the Bathurst 12 Hours for drivers Christer Jöns, Christopher Mies and Darryl O’Young.

A first victory for the marque at the Nurburgring 24 Hours followed in May for Marc Basseng, Christopher Haase, Frank Stippler, Markus Winkelhock and the Team Phoenix R8 LMS ultra, the car but not the team ensuring a second consecutive success at the Total 24 Hours of Spa, braving torrential summer rains in the Ardennes Forest.

Another successful defence of a 2011 title concluded the year, with victory in the 24 Hours of Zolder.

Of course, centre stage in Audi’s successes this season was the first win for a hybrid drive car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler taking a second consecutive victory at the famous race, taking the Audi R18 e-tron quattro into history and taking the total number of racing kilometres completed by Audi’s victorious endurance racers to 17,768.

In a season when the new hybrid car did not suffer a single retirement the trio also won the FIA World Endurance Championship title with further wins at Silverstone and in Bahrain, the team finishing the season running pair of the cars in the final rounds of the season.

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