Audi Sport Team Joest driver Benoît Tréluyer says he is still unsure what the cause of his crash during the Six Hours of Silverstone was, although the Frenchman says he is sorry for the damage it caused.
On lap 94 of the six hour race whilst chasing down the #20 Porsche at Copse, the #2 Audi smashed into the Armco after what seems like a driver error, although Tréluyer doesn’t think that’s 100% the cause of the crash.
“I made a mistake but we’re going to carefully examine the data. Track conditions were tricky during my stint, although they were far worse for André (Lotterer).
“When you see the video, it’s clear that I was riding the kerb identically to every lap beforehand, which wasn’t affecting the balance whatsoever, so I’m unsure of the cause. I’m not trying to shy away from taking responsibility, but this is a bizarre accident. There’s a high probability that it’s completely my fault, although we need to analyse every aspect to be sure.”
Despite heroic efforts to get back to the pits, in which he ripped the front end off to make the car semi-drivable, the #2 was forced to retire in the gravel due to suspension and monocoque damage.
“I really appreciated all the messages I received over Twitter, but I was only doing my job,” he admitted. “I did everything possible, but in the end I had to accept the situation. It was extremely difficult to retire because I badly wanted to finish the race. When I realised the car could go no further, I reluctantly threw in the towel. The support from the fans feels amazing, especially during difficult moments like these. It’s a massive boost, not only for myself but also for the entire Audi Sport team.
“I am sincerely sorry for the team because our pace and performance was encouraging. The three LMP1 manufacturers have done an amazing job. We’ve all opted to pursue different technical and design concepts, yet monopolised the first three grid positions, so there’s a lot of promise for this year’s championship.
“The start proved genuinely exciting, although the tricky weather conditions weren’t favourable as everyone is still acclimatising to the new regulations, so we aren’t 100% up to speed yet.”
The next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship is the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 3.