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Audi honoured13– Audi at gala events of the FIA and WEC in Paris
– Tom Kristensen to join Executive Committee of FIA Institute

Audi and its factory drivers Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were honoured for their World Championship titles last week.

World Champions honoured at FIA gala
The FIA honoured the title winners of the FIA racing series in Paris on Friday night. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich accepted the trophy for the successful title defence of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Audi factory drivers Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were honoured as driver World Champions. All three attended the gala evening at Luc Besson’s ‘Cité du Cinéma’ together with their partners – Allan McNish appropriately clad in a Scottish kilt. The runners-up in the World Championship, Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, represented Audi at the FIA ceremony held in honour of the winners as well. “Our whole squad achieved everything early this year that was to be achieved,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “After the success at Le Mans we won both WEC titles and made a very good showing in all the races. We can be very pleased with this season.” Allan McNish was happy too: “Even in karting I battled for a World Championship. I then drove in the Formula 1 World Championship but didn’t have a real chance. Now, in my third motorsport discipline with the sports cars, the World Championship title worked out.” Loïc Duval won the title right away: “This was my first full motorsport season with Audi. The Championship win in a season in which we also won Le Mans is an overwhelming feeling.” Tom Kristensen summed up the season in these words: “After finishing a World Championship in karting as the runner-up I’ve now won a World Championship with Audi. In doing so, we defeated last year’s World Champions. Loïc, Allan and Audi Sport Team Joest were brilliant.”

The WEC congratulates its winners
For Audi’s World Champions, a week full of honours is ending. Following the awards presented by the BRDC last Monday and the FIA on Friday, Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, together with Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, were guests at an evening event hosted by the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on Saturday. The three Audi factory drivers won the drivers’ title early this year while Audi decided the manufacturers’ classification in its favour for the second time in succession.

Awards for Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish

Audi’s three WEC World Champions received several awards at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Monday. Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were presented with the Silverstone Le Mans Challenge trophy of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) for the best combined performances in the Silverstone 6 Hours and the Le Mans 24 Hours. In addition to that, the BRDC honoured Allan McNish as the highest-placed British driver at Le Mans with the 2013 ACO Award. Tom Kristensen was awarded the Innes Ireland Trophy as the driver who best displayed the qualities of courage and sportsmanship epitomised by the late Innes Ireland. The nine-time Le Mans winner Kristensen received this award for his grace and professionalism in dealing with the loss of his fellow Dane Allan Simonsen.

Tom Kristensen to join Executive Committee of FIA Institute

Tom Kristensen was elected to a leadership role on Thursday. The FIA General Assembly elected the Audi factory driver as a member of the Executive Committee of the FIA Institute. The committee plays a crucial part in determining the orientation, strategy and future projects of the institute. Safety and sustainability – including a climate protection project – are two key topics pursued by the institute.

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