Every automotive enthusiast is still feeling the shockwaves of the news of Audi’s decision to end their campaign in the world Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of 2016.
When this announcement was happening, Audi’s motorsport boss Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich stated: “After 18 years in prototype racing that were exceptionally successful for Audi, it’s obviously extremely hard to leave. Audi Sport Team Joest shaped the WEC during this period like no other team.”
Vindis, running 5 Audi dealerships across the UK, sorted out some memorable and super standout moments of Audi during the two decades:
Super standout feats covering Audi’s entire 18-year stint in the WEC
- Audi has never finished outside of the podium spots in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
- Audi has won 13 of the 18 24 Hours of Le Mans races that it has competed in.
- Audi has achieved 106 wins and 80 pole positions from 185 starts in the World Endurance Championship.
1999 Super moments
- Partnership between Audi and Joest Racing is established.
- Using an Audi R8R, Audi and Joest Racing achieve a podium finish in their competition debut at the 12-hour race in Sebring.
- Audi again reach the podium with a third-place finish in the debut at Le Mans.
2000 Super moments
- The Audi R8 makes a winning debut at the 12-hour race in Sebring.
- Audi Sport Team Joest achieve a one-two-three finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
- Audi Sport Team Joest dominate the American Le Mans Series, with Allan McNish clinching the Drivers’ Championship, Audi winning the Manufacturers’ Championship and Joest picking up the Teams’ Championship that year.
2001 Super moments
- Using two varieties of the Audi R8 prototype, Audi Sport Team Joest achieve a one-two finish at the Le Mans race.
- Audi and Joest Racing again dominate the American Le Mans Series, with the Drivers’ Championship, Manufacturers’ Championship and Teams’ Championship all successfully defended.
2002 Super moments
- Audi and Joest Racing celebrate a one-two-three finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
- Audi and Joest Racing becomes the first team to win the Le Mans for three consecutive seasons while using the same three drivers.
- Audi and Joest Racing achieve another clean sweep in the American Le Mans Series, with the Drivers’ Championship, Manufacturers’ Championship Teams’ Championship again defended successfully.
2003 Super moments
- Although Audi concentrated its entire resources on the development of a new DTM car in 2003 so that it is ready for use in 2004, Audi Sport North America supported Joest Racing as they competed as a customer team in the 2003 American Le Mans Series. The support was well placed, with Joest Racing again winning the Teams’ Championship.
2004 Super moments
- Audi wins the Manufacturers’ Championship at the 2004 DTM.
2005 Super moments
- Audi Sport Team Joest was the best team in DTM which competed with cars from the previous year, with four 2004-spec cars used.
2006 Super moments
- Audi Sport Team Joest achieves history by winning the 2006 24 Hours of Le