Audi Sport’s No. 7 Audi R18 will continue with just two drivers at this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Mexico City, with Benoit Treluyer still sidelined following a bicycle accident.
Treluyer sat out the series’ most recent round at the Nürburgring but was expected to compete this weekend alongside usual teammates Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler.
But after participating in first practice and determining he wasn’t up to full fitness, he’s now been ruled out. It’s the second manufacturer car in LMP1 to only have two drivers for the weekend, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Anthony Davidson also having been ruled been out of action as well.
“That was a good opportunity to get used to the car again,” Treluyer said after running in first practice.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich added: “In the race though, Benoît needs to be absolutely fit. In agreement with our team physician, we have decided to give Ben more time to recover and to build up his fitness again in order to be one hundred percent fit for the 6-hour race in Austin in two weeks’ time.”
Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.
Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.
The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.
Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.
Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.