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Audi have been at the Paul Ricard test track at Le Castellet this week putting in the distance prior to Spa and Le Mans rounds of the World Endurance Championship.

Audi Sport Team Joest traditionally runs a major endurance test at the high-speed track in southern France to prepare for the loads acting on the cars at Le Mans.

This year’s R18 e-tron quattro was fitted with the full low-drag specification aero kit designed for the high average speeds of more than 240 km/h per lap at Le Mans.

All nine Audi LMP race drivers; Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer, Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, Oliver Jarvis, Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and René Rast, plus reserve driver Mike Rockenfeller, shared driving duties, reeling off a total of more than 6,500 test kilometers from Monday to Thursday.

“Having checked off every item on our list, plus impeccably performing a 30-hour endurance run, we achieved our aims,” says Chris Reinke, Head of LMP at Audi Sport. “In addition, our drivers were able to gather a lot of driving experience at the wheel of the latest version of our race car. It’s been a successful test.”