Some things you may not know about the 2013 WEC Drivers' Champions!
At the close of the 6 Hours of Shanghai in China last weekend, the drivers of the No.2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish - claimed the FIA World Endurance Drivers' Championship. Audi Sport has compiled a fascinating list of facts about our newest World Champions! So, did you know...
...Loïc Duval and his wife Gaëlle, whom he married in September, and son Hugo recently moved to Geneva?
... the Audi factory driver, together with French Soccer World Champions Bicente Lizarazu and Christian Karembeu, played in a charity soccer match in October?
... Tom Kristensen has been having the names of his children, Oliver Victor, Carla Malou and Oswald William, painted on the sides of his helmet since 2007? The back of the helmet shows the word ‘Videre,’ a Danish expression that means ‘carry on,’ which his father Carl Erik often used?
... Allan McNish, since the beginnings of his racing career in karting in 1981, has been wearing helmets with the Scottish Hunting MacInnes Tartan on them?
... Allan McNish’s motto is: “Always go flat out?”
... and his favourite track is Suzuka?
... with this WEC title, all three drivers have won a World Championship for the first time in their careers?
... the trio has clinched a 10th World Championship title for Audi? These include the 1982 and 1984 Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship, the 1983 and 1984 drivers’ World Rally Championship, the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles in the 1995 FIA Touring Car World Cup and the same in the 2012 and now 2013 WEC.
... Allan McNish is the first ever Scottish World Endurance Champion and the first British World (Sports Prototype) Endurance Champion since Derek Warwick 21 years ago?
... Allan McNish is the first Scottish driver since Colin McRae in 1995 to have won a car racing World Championship?
... Tom Kristensen was part of the driver line up in the winning car on Audi’s debut sports car success in March 2000 at the Sebring 12 Hours as well as at COTA in 2013 when the German marque claimed its 100th LMP triumph?
...Allan McNish likes Japanese food best, Tom Kristensen likes Thai, Italian and Sushi dishes and Loïc Duval prefers Italian cuisine?
... this year’s success at Le Mans marked the ninth victory for Tom Kristensen, the third for Allan McNish and the first for Loïc Duval in the legendary 24-hour race? Ten of these 13 collective victories have been celebrated with Audi.
... Kyle Wilson-Clarke, the British race engineer of the trio, achieved his first Le Mans victory and his first WEC title this year?
... Loïc Duval has been driving for Audi for two years whereas Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish both competed under the symbol of the four rings for the first time in 2000? Kristensen is now driving for the squad from Germany for the 14th consecutive year. McNish drove in Formula 1 between 2001 and 2003 and therefore is experiencing his eleventh season with Audi.
... Allan McNish - from the Audi R8R, to the R8, the R10 TDI, R15 TDI, R18 TDI and the R18 ultra through to the R18 e-tron Quattro - has raced all Audi sports prototypes?
... McNish and Kristensen have driven sports prototypes as well as DTM touring cars for Audi?
... Tom Kristensen additionally contested a race in the Audi R8 LMS ultra GT3 sports car?
... Tom Kristensen wanted to become a bank manager as a child?
... the Dane enjoys playing golf?
... he is the first Danish World Champion in car racing?
... Loïc Duval has a snake phobia?
... The Frenchman always puts on his left racing shoe first?
... Duval, like Kristensen, loves soccer?
... and would have loved to have met Steve McQueen?
... Duval is inspired by tennis player Roger Federer?
No, we didn't know all these things either!!
Photo: CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES (LE MANS, SARTHE, FRANCE), 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2013. Loic Duval, engineer of the No.2 Audi Kyle Wilson-Clarke, Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen after winning the 2013 event.