World Endurance Championship
Team & Drivers
Audi relies on the most successful team to have competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for its program in the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In 2011 Reinhold Joest’s squad team completed its dozen in France. The racers from the Odenwald region won the French endurance classic for the twelfth time. Joest is active as Audi Sport team since 1999. Joest and Audi celebrated eight of the triumphs together at Le Mans. No other team has been anywhere near as successful since the race was first held in 1923.
However, Audi Sport Team Joest is not only at the forefront at the Sarthe: the team has also won big endurance classics at other tracks. Joest won the American Le Mans Series four times with the Audi R8. On top of this comes the winner’s trophy from the 2008 Le Mans Series. The team is credited with eight wins, on each occasion with Audi, at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Audi signed the successful team at the start of the brand’s sports prototype program in 1999. Reinhold Joest raced himself at Le Mans between 1969 and 1981. Today he is one of the two Managing Directors of Joest Racing GmbH alongside Ralf Jüttner who is also the organization’s Technical Director. Joest fields all the sports prototypes entered by Audi in the WEC in 2012.