Loic Duval takes Dindo Capello's Audi role
|By Matt Beer||Friday, February 1st 2013, 17:08 GMT|
Audi has chosen Loic Duval to take Dindo Capello's place alongside Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish in its Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship line-up.
The long-established Kristensen/McNish/Capello trio was broken up last year when Capello decided to step down from the prototype ranks after Le Mans.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi joined Kristensen and McNish, who otherwise drove as a duo in the remaining rounds, at the Interlagos WEC round.
But it is Duval who has got the full-season 2013 node for the #2 car, while di Grassi joins Oliver Jarvis and Marc Gene in the #3 for Spa and Le Mans only.
Le Mans and WEC title-winning trio Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler stay together in the #1 R18.
Audi team boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich said the 2013 line-ups would give the squad's relative newcomers chances to prove themselves.
"With these three combinations we've put together an international team that we expect a lot of," said Ullrich.
"Our younger drivers will have the chance to establish themselves alongside the experienced Audi drivers who have really been pleasing us with their top results in all these years."
Duval joined Audi's LMP1 line-up last year alongside his Japanese racing career, which has seen him claim titles in both Formula Nippon and Super GT.
2013 WEC entry list: LMP1 1. Audi Sport Team Joest Audi Andre Lotterer 2. Audi Sport Team Joest Audi Tom Kristensen 7. Toyota Racing Toyota Alex Wurz 8. Toyota Racing Toyota Anthony Davidson 12. Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota Nicolas Prost 21. Strakka Racing HPD-Honda Nick Leventis LMP2 24. OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan Jacques Nicolet 25. Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan John Martin 26. G-Drive Racing ORECA-Nissan Roman Rusinov 28. Gulf Racing Middle East Lola-Nissan Fabien Giroix 29. Gulf Racing Middle East Lola-Nissan Frederic Fatien 30. HVM Status GP Lola-Judd Jonathan Kennard 31. Lotus Lotus Kevin Weeda 32. Lotus Lotus Thomas Holzer 35. OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan Olivier Pla 41. Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan Christian Zugel 44. Starworks Motorsport HPD-Honda Alex Popow 45. OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan David Heinemeier Hansson 49. Pecom Racing (AF Corse) ORECA-Nissan Luis Perez Companc GTE Pro 51. AF Corse Ferrari Gianmaria Bruni 71. AF Corse Ferrari Olivier Beretta 91. Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche Marc Lieb 92. Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche Jorg Bergmeister 97. Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Darren Turner 99. Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Stefan Mucke GTE Am 50. Larbre Competition Corvette Patrick Bornhauser 57. Krohn Racing Ferrari Tracy Krohn 61. AF Corse Ferrari Jack Gerber 76. Imsa Performance Porsche Raymond Narac 81. 8Star Motorsports Ferrari Enzo Potolicchio 88. Proton Competition Porsche Christian Ried 95. Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Allan Simonsen 96. Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Roald Goethe
*Drivers named for administrative purposes only and are subject to change.