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Di Grassi joins Audi lineup full-time in WEC

Feb 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Lucas di Grassi has the honor, privilege and challenge of following the retired Allan McNish as a full-time driver aboard the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (the new 2014 version) in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Brazilian, who raced with the Virgin Formula One team in 2010 and has since served as a test driver for both Pirelli and the new FIA Formula E Championship, will race full-time with Audi after sporadic starts for the manufacturer the last couple years.

He’ll co-drive with “Mr. Le Mans,” nine-time 24-hour winner Tom Kristensen, and Loic Duval. The latter two joined with McNish for this year’s WEC Driver’s Championship.

The 2011 and 2012 Le Mans winners, Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer, will be in the second full-season Audi with a third Audi set to compete at the Spa 6-hour race and 2014 Le Mans 24H. That car will feature new Audi prototype recruit Filipe Albuquerque alongside Oliver Jarvis and Marco Bonanomi; Marc Gene will serve as reserve driver.

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