Having grabbed the upper hand in the chase for this year's FIA World Endurance Championship with victory in the 6 Hours of Silverstone, Audi Sport driver Benoît Tréluyer is now targeting success in his maiden race at legendary Brazilian venue Interlagos (September 15).
Last month's triumph in Britain marked Tréluyer and his #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro crewmates André Lotterer and Marcel Fässler's first win for the German manufacturer away from Le Mans. Coming off the back of their second triumph at La Sarthe in June, it sets the trio up perfectly for the long-haul races that will decide this year's drivers' title.
The World Endurance Championship calendar visits some of the most iconic venues in motorsport and, fresh from a successful maiden race at Silverstone, Tréluyer is now preparing to make his bow at another hallowed circuit.
But location-wise the two could not be more different, with Silverstone set amongst sleepy English villages and Interlagos lying within the urban sprawl of downtown Sao Paulo. The race represents the Frenchman's first trip to the South American nation, where one racing idol casts a particularly long shadow.
"I've never been to Brazil before," explains Benoît, "but for me, it's the country of football, samba and of course Senna. When I roll out of the pits for the first time on Thursday I'll be thinking of this great champion. I don't know if it will be a specific emotion, but he will certainly be on my mind."
Interlagos' reputation is built upon unforgettable moments in motor racing history that make it amongst the most famous circuits in the world. While this could coax Tréluyer into feeling he already knows the layout, he has nevertheless been learning the track at the wheel of his Ellip6 home simulator.
"I will go to Brazil well prepared, even if I have had less time to work in the simulator than I did ahead of Silverstone," said Benoît. "Interlagos is an anti-clockwise track and it looks fantastic fun. We'll need to use the four hours of free practice to hone our set-up for the curbs and hilly sections."
Like Tréluyer, the Manufacturers' World Championship-winning Audi squad will be making their maiden appearance at Interlagos, taking on a Toyota team that can count on the experience of numerous Formula 1 races at the circuit. "They can also rely on the knowledge of Alex Wurz, who has raced there several times in F1," notes Tréluyer.