Benoit Treluyer will not take part in tomorrow’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Mexico City, with Audi electing to keep the Frenchman out of the No. 7 Audi R18 for the second consecutive race due to a back injury.
Treluyer injured his back in a mountain biking accident last month, which forced him out of the Six Hours of Nürburgring.
While having turned laps in the car this weekend, in anticipation of racing, the German manufacturer made the decision to keep him out of the cockpit again.
“In the race… Benoit needs to be absolutely fit,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
“In agreement with our team physician, we have decided to give Ben more time to recover and to build up his fitness again in order to be 100 percent fit for the six-hour race in Austin in two weeks’ time.”
Treluyer completed a total of 53 laps on Thursday, although was the slowest of the six Audi drivers. “That was a good opportunity to get used to the car again,” he said.
It leaves the No. 7 Audi as a two-driver lineup with Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler for the second consecutive race.
The move follows Toyota’s decision to pull Anthony Davidson out of the No. 5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid this weekend as the Englishman continues his recovery from bruised ribs sustained in a testing accident at Magny-Cours last month.