Audi R8 LMS (GT3)
New leaders: Audi not only celebrated the victorious result of Jules Gounon, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock in the Spa 24 Hours. The endurance race was also the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. With 44 points, Audi now leads the GT3 manufacturers’ standings. At the same time, Christopher Haase has also taken the lead of the drivers’ standings. The remaining rounds of the season will take place at Laguna Seca (California, USA) in October and Sepang (Malaysia) in December.
Wins in Zhuhai: The customers of Audi enjoyed a successful weekend in the China GT Championship. The teams secured three wins and two more podium results during the third race weekend of the year, hosted at Zhuhai. Marchy Lee and Alex Au won the first GT3 race for Audi Hong Kong, finishing ahead of Martin Rump and Wan Liang from Kings Linky Racing. Rump and Liang piloted their Audi R8 LMS to victory in the second GT3 heat. The success story also took place in the GTC class. Sun Zheng and Wang Risheng from Spirit Z-Racing finished runner-up in the first race. David Chen and Jiao Peng won the second heat for the Tianshi Racing Team.
Trophies in Most: In the Czech Republic, Audi customers achieved success during the sixth race weekend of the DMV GTC. Tommy Tulpe finished runner-up with an Audi R8 LMS from HCB-Rutronik Racing in both of the weekend’s two races, winning his class. In the Dunlop 60 race, Tulpe and Fabian Plentz celebrated an overall victory.
The Schloss Dyck Classic Days are being held for the twelfth time this year. Because of their character they are known as the “German Goodwood”. In the classic ambience of the moated castle, Schloss Dyck near Neuss, the event offers a colorful mix of garden party, classic car club event, concours d‘elegance and motor racing, with more than 400 historic cars. Many of the expected 40,000 visitors will be dressed in keeping with the times. Audi Tradition is presenting itself in the “Classic Corner” and exhibiting, among other things, a 1936 Wanderer W 25 K Roadster which has not yet been restored, surrounded by bales of straw. Also in the “Audi camp” you can view the unique specimen of a 1929 Wanderer W 11. In 1949, this pre-war Wanderer was converted into a breakdown vehicle that was in use in the Bavarian mountains until the 1960s. These are also joined a third Wanderer specialty: the replica of a streamlined special roadster, in which Auto Union won the team classification of what was then the toughest rally in the world – Liège-Rome-Liège, a journey of more than 4,000 kilometers – in 1939.
The really big attractions in the “Classic Corner” are the Audi Type C “Alpine Victor” and the Auto Union Type C Grand Prix racing car. From 1912 to 1914, the then young Audi brand won the Austrian Alpine race three times in succession and the Audi Type C laid the foundation stone for the motor racing history of today’s AUDI AG. August Horch, the founder of the company, took the wheel himself, going over all the Alpine passes of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Audi Tradition owns two such Type C cars. One of these, built in 1919, in the yellow paint of its Alpine journey, will drive on the three-kilometer race track at Schloss Dyck. It will not be so leisurely when the five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela starts up the 16 cylinders of the Auto Union Type C. In 1936, the Grand Prix racing car pressed 520 horsepower onto the road, that year winning the European championship, the precursor of today’s Formula 1 World Championship, with Bernd Rosemeyer at the wheel.
Audi Tradition will be presenting two more recent automobiles as part of a rally exhibition at the Autostadt stand. Visitors will doubtlessly be highly interested in the Audi Sport quattro S1, which Walter Röhrl drove in record time in 1987 when he scaled “Pikes Peak” in the USA. While this milestone of Audi car racing history is exhibited, the second Audi rally car will be driving on the Dyck race track, no less. The so-called “short one”, the 1984 Audi Sport quattro Rallye, will be driven by none other than twice rally world champion Walter Röhrl, who piloted this car more than 30 years ago on the race courses of the rally world championship.