Audi R8 LMS wins in Italy, America and Spain

Audi R8 LMS GT2

Second place in Utah: The Audi R8 LMS GT2 achieved a podium result in the American club sport racing series GT Celebration. Dmitri Novikov from Team Rearden Racing finished the first sprint in the US state of Utah in second place overall in the 620 hp sports car.

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Victory at Sebring: In the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, the Audi Sport customer team CarBahn with Peregrine Racing celebrated its first victory of the season in chaotic weather conditions at Sebring. Initially, Tyler McQuarrie had to wait 75 minutes on pole position due to a thunderstorm before race control allowed him and his 21 opponents to start in the strong GT4 field. The American took the lead in the Audi R8 LMS GT4, but after only five laps the bad weather forced a 70-minute race interruption. Afterwards McQuarrie took no risks on the wet airfield circuit and relinquished the lead. His team mate Jeff Westphal then took the lead again after the pit stop. Last year’s champions finally won the second race of the season with a two second lead. After fourth place at the season opener in Daytona in January, McQuarrie/Westphal took the top of the standings for the first time this year, and CarBahn with Peregrine Racing also leads the team standings. Drivers and team are five points ahead after two of ten events.

Opening success in Spain: At the start of the Campeonato de España Resistencia, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 clinched a class victory on the Iberian peninsula. Team Baporo Motorsport who were third last year in the GT Cup Open Europe series with Audi competed on the Navarra circuit in the north of the country with Daniel Diaz-Varela and Manel Cerqueda. The Spanish-Andorran driver line-up started from the pole position of Class C3 and won the 50-minute race with a 10.8-second lead. 

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

Podium in Navarra: At the season opener of the Spanish endurance racing series Campeonato de España Resistencia, an Audi Sport customer team clinched a podium finish with the RS 3 LMS. The Spanish SPV Racing team clinched third place in the TCR class with Philipp Smaali/Alvaro Fontes from grid position three in the second race. With ten competitors, this category attracted the biggest number of competitors in the mixed sportscar and touring car racing series.

Coming up next week

24–25/07 Hockenheim (D), round 2, Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy

25–26/07 Imola (I), round 1, GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup

25–26/07 Grobnik (HR), rounds 1 and 2, TCR Eastern Europe

25–26/07 Grobnik (HR), rounds 1 and 2, Eset V4 Cup

25–26/07 Grobnik (HR), rounds 3 and 4, FIA CEZ

25–26/07 Sugo (J), rounds 1 and 2, TCR Japan

25–26/07 Igora Drive (RU), rounds 3 and 4, TCR Russia

25–26/07 Mosport (CDN), rounds 1 and 2, Canadian Touring Car Championship

25–26/07 Imola (I), rounds 1 and 2, GT4 European Series