Audi Sport second in the Kyalami 9 Hour race

The two Audi Sport drivers Frédéric Vervisch and Mirko Bortolotti as well as rookie driver Charles Weerts from Audi Sport Team WRT had the race in their hands when torrential rain one hour before the end led to chaotic conditions. Behind the safety car, Vervisch led the race in the final hour but had to give one position back to the driver trio from BMW that eventually won. The reason: Race control accused Vervisch of an infringement in the pit lane exit after a stop. As a result, car number 32 with Mirko Bortolotti, who competed at Kyalami in his last race for Audi Sport, finished second together with Frédéric Vervisch and Charles Weerts.

Mattia Drudi/Christopher Haase/Patric Niederhauser were also unlucky in the difficult conditions on the circuit near Johannesburg. They were within striking distance of the front runners for Audi Sport Team Car Collection in second place in the final phase. However, with rain suddenly setting in, Drudi had no chance in aquaplaning, spun off the track and lost three positions. In the end, fifth place was a poor reward for the previous performances of the fast trio. Another Audi of Peter Schmidt’s team was also pleased with a finish in this demanding race. Privateer drivers Milan Dontje, Martin Lechman and Dennis Marschall crossed the finish line in eleventh place after 266 laps and as the only participants in their class won the Silver Cup classification of the race.

In the final standings of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, Audi Sport holds third place out of nine brands after four races on four continents. The best Audi Sport driver at the end was Frédéric Vervisch in fourth place in the drivers’ standings.

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