First victory of the Audi R8 LMS in Blancpain GT Series this season

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

Victory and podium finishes in Canada: Team TRC/M1GT Racing with Matthew Taskinen celebrated a TCR class win in the Canadian Touring Car Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park. In an Audi RS 3 LMS, Taskinen won the opening race of the weekend while his teammate, Jean-Francois Hevey, came third. In the second race, Taskinen, in position two, scored another podium finish.

Third place in the United States: Gavin Ernstone and Jon Morley managed the leap onto the podium in the race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Watkins Glen (USA). After four hours, the duo from Roadshagger Racing by in an Audi RS 3 LMS secured third place. For Ernstone/Morley, this marked the second top-three position this season.

Summer in the city: The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup will kick off the second half of its season on the circuit of Vila Real in Portugal from July 5 to 7. The narrow streets of the fast city circuit pose a special challenge to the Audi Sport drivers and their competitors. A mass collision after the start last year showed that the track does not forgive even the smallest mistake. Furthermore, the circuit 100 kilometers east of Porto is the only venue on the calendar at which a “Joker Lap” is mandatory: in a traffic circle, the participants have to take a longer route once per race. Last year, Gordon Shedden in an Audi RS 3 LMS started from pole position on a reversed grid and achieved sixth position. The best Audi Sport driver in Vila Real a year ago was fourth-placed Jean-Karl Vernay, Shedden’s teammate in Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport. In Comtoyou Team Audi Sport, Niels Langeveld will race in Portugal for the first time. His teammate, Frédéric Vervisch, is traveling to Vila Real full of vim and vigor. In the two most recent races of the FIA WTCR at the Nürburgring, he clinched two second places in an Audi RS 3 LMS and subsequently won the 24-hour race in an Audi R8 LMS.


Appearance by a legend: Nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen participated in the “Legends Parade” held as part of the supporting program of the Austrian Grand Prix in an Audi R8 Coupé V10 performance quattro (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 13.1; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 297*). Birgit Lauda, the widow of recently deceased three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda, was the Dane’s prominent passenger.

Victorious Audi R8 LMS at Goodwood: Audi Sport driver Frank Stippler will present to the fans the Audi R8 LMS that won the 24-hour race at Nürburgring about a week ago during the Festival of Speed at Goodwood (United Kingdom). Stippler, who was victorious in the iconic race in the Eifel together with Pierre Kaffer, Frédéric Vervisch and Dries Vanthoor, will drive the race car on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Coming up next week

05–06/07 Hockenheim (D), rounds 9 and 10, DMV GTC
05–07/07 Mosport (CDN), round 7, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
05–07/07 Mosport (CDN), round 5, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
05–07/07 Hockenheim (D), rounds 5 and 6, Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy
05–07/07 Portimão (P), round 5, 24H Series
05–07/07 Zhejiang (CN), rounds 7 and 8, TCR Asia
05–07/07 Vila Real (P), rounds 3 and 4, TCR Ibérico
06–07/07 Vila Real (P), rounds 16 to 18, WTCR – FIA-Tourenwagen-Weltcup
06–07/07 Vila Real (P), Taça Internacional de Vila Real GT4 South European Series
06–07/07 Fuji (J), rounds 7 and 8, Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia
06–07/07 Budapest (H), rounds 7 and 8, International GT Open
06–07/07 Hungaroring (H), rounds 5 and 6, GT Open Cup
06–07/07 Zhejiang (CN), rounds 5 and 6, TCR China
07/07 MotorPark Romania (RO), round 3, Romanian Endurance Series

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