Audi R8 LMS GT4
Runner-up title in America: Last year’s champions Tyler McQuarrie/Jeff Westphal finished the 2020 season in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in Sebring as runners-up in the GS class. In the Audi R8 LMS GT4 of the CarBahn with Peregrine racing team, the two Americans won two races this year and were on the podium three more times. Steve Dinan’s team also achieved the runner-up title in the team classification, in which 36 teams collected points. In the end, Audi was third best of eight car manufacturers in the manufacturers classification. The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge is one of the toughest national GT4 racing series in the world with more than 20 participants per race and a total of 96 classified drivers.
Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)
Podium at the finale: Gilles Magnus finished the season in the FIA WTCR with a podium result. The young Belgian driver made a perfect start in the first of three sprints at the Aragón circuit in Spain. In the Audi RS 3 LMS of the Comtoyou Racing team, Magnus improved by four positions from eighth on the grid as early as on the first lap. On lap six he overtook his teammate Nathanaël Berthon, ahead of whom he finished the race in third place. Gilles Magnus finished his debut season in the world’s most prestigious TCR competition in second place in the Trophy class for privateers, followed by his teammates Nathanaël Berthon and Tom Coronel. He finished fifth in the overall standings after securing the rookie title early two weeks ago. The Audi RS 3 LMS has claimed a total of seven podium places in the 2020 FIA WTCR season, including two overall victories.
Championship lead extended: Takuro Shinohara has further increased his lead in Saturday’s standings of the TCR Japan racing series with the Audi RS 3 LMS. The 25-year-old Japanese remained unbeaten on the Autopolis circuit for the fourth time in a row in as many events in the first of two sprints of each weekend. In qualifying he had secured pole position with a 1.1-second lead, in the race he built up an eleven-second lead in twelve laps. As a result, he increased his championship lead in the race series Saturday standings by 13 to 37 points. Audi Team Hitotsyuama leads the team classification after four of six events with an advantage of 22 points.
Runner-up title in the 24H Series: Audi customer team AC Motorsport finished the season as runner-up in the 24H Series, which is popular with amateur drivers. The team from Belgium entered an Audi RS 3 LMS for different driver combinations during the season and won the season opener in Dubai in January. At the finale in Mugello, the team reached fourth place in the TCR class with Stéphane Perrin/Mathieu Detry/James Kaye. This resulted in second place in the continental classification of the TCR teams and third place in the European classification of the series.
Podium in Sebring: Team FastMD Racing with Speed Syndicate celebrated a podium result with the Audi RS 3 LMS at the final round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Max Faulkner/James Vance took third place after two hours of racing. This put them in fifth place in the championship final standings behind Gavin Ernstone/Jon Morley, who also raced an Audi RS 3 LMS. In the manufacturers classification Audi reached second place after ten races.
Two second places in Dubai: Ricky Coomber achieved two second places in the TCR class at the opening of the NGK UAE Procar Championship. The Briton was at the wheel of an Audi RS 3 LMS in both sprints in Dubai.
Third place in Spain: At the fourth round of the Campeonato de España Resistencia, the French Team Motorsport Développement achieved a podium finish. After two hours of racing in Barcelona, Jean-Laurent Navarro and Pierre-Arnaud Navarro steered their Audi RS 3 LMS to third place in the field of the nine participants in the TCR class.
Coming up next week
19–22/11 Macau (MAC), Macau Grand Prix
19–22/11 Road Atlanta (USA), round 7, Trans Am
20–22/11 Imola (I), rounds 11 and 12, TCR Italy
20–22/11 Le Castellet (F), rounds 9 and 10, GT4 France
21–22/11 Motegi (J), round 4, Super Taikyu Series
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