Home wins for Audi Sport customer teams in GT3 and TCR

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Second place in Magny-Cours: On the second race weekend of the GT4 France, title defenders Gregory Guilvert/Fabien Michal achieved the first podium result of the season. The two Frenchmen had won the French GT4 racing series in the past two years and compete in 2020 in an Audi R8 LMS GT4 of the Saintéloc Racing team again. In the first one-hour competition at Magny-Cours, a race in the dark on Saturday evening, Guilvert took no risks on a heavily soiled track after various accidents by opponents and secured second place for his teammate and himself.

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

Comtoyou Racing leads the standings four times over: On the Zolder circuit, the private team Comtoyou Racing managed its double home game with flying colors. Jean-Michel Baert’s team from Waterloo, south of Brussels, fielded no fewer than six Audi RS 3 LMS cars – three in TCR Europe and three in the FIA WTCR each. On the second race weekend of the European racing series Nicolas Baert celebrated his first victory in his touring car debut season. The 19-year-old son of the team founder had secured pole position for the first race with a lead of almost four tenths of a second. After a hampered start, he lost a position, which he regained though in the course of the first lap. After 16 race laps Baert won with a lead of 2.8 seconds. It was the first victory of the season for Audi in TCR Europe. After the first third of the season Baert is fourth in the standings behind teammate Mehdi Bennani and leads the Trophy standings. Comtoyou Racing already has a 16 point lead in the team classification. The FIA WTCR season also started on the same circuit, and there too Comtoyou took the lead in two classifications. Against the strong factory teams of three manufacturers with a total of twelve racing cars, the private racing squad from Belgium already proved its skills in qualifying. Frenchman Nathanaël Berthon captured the first pole position of the season. In the first race, which began with a reversed grid position in accordance with the regulations, his teammate Tom Coronel started from fifth place as the best Audi driver. He improved to fourth place right from the start, maintained his position right up to the finish and was thus the first winner of the season’s Trophy classification for independent drivers. The prize for best rookie was secured by Gilles Magnus in another Audi RS 3 LMS from Comtoyou Racing in tenth place. In the second race, the young Belgian won both the Rookie and Trophy prizes, finishing fourth in the overall standings. Berthon had no chance because of a false start from first place and finished in fourteenth place. However, after his drive-through penalty, he managed the fastest race lap of the weekend and won the Tag Heuer Best Lap Trophy. Gilles Magnus leads the rookie standings after the first WTCR weekend, ahead of Hyundai driver Luca Engstler. In the Trophy standings Tom Coronel is five points ahead of Gilles Magnus.

Two second places in New Zealand: Team Track Tec Racing recorded two podium results with the Audi RS 3 LMS at the opening race of the South Island Endurance Series. In the one-hour race at the Teretonga circuit on the South Island of the Pacific state, Debbie Chapman finished second out of eight participants in Class B. In the three-hour race Rowan Shepherd/Loch Fitzgerald were second in their class. After 169 laps and a distance of 434 kilometers they missed the victory by only 0.958 seconds.

Coming up next week

18–19/09 Hampton Downs (NZ), round 1, North Island Endurance Series

18–20/09 Hockenheim (D), rounds 5 and 6, ADAC GT Masters

18–20/09 Hockenheim (D), rounds 3 and 4, ADAC GT4 Germany

18–20/09 Nürburgring (D), rounds 7 and 8, DTM Trophy

18–20/09 Vallelunga (I), rounds 7 and 8, TCR Italy

18–20/09 Vallelunga (I), round 3, Campionato Italiano GT Endurance

18–20/09 Watkins Glen (USA), rounds 12 to 14, TC America TCR

18–20/09 Watkins Glen (USA), rounds 12 to 14, GT4 America 

19–20/09 Nizhny Novgorod (RU), rounds 11 and 12, TCR Russia

19–20/09 Jerez (E), round 3, Campeonato de España Resistencia

19–20/09 Donington (GB), round 4, British GT

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