Audi R8 LMS GT3
Second Audi victory in New Zealand: In round two of the South Island Endurance Series, the Audi R8 LMS again was the measure of all things in the 3-hour classification. On the circuit at Highlands, Dale Chapman/Marc Doran/Andrew Waite were victorious with the Track Tec Racing team for the first time. A well-timed pit stop during a safety car period after the first hour of racing helped the trio fight back from the fourth spot. Subsequently, the lead changed several times between various competitors. The strongest rivals of the subsequent winners included Neil Foster/Jonny Reid. However, the pairing that had won the opener in an Audi R8 LMS of the IMS team two weeks ago ultimately dropped to third position due to a puncture.
A fifth Audi R8 LMS in FIA GT World Cup: Team WRT, in addition to the four previously entered Audi R8 LMS cars from Audi Sport Team Rutronik, Audi Sport Team WRT, Audi Sport Asia Team TSRT and Phoenix Racing, has entered another GT3 sports car for Macau. Sitting behind the wheel will be Charles Weerts, who is making his debut in the FIA GT World Cup. Although the Belgian is only 18 years old he has already gathered valuable experience in the Audi R8 LMS in his young career. Last winter, the up-and-coming driver won the teams’ classification of the Gulf Sportscar Championship in an Audi R8 LMS with his team and this year contested the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe and the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for the first time. At Misano, Weerts was the youngest driver ever to have clinched a pole position and a victory in this series.
Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)
Teams’ title in Scandinavia: Team Brink Motorsport in its so far strongest season in the TCR Scandinavia won the teams’ title for the first time, with a 29-point advantage. The Audi Sport customer team fielded three Audi RS 3 LMS cars for Tobias Brink, Andreas Wernersson and Hannes Morin this year. Brink celebrated two victories this year and Wernersson won four races including the final sprint event at Mantorp Park. No other brand provided as many winners as Audi did on the seven Scandinavian race weekends. In the drivers’ classification, Brink, who placed second in the first sprint race at Mantorp Park, ultimately took the runner-up’s spot.
Championship runner-up finish in Italy: An Audi Sport customer team finished the TCR DSG Endurance Touring Car Championship season in second position. Following two victories this season, Ermanno Dionisio/Giacomo Barri in an Audi RS 3 LMS of the BF Motorsport team were fighting for the title up until the end in the finale at Mugello. 30 minutes before the two-hour race ended, Barri, while leading the race, had to head for the pits due to a puncture. In the end, the squad had to settle for sixth position and the runner-up finish in the championship. Ermanno Dionisio, however, secured success in class, winning the Gentleman classification of the 2019 season ahead of fellow Audi driver Sandro Pelatti and 16 other competitors.
Coming up next week
09–12/10 Road Atlanta (USA), round 12, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
09–12/10 Road Atlanta (USA), round 10, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
11–13/10 Le Castellet (F), rounds 11 and 12, GT4 France
11–13/10 Hungaroring (H), rounds 13 and 14, Eset V4 Cup
11–13/10 Shanghai (CN), rounds 11 and 12, China GT Championship
12/10 Nürburgring (D), round 8, VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring
12/10 Santa Cruz do Sol (BR), round 6, Endurance Brasil
12–13/10 Monza (I), rounds 13 and 14, International GT Open
12–13/10 Monza (I), rounds 11 and 12, GT Cup Open Europe
12–13/10 Monza (I), rounds 13 and 14, TCR Europe
12–13/10 Monza (I), rounds 9 and 10, TCR Benelux
12–13/10 Jarama (E), round 4, Campeonato de España de Resistencia
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