“Frédéric Vervisch and the entire team of Jean-Michel Baert have done an impressive job – congratulations,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “In addition to the first win of the season, we’re also thrilled with the performance of the other three Audi Sport drivers. For the first time, all of our drivers have finished in the points on one weekend. It’s very pleasing to see the Niels Langeveld’s improving form.”
Like Vervisch, Jean-Karl Vernay also made a good start into the race. The Frenchman from the Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport improved from seventh on the grid to position four. His teammate Gordon Shedden came from 16th to finish in twelfth. After coming under fire from a rival in the first lap, which resulted in a trip into the gravel, Niels Langeveld from Comtoyou Team Audi Sport was thrown from 15th place to the back of the field. In an excellent show of fighting spirit, he gained nine positions and earned his first World Cup point. In the second race, Langeveld finished eighth, making him the best Audi Sport driver for the first time this year. A very good performance of the Dutchman followed in race three: From the seventh grid spot, the 31-year-old racing driver worked his way up to fourth place in the hotly contested race.