Strong weekend for Audi Sport at Daytona

After Audi Sport customer racing had won the GTD class at the Daytona 24-hour race in 2013 and 2016, the Audi R8 LMS was again competitive at the 2020 running of the long-distance classic in Florida (USA). Starting the race from sixth on the grid, the Audi R8 LMS run by WRT Speedstar Audi Sport, held its position in the top group of the class, which represented the largest contingent on the grid with 18 vehicles.

From the ninth hour, the #88 Audi R8 LMS was on a steady course for a podium place and took the lead of the class for the first time shortly after the halfway mark. An extended pit stop to change the brake pads and contacts with competitors cost the team precious seconds.

“The final phase of this exciting 24-hour race was very intense,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “The stable weather conditions and few caution phases allowed an unusually high pace during the race. To make it onto the podium is a great achievement. When you come so close to victory you might wish for more. But we can be proud of third place.”

“I am proud and happy,” said Mirko Bortolotti, who drove the last stint. “Many thanks to the entire Audi Sport customer racing team, WRT Speedstar Audi Sport and my teammates. They all did a fantastic job. We were in the lead several times, lost it, fought our way back and got everything out of our car. Unfortunately I couldn’t fight for victory in the end, but we’ll be back.”