Audi R8 LMS GT4
Strong opener: The long-standing Audi Sport customer team Saintéloc Racing at the beginning of the 2019 season in the GT4 France continued its impressive performances of the previous year. On the circuit at Nogaro in the southwest of France, the title defenders Gregory Guilvert/Fabien Michal in an Audi R8 LMS GT4 finished both races in second position. In addition, both drivers had set a best time in qualifying. With 44 entrants, the French series in 2019 remains the national GT4 series in Europe with the largest field. Both rounds were also included in the new GT4 South European Series. In this classification, Guilvert/Michal won both competitions.
Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)
Ready for Hungary: The four Audi Sport drivers Niels Langeveld, Gordon Shedden, Jean-Karl Vernay and Frédéric Vervisch will compete in the second round of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup from April 26 to 28. At the Hungaroring near Budapest, they plan to pick up where they left off in the successful Marrakesh opener. Frédéric Vervisch from Comtoyou Team Audi Sport clinched his first pole position and a runner-up finish there. In fifth place, he is currently the best driver of an Audi RS 3 LMS in the standings. Jean-Karl Vernay from Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport achieved a second place in Morocco as well. His teammate, Gordon Shedden, was the only Audi Sport driver to score points in all three races of the opening event. For new signing Niels Langeveld from Comtoyou Team Audi Sport, Morocco was new ground to be broken whereas he is familiar with the Hungaroring from previous races.
Second place in Russia: The new season in the TCR Russia started with a podium finish for the Audi RS 3 LMS on the circuit at Fort Grozny. Alexey Dudukalo, last year’s runner-up in the championship, started from pole position but a rival managed a better start and overtook him in the first turn. Dudukalo went on to defend second position for the Lukoil Racing Team, scored 21 points and, as a result, is ranked in fourth place of the standings. With seven RS 3 LMS cars in the field of 24 entrants, Audi Sport is heavily represented again in the TCR Russia in 2019.
Trophy as a reward: For Team AC Motorsport, the third race weekend of the 24H Series had started with a setback. An accident during the private test for the Spa 12 Hours on Thursday required an overnight repair of the front end of the Audi RS 3 LMS. Subsequently, Stéphane Perrin, Vincent Radermecker and James Kaye took third place in the TCR category of the endurance race which, with nine entrants, was well-filled.
Coming up next week
26–28/04 Virginia (USA), rounds 3 and 4, Blancpain GT World Challenge America
26–28/04 Virginia (USA), rounds 3 and 4, Pirelli GT4 America SX/GT4 East
26–28/04 Virginia (USA), rounds 5 and 6, Pirelli GT4 America
26–28/04 Virginia (USA), rounds 5 and 6, TC America TCR
26–28/04 Oschersleben (D), rounds 1 and 2, ADAC GT Masters
26–28/04 Oschersleben (D), rounds 1 and 2, ADAC GT4 Germany
26–28/04 Oschersleben (D), rounds 1 and 2, ADAC TCR Germany and TCR Swiss Trophy
26–28/04 Hockenheim (D), rounds 1 and 2, Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy
26–28/04 Hungaroring (H), rounds 3 and 4, Eset V4 Cup
27/04 Nürburgring (D), round 3, VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring
27–28/04 Hungaroring (H), rounds 4 to 6, WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup
27–28/04 Hungaroring (H), rounds 1 and 2, TCR Europe
27–28/04 Hungaroring (H), rounds 1 and 2, TCR Benelux
27–28/04 Le Castellet (F), rounds 1 and 2, International GT Open
27–28/04 Le Castellet (F), rounds 1 and 2, GT Open Cup
27–28/04 Sugo (J), round 2, Super Taikyu Series
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