The Audi R8 LMSNew customer sport program

With the GT3 race version of the R8, Audi Sport developed a racing sports car specifically for use in customer sport with the GT3 race version. Pure "factory” entries are not planned with the R8 LMS.

The assembly of the race cars including the body shells is made by quattro GmbH in Heilbronn-Biberach in a factory hall specifically for the customer sport program. The Audi factory in Györ, Hungary, deliver the V10 engines.

"In the future our new customer sport program represents Audi Sport’s third business field alongside our factory programs in the DTM and in sport prototypes,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "2009 is a test and development year during which we aim to collect as much experience as possible with the R8 LMS. We are delighted to be able to do this with teams with which we are familiar and have established a solid partnership over the years.”

In the 2009 season, Audi Sport Italia, Abt Sportsline, Argo Racing, ORECA, Phoenix Racing and Team Rosberg also trust the new GT3 sports car from AUDI AG. Audi Sport will start the delivery to customers for the 2010 season from fall 2009.

The six customer teams plan to race in five European GT3 championships as well as in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring for which Audi Sport has developed an endurance version of the R8 LMS.

2009 Schedule

Nürburgring 24 Hours (Abt Sportsline, Phoenix Racing)

05/23–24 Nürburgring (D)

FIA GT3 European Championship (Phoenix Racing, Team Rosberg)

03.05. Silverstone (GB)
17.05. Adria (I)
21.06. Oschersleben (D)
13.09. Algarve (P)
04.10. Paul Ricard (F)
14.11. Dubai (UAE)

ADAC GT Masters (Abt Sportsline, Argo Racing, Phoenix Racing, Team Rosberg)

13.04. Oschersleben (D)
10.05. Assen (NL)
07.06. Hockenheim (D)
05.07. EuroSpeedway (D)
23.08. Nürburgring (D)
20.09. Sachsenring (D)
18.10. Oschersleben (D)

French GT Championship (ORECA)

13.04. Nogaro (F)
10.05. Dijon-Prenois (F)
31.05. Magny-Cours (F)
05.07. Val de Vienne (F)
06.09. Albi (F)
04.10. Paul Ricard (F)
18.10. Lédenon (F)

Italian GT Championship (Audi Sport Italia)

31.05. Vallelunga (I)
07.06. Magione (I)
21.06. Mugello (I)
19.07. Misano (I)
06.09. Imola (I)
27.09. Mugello (I)
18.10. Monza (I)

Belgiam GT Championship (Phoenix Racing)

26.04. Zolder (B)
10.05. Spa-Francorchamps (B)
06.06. Spa-Francorchamps (B)
11.07. Spa-Francorchamps (B)
22.08. Zolder (B)
20.09. Algarve (P)
11.10. Zolder (B)

Long distance championship Nürburgring (Phoenix Racing)

04.04. Nürburgring (D)
18.04. Nürburgring (D)
02.05. Nürburgring (D)
13.06. Nürburgring (D)
27.06. Nürburgring (D)
18.07. Nürburgring (D)
29.08. Nürburgring (D)
03.10. Nürburgring (D)
17.10. Nürburgring (D)
31.10. Nürburgring (D)