The 55th Daytona 24 Hours did not disappoint, especially in the highly competitive GTD class, wherein three Audi Sport customer racing teams competed in the class with the most represented manufactures, comprising 49 per cent of the entire 55-car grid.
So close after 24 hours
Fast straight out of the blocks: Reigning ADAC GT Masters champions, Montaplast by Land-Motorsport, did not need any time to get up to speed in their first North American event with the Audi R8 LMS. The team that finished the 24-hour race runner-up in class was in contention right up to the final few metres of the race: A mere 0.293 seconds stood between the team from Niederdreisbach and first place.
Stevenson Motorsports and Alex Job Racing ensured that three of the top six places were filled by Audi R8 LMS cars with positions four and six respectively. These results were enough to see Audi as the leader in the North American Endurance Cup manufacturers’ standings after this season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
First time lucky: In its first race in the hands of a customer racing team, the new Audi RS 3 LMS immediately proved its potential. CadSpeed Racing took victory in the TCR class of the Dubai 24 Hours. The green and silver machine was piloted to its first triumph by the quartet of James Kaye, Julian Griffin, Erik Holstein and Finlay Hutchison. Car Collection Motorsport finished on the A6 Am class podium with one of its Audi R8 LMS cars.
Further success with Team Audi Korea that won the season finale of the 2016–2017 Asian Le Mans Series with an Audi R8 LMS at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. In Riyadh, Mohammed Bin Saud Al Saud piloted his Audi R8 LMS to victory in the third round of the Saudi GT Championship, and towards the east, the K&K Racing Team celebrated a victory and a runner-up result with its Audi R8 LMS ultra in the third race weekend of the NGK Racing Series in Dubai.