For the fourth time since 2011, an Audi R8 LMS crossed the finish line as the winner of the Spa 24 Hours. Audi Sport Team Saintéloc won the event with the trio of Markus Winkelhock, Jules Gounon and Christopher Haase in the no. 25 Audi R8 LMS.
The Audi R8 LMS Cup passed the halfway mark of the 2017 season in South Korea. Reigning champion Alex Yoong won the weekend’s opening race, but it was Alessio Picariello who increased his lead in the drivers’ standings. The young Belgian took fourth place in the opening heat and then he collected his third victory of the season in the second race.
Two race weekends of the China GT Championship were held at Zhuhai during July and both saw the Audi drivers taking home the silverware. In total, the four GT3 races saw one 1-2-3 victory, two 1-2 successes and a single win as well.
More Audi R8 LMS victories were also achieved: HCB-Rutronik Racing won the Dunlop 60 races with Tommy Tulpe and Fabian Plentz at Hockenheim and Most. Montaplast by Land-Motorsport clinched a 1-2 victory in the ADAC GT Masters at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. The reigning ADAC GT Masters champions Christopher Mies and Connor De Phillippi won ahead of their teammates Christopher Haase and Jeffrey Schmidt. In Sweden, Jan Brunstedt won a Swedish GT Championship race at Falkenberg, and Down Under Matthew Stoupas won all three Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships races at Sandown, both were behind the wheel of Audi R8 LMS ultra cars.
Niels Langeveld gave the Audi RS 3 LMS its first victory in the ADAC TCR Germany. The Dutchman from the Racing One team won at Oschersleben. Langeveld then repeated this feat at Zandvoort, where he led an Audi 1-2 ahead of Sheldon van der Linde. More success in Germany as Audi Sport TT Cup driver Kevin Arnold won his class with an RS 3 LMS in the DMV GTC and Dunlop 60 races at Hockenheim.
In July, Audi Sport customer racing produced the 100th example of the 350-hp Audi RS 3 LMS, less than a year after it was presented in September 2016. The gold-painted celebratory model was seen on stage at the Audi Summit in Barcelona and travelled together with the management team of the customer racing programme to the Martorell site in Spain, where all of the group’s TCR cars are assembled.