The eleventh month of 2017 saw a podium in Macau and more titles being awarded to Audi customers around the world.

Audi Sport customer racing achieved a podium result when the legendary Guia Circuit in Macau played host to the FIA GT World Cup for the third time. Dutchman Robin Frijns from Audi Sport Team WRT, on his Macau debut, finished the weekend as the runner-up after having started from seventeenth place on the grid. He had to admit defeat by a mere 0.618 seconds. 

Intercontinental GT Challenge titles defended

As in 2016, Audi won both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Following the cancellation of the Sepang 12 Hours that would have taken place in December, the rounds held at the Bathurst 12 Hour, Spa 24 Hours and the California 8 Hours at Laguna Seca counted towards the 2017 standings. Markus Winkelhock has been crowned as the drivers’ champion after his victories at Spa and Laguna Seca. Winkelhock led an Audi 1-2-3 in the standings ahead of his Audi Sport driver teammates Christopher Haase and Christopher Mies. 

The Intercontinental GT Challenge trophies were handed over to Winkelhock and Chris Reinke (Head of Audi Sport customer racing) on the occasion of the SRO’s (Stéphane Ratel Organisation) twenty-fifth anniversary. At the same event, Audi Sport customer racing surprised the racing promoter with a unique livery. The Official Car graphically integrates a 25th anniversary logo into the signature design with which the race cars and models for race organizers catch the eye of viewers at race tracks around the globe.

Another title Down Under

The 2017 Australian GT Trophy Series was decided in favour of Audi customer Steven McLaughlan, who won both of the races with his Audi R8 LMS ultra during the final race weekend at Wakefield. Rod Salmon, another Audi customer, clinched second place in the standings. This is the third title for Audi in Australia this year following the successes of Geoff Emery in the Australian GT Championship and Matthew Stoupas in the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships.

One week later, the Audi R8 LMS ultra was once again on top in Australia: During the annual “Island Magic” event at Phillip Island, the KFC team took a clean sweep: Matthew Stoupas won the opening sprint race and then teammate Daniel Gaunt won the second heat. The one-hour Victorian Tourist Trophy for Sports Cars race was won by Gary Higgon and Daniel Gaunt. 

Award in the VLN

Audi Sport driver Frank Stippler received the award for the best-placed SP9 GT3 campaigner in the drivers’ standings of the 2017 VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. In total, 878 drivers scored points this year in various classes in Germany’s most popular club sport racing series.

Audi R8 LMS GT4 presented in Dubai

Audi Sport customer racing showcased the Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the United Arab Emirates for the first time. The most recent product in the customer racing programme was one of the attractions at the Dubai International Motor Show. Audi Sport driver Markus Winkelhock presented the car on the opening day of the show.

Victory in Dubai

The final race of the 2017 International TCR Series was won by Stefano Comini in Dubai. The Swiss was behind the wheel of an Audi RS 3 LMS from Comtoyou Racing and finished third in the drivers’ standings.