Audi Sport customer racing achieved third place at round three of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in Suzuka.
Tough fight to the flag

The Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing scored a close third place at the Suzuka 10 Hours.

Christopher Haase/Kelvin van der Linde/Markus Winkelhock crossed the finish line just 1.2 seconds behind the runner-up. Another Audi R8 LMS finished 25 hundredths of a second behind. The Audi Sport Team WRT claimed fourth place with drivers Christopher Mies/Dries Vanthoor/Frédéric Vervisch. In the drivers’ standings, Haase and Winkelhock now rank behind three competitors; Audi lies second in the manufacturers’ classification.

Four Audi cars amongst the top ten

With an outside temperature exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, the race on the Japanese Grand Prix circuit proved to be a heated battle for man and machine. Still, all five Audi R8 LMS reached the finish line. The Japanese Audi Team Hitotsuyama achieved eighth with its regular pilots Richard Lyons and Ryuichiro Tomita, this time with support from their driver colleague Alessio Picariello. Ninth place went to the Audi Sport Team WRT with Jake Dennis, Sheldon van der Linde and Stuart Leonard. Thus, four Audi finished in the top ten. Moreover, Absolute Racing clinched sixth place out of eleven teams contesting the Pro-Am class with Congfu Cheng, Adderly Fong and Jingzu Sun. The final of the Intercontinental GT Challenge is contested from October 26–28 in Laguna Seca.

The race in numbers

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