Successful market for the Audi R8 LMS

The GT3 machinery competed in classes split according to driver skill with two Audi R8 LMS cars entered in the top Pro class. The race Down Under also opened 2017 Intercontinental GT Challenge, wherein Audi is the reigning title holder of the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications.
Audi Sport customer racing has enjoyed much success in Australia ever since its inception in 2009 and the brand with the four rings was represented by seven entries on the 2017 Bathurst grid, totalling 21 per cent of all the entered GT3 cars in Class A with cars from ten manufacturers.

On the class podium

The Audi R8 LMS again proved its promise of being an excellent race car for customer racing. The amateur drivers were able to fight for position within this highly competitive field, resulting in two of the Pro-Am class entries placing in the overall top ten, both celebrating on the class podium. The trio of two New Zealanders Daniel Gaunt and Matt Halliday together with the Australian Ash Samadi mounted the podium as the runner-ups in class, ahead of their third-placed Australian brand colleagues Marc Cini, Dean Fiore and Lee Holdsworth. Last year’s Am class winner, GT Motorsport, was again leading the class this year until the midpoint of the race, but unfortunately retired.

Podium success followed on either side of the Atlantic Ocean: Mohammed Bin Saud Al Saud clinched a runner-up result with his Audi R8 LMS in the fourth round of the Saudi GT Championship in Riyadh. Thereafter, the focus shifted to the Southern Hemisphere where the defending race winners, AC Racing competing with an Audi R8 LMS ultra, finished third overall in the 2017 Peru 6 Hours, 50 kilometres south of the Peruvian capital Lima. Crossing the Atlantic again, the fourth round of the NGK Racing Series in Dubai witnessed two podium results for the K&K Racing Team, including a race victory with its Audi R8 LMS ultra.