NEW R8 LMS WINS IN DUBAI
The Audi R8 LMS began the new year by continuing its strong form in endurance racing with success at Dubai, Daytona and Zhuhai. The Dubai 24 Hours witnessed Audi Sport customers celebrating a one-two triumph with the new evolution of the Audi R8 LMS – the first endurance racing victory for the latest version of the GT3 race car from the brand with the four rings. Car Collection Motorsport, with the driver quartet of Dimitri Parhofer, Christopher Haase, Frédéric Vervisch and Rik Breukers, emerged victorious after 24 hours of competition, finishing one lap ahead of the Team MS7 by WRT squad.
In Florida, Daytona played host to the traditional 24-hour season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where WRT Speedstar Audi Sport scored a podium result in the GTD class. The Belgian and Canadian team finished third at the end of a race that was plagued by rain. Following the second red flag, the race director decided against resuming the race due to the bad weather conditions.
For the second time in succession, the Audi R8 LMS took the overall honours in the Circuit Hero 700-km endurance race at Zhuhai. Following Phoenix Racing Asia’s triumph last year, the Zun Motorsport Crew won the event during the very first race weekend of 2019.
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