AUDI R8 LMS IN FRONT
With victories in Germany, New Zealand, Australia and China, the Audi Sport customers racing with the Audi R8 LMS had much to celebrate. The DMV GTC season opener at Hockenheim saw all of the podium positions being filled by drivers trusting the R8 LMS. Two 1-2-3 victories were led respectively by Uwe Alzen from Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive and HCB-Rutronik Racing’s Dennis Marschall. The podium sweep was also present in the Dunlop 60 race the night before, when brothers Dennis and Marc Busch from Twin Busch Motorsport led a 1-2-3-4 triumph.
The International Motorsport team started its 2019 campaign in New Zealand by winning the first race of the North Island Endurance Series in Taupo. Behind the wheel of the R8 LMS was the duo of Neil Foster and Jonny Reid, the reigning title holders of the New Zealand Endurance Championship. In Australia, Audi Sport customers secured a clean sweep of race victories in the Australian GT Trophy Series and the CUE Enduro Super Series season openers.
Adderly Fong kicked off the Circuit Hero Pan Delta Super Racing Festival season with two victories at Zhuhai in China. The driver from Hong Kong was unbeatable in the Audi R8 LMS from the Zun Motorsport Crew. In Japan, Tracy Sports took a Super Taikyu class victory.
At Sebring, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 finished on top in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for the first time. Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal won the two-hour race with a 7.7-second advantage for the Carbahn Motorsports team. More success came in the USA, where teams racing with the R8 LMS GT4 scored more podium results in the opening race weekends of the various Pirelli GT4 America categories.
In Japan, the Audi RS 3 LMS began its season in the Super Taiyku Series with a 1-2 victory in the TCR class at Suzuka. Audi Team Phenomen Mars crossed the finish line first in class after five hours of racing, ahead of the RS 3 LMS from the BRP Audi Mie team. More podium results were also decided in favour of the TCR touring car in the USA, Germany, Italy, China and Brazil.
AUDI SPORT R8 LMS CUP
The 2019 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup began its season Down Under in front of a record Adelaide 500 crowd of 91,500 people. Two Australians shared the overall honours on the street circuit. Tony Bates took a lights-to-flag victory in the weekend’s opening race, followed by Geoff Emery winning the second heat and taking the lead in the drivers’ standings. Mark Williamson and Anderson Tanoto were the winners in the GT4 category.
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