WORLDWIDE TCR SUCCESSES
The world tour of the Audi RS 3 LMS in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup kicked off with runner-up results for Audi Sport drivers Jean-Karl Vernay (Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport) and Frédéric Vervisch (Comtoyou Team Audi Sport) in Marrakesh – followed by an additional second place for Vernay in Hungary three weeks later.
In Europe, Audi Sport customers, behind the wheel of Audi RS 3 LMS cars, visited the top step of the rostrums in Italy, Germany and France. Klim Gavrilov (LTA Rally) and Enrico Bettera (Pit Lane Competizioni) shared the race wins in TCR Italy at Monza, and at Mugello, BF Motorsport’s Eric Brigliadori took victory in the first race of the Coppa Italia season. In Germany, the highly competitive ADAC TCR Germany saw Antti Buri from LMS Racing winning the weekend’s second race at Oschersleben, whilst in France, the Motorsport Développement team won the year’s first Trophée Tourisme Endurance race at Val de Vienne. Adding to this were more podium successes achieved by RS 3 LMS entries in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Russia and Hungary, where Gilles Magnus’s strong performance in the joint TCR Europe and TCR Benelux opener at the Hungaroring sees him leading the drivers’ standings in both series.
Elsewhere around the world, the RS 3 LMS also clinched two TCR race victories with McCann Racing in TC America in Virginia, USA, as well as a 1-2 triumph in the Super Taikyu Series with the BRP Audi Mie team winning ahead of Team DreamDrive at Sugo in Japan.
Europe also proved to be a successful hunting ground for the Audi R8 LMS during the fourth month of 2019. A clean sweep was achieved by Audi Sport customers, Olimp Racing and the K&K Racing Team, in the Central European Eset V4 Cup’s first race weekend of the season at the Hungaroring.
In the DMV GTC, Uwe Alzen clinched his second victory of the year at Hockenheim, where Twin Busch Motorsport and HCB-Rutronik Racing also scored podium results in the sprint and Dunlop 60 races. Remaining in Germany, a total of three sets of trophies were decided in favour of the R8 LMS in the first two races of the ADAC GT Masters season at Oschersleben. The first race saw a double podium with HCB-Rutronik Racing finishing runner-up ahead of BWT Mücke Motorsport. One day later, Montaplast by Land-Motorsport collected the weekend’s third podium finish by crossing the line in second position. In Belgium, Phoenix Racing rounded out the European success with a third place in the 24H Series’ Spa 12 Hours.
Long-time Audi Sport customers, B-Quik Racing, enjoyed immediate success in the Thailand Super Series opener at Sepang in Malaysia. Daniel Bilski and Henk Kiks won the second race in their brand-new Audi R8 LMS – adding to three more podium results that were scored by the team at the event. At Mount Panorama in Australia, two overall victories were secured in the CUE Enduro Super Series at Bathurst.
Phoenix Racing opened its season in the GT4 European Series by finishing runner-up at Monza with title defender Nicolaj Møller Madsen and team mate Cédric Freiburghaus behind the wheel. More podium successes were achieved by R8 LMS GT4 drivers in Germany, France and the USA.
The GT4 version of the Audi R8 LMS celebrated victory in Spain, where David Serban from Willi Motorsport took a class win and a runner-up result when the GT-CER Campeonato de España began its season at Navarra. At Hockenheim in Germany, Jean-Luc Weidt scored two class victories in the DMV GTC and Dunlop 60 races.
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