The second race win of the year for the Audi RS 3 LMS in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, a festival of motorsport at the Nürburgring and the celebration of 10 years of Audi Sport customer racing.
The second weekend of May witnessed a motorsport festival of Audi Sport customer racing at the Nürburgring. The gruelling 24-hour race was also the occasion for the celebration of ten years of Audi Sport customer racing, a round of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and the European debut of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup that has its roots in Asia.
The best-placed Audi R8 LMS finished sixth overall after 24 hours of racing, the no. 1 Audi R8 LMS from Audi Sport Team Land driven by Kelvin van der Linde, Sheldon van der Linde, Christopher Mies and René Rast.
Like last year, Bonk Motorsport clinched a podium finish. Hermann Bock, Max Partl, Rainer Partl and Volker Piepmeyer finished third in their class in an Audi RS 3 LMS.
Audi Sport Team Comtoyou achieved its breakthrough in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup at the Nürburgring. In the series’ third event, Frédéric Vervisch on clinching a third and a second place celebrated his first two podium results.
The European debut of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup witnessed both races being won by Bhurit Bhirombhakdi in an Audi R8 LMS. Stefan Wieninger, driving an Audi R8 LMS GT4, won both of the weekend’s races in the one-make cup’s new-for-2018 GT4 classification.
At Zandvoort, Jean-Karl Vernay and the Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team clinched the second race victory for the brand with the four rings in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. The Frenchman held his nerves during a testing weekend and won the third race from pole position.
The Audi R8 LMS was in front at Brands Hatch. The second race weekend of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup saw Belgian Audi Club Team WRT finishing first and second in both races. Dries Vanthoor and Will Stevens won the first race, leading home an Audi one-two ahead of their WRT teammates Alex Riberas and Christopher Mies. A one-two-three triumph for Audi in the second race: Stuart Leonard and Frédéric Vervisch won the race ahead of teammates Riberas and Mies, and the third-placed duo of Steijn Schothorst and Kelvin van der Linde from Attempto Racing.
More success was achieved by the Audi R8 LMS down under: Audi privateers Tony Bates and Geoff Emery each won a race in the Australian GT Championship at Sandown. In the Australian GT Trophy Series at Sandown, two class wins were decided in favour of Nick Kelly and one for Rio Nugara, both driving Audi R8 LMS ultra cars.
In the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships at Phillip Island, Vince Muriti piloted his Audi R8 LMS ultra to victory in the weekend’s first race. At Wakefield Park, Daniel Gaunt piloted an Audi R8 LMS to victory in both of the CAMS NSW Production Sports Car Championship races.
Kings Racing picked up where they left off by dominating the China GT Championship season opener at Zhuhai. The opening race was won by the team’s duo of reigning champion Xu Jia and Alessio Picariello. Kings Racing’s Wang Liang and Will Bamber led an Audi one-two triumph in the second race ahead of Cai Huibang and David Chen from the Tianshi Racing Team.
Marcin Jedliński enjoyed a successful weekend at the Red Bull Ring. In an Audi R8 LMS from Olimp Racing, he won both sprint races and the endurance race of the FIA CEZ in Spielberg.
In the DMV GTC at the same venue, Fabian Plentz from HCB-Rutronik Racing won the second sprint race and, together with Kevin Arnold, Plentz won the Dunlop 60 race. In an Audi RS 3 LMS, Arnold won his class in both sprints.
Optimum Motorsport participated in the GT Cup Championship at Brands Hatch and proceeded to win all three races during the weekend with an Audi R8 LMS shared by Bradley Ellis and Oliver Wilkinson.
The new Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, running exclusively with Audi R8 LMS GT4 cars, held its opening two race weekends during May. Kris Heidorn was unbeatable during the season opener at Hockenheim, whilst Heidorn and Bartosz Paziewski shared the race wins at the Lausitzring two weeks later.
Phoenix Racing clinched its second race win of the season in the GT4 European Cup when its duo of Milan Dontje and Nicolaj Møller Madsen won the first race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.
A 1-2-3-4-5-6 result was achieved by the Audi RS 3 LMS at Mid-Ohio. Compass Racing clinched its third class win in succession in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The duo of Rodrigo Sales and Kuno Wittmer led an 1-2-3 for the team, ahead of the RS 3 LMS entries from JDC-Miller MotorSports, eEuroparts.com Racing and RS Werkes Racing.
The second race weekend of the SMP Russian Circuit Raing Series at the Smolenskring saw an Audi RS 3 LMS crossing the finish line in first place. Reigning champion, Dmitry Bragin, won the second in TCR Russia race with an RS 3 LMS from Taif Motorsport.