Audi Sport Team Phoenix was triumphed in the 47th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, which was thrilling up until the last second. Audi Sport drivers Pierre Kaffer, Frank Stippler, Dries Vanthoor and Frédéric Vervisch piloted the race-winning Audi R8 LMS to victory with a one-lap advantage – marking the fifth victory for the GT3 sports car in this classic endurance race since 2012. In the SP8 class, Giti Tire Motorsport by RaceIng finished in first place with an Audi R8 LMS.
Major GT racing achievements in Italy and Austria further emphasised the success in Europe. In Italy, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT celebrated the first win of the Audi R8 LMS in the Blancpain GT Series this year. Audi Sport driver Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts won the weekend’s second Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe race – with the 18-year-old Weerts becoming the youngest race winner in the series’ history. At the third race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters in Austria, HCB-Rutronik Racing was back on the podium with Audi Sport driver Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser. At the Red Bull Ring the duo improved from eighth on the grid to finish third in the second race – successfully defending their lead in the drivers’ standings, whilst HCB-Rutronik Racing remains on top of the teams’ classification. Elsewhere in Europe, Audi Sport customers celebrated victories and podiums in Germany and Poland.
Down Under, the three-hour Australian GT Championship race at Phillip Island was won by Geoff Emery and Garth Tander from the Valvoline team. The Audi R8 LMS also took customers to victories in Australian club racing during the month of June. The International Motorsport team won the final round of the North Island Endurance Series in New Zealand, making it two wins in three races for Neil Foster and Jonny Reid in their Audi R8 LMS.
More success was also achieved by Audi Sport customers in Asia, where B-Quik Racing’s Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilski are leading the Thailand Super Series drivers’ standings after winning the second race in Buriram. Podium finishes for the Zun Motorsport Crew in China rounded out the Asian success.
Parker Thompson and Speedstar Motorsport remain unbeaten in the Canadian Touring Car Championship with an Audi R8 LMS GT4 after adding four more race wins to their season’s score in Calabogie and Shannonville, making it a total of six wins in six races. In the GT4 America West competition, Rearden Racing won its second race of the season at Sonoma Raceway and Carbahn Motorsports took its third successive IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge podium finish at Watkins Glen.
In Europe, Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing finished second in the SP8 class of the Nürburgring 24 Hours with an Audi R8 LMS GT4, completing an Audi 1-2 in the class. The DMV GTC races at the same venue witnessed Phoenix Racing taking two victories in its class, whilst in Spain, Willi Motorsport took the class honours in the Campeonato de España de Resistencia at Valencia.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 also celebrated podiums with Absolute Racing on its debut in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia at Suzuka in Japan, where Anderson Tanoto and Mark Williamson clinched a third and second position in the GT4 classification of the two races.
The German round of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season, which was part of the supporting programme of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, provided the best event to date for the Audi RS 3 LMS in 2019. The four Audi Sport drivers Gordon Shedden, Jean-Karl Vernay, Frédéric Vervisch and Niels Langeveld scored a total of ninety points, which included two runner-up podium finishes for Frédéric Vervisch. Antti Buri also performed well as a guest entrant in the FIA WTCR races at the Nürburgring, only two weeks after his successful ADAC TCR Germany weekend in Austria. Thanks to a third place and a victory in the two races at the Red Bull Ring, the Finnish driver from LMS Racing took the lead of the ADAC TCR Germany drivers’ standings.
The success for the Audi RS 3 LMS in Europe continued with the first 1-2 victory in TCR Europe, a victory and podiums in TCR Scandinavia, a class podium in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, as well as more top three results in Italy and Russia.
Outside of Europe, June was highlighted by Team DreamDrive winning its class in the Super Taikyu’s Fuji 24 Hours – making it three wins in a row for the Audi RS 3 LMS in the series this year and the second consecutive class victory for the TCR race car in this 24-hour race. The Audi RS 3 LMS also took a class wins in Canada and Brazil, as well as more podium results in the USA, Australia, Japan and China.
Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup: The Asian one-make cup visited China for its third round of the season. At Shanghai, Anthony Liu was unbeatable with two pole positions and both race victories, whilst Yasser Shahin continues to lead the drivers’ standings. The GT4 category saw the honours going to Sheng Yanwen in both of the races.
Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup: At Misano, Leonard Hoogenboom dominated the first race and former Audi RS 3 LMS driver Stefano Comini won the second heat in Italy. Two weeks later the one-make cup was part of the supporting programme of the Nürbrugring 24 Hours and saw both race victories being decided in favour of Hoogenboom. Robin Rogalski held onto his lead in the drivers’ standings.
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