A MONTH OF FIRSTS FOR THE AUDI RS 3 LMS

The sixth month of 2018 marked a string of successes for the Audi RS 3 LMS, with the customer touring car clinching its first victories in Brazil, Japan, Sweden, Canada and TCR Europe, in addition to more race wins around the world. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 also celebrated a premiere by taking the top spot in China for the first time, whilst the Audi R8 LMS continued to collect trophies worldwide. 
In its second full season of competition, the Audi RS 3 LMS has added South America to its list of successful continents, when the MC Tubarão team took victory in the Brazilian Endurance Championship at Interlagos. In the Land of the Rising Sun, the touring car was victorious for the first time in the TCR class of the Japanese Super Taikyu Series with the BRP Audi Mie team – marking the second 24-hour success for the RS 3 LMS following class victory at the 2017 Dubai 24 Hours. Two more race wins were achieved on either side of the Atlantic: Brink Motorsport with Tobias Brink in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and Marco Cirone from Mark Motors Racing in the Canadian Touring Car Championship.
Jean-Karl Vernay from the Leopard Lukoil Team stood on the top step of the TCR Europe podium at Spa, the first win for the brand with the four rings in the series. The RS 3 LMS also enjoyed race-winning success in the ADAC TCR Germany, the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, the new China Endurance Championship, TCR Russia, the DMV GTC, the Chinese Circuit Hero Series and the Portuguese Hillclimb Championship. 
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT added more trophies to its tally in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at Misano, winning both races and leading a 1-2-3-4 triumph for the Audi R8 LMS. Suzuka in Japan witnessed the first R8 LMS victory of the season in the Blancpain GT Series Asia thanks to Absolute Racing. 
Back in Europe, the Audi R8 LMS was also on top in Italy, Germany and Poland. Audi Sport Italia took its second victory of the season in the Italian GT Championship at Misano and the DMV GTC saw Audi customers taking three sprint race and both Dunlop 60 wins at the Nürburgring and Monza. Marcin Jedliński was unbeatable in the FIA CEZ on home soil at Poznań and Jan Brunstedt scored two Swedish GT wins at Anderstorp. 
Down Under, Tony Bates and Daniel Gaunt prevailed with an Audi R8 LMS in the Australian GT Championship at Phillip Island – putting Bates into the lead of the overall drivers’ standings, whilst Audi customers added two more race wins to the scoreboard in the Australian GT Trophy Series at the same event. More success was also achieved in Australian club racing. 
In China, Kings Racing clinched two China GT Championship race wins at Zhejiang and more trophies were won by Audi customers in the new China Endurance Championship and in the Circuit Hero Series.
The youngest racing model from Audi Sport customer racing, the Audi R8 LMS GT4, added China to its list of successes during June. On the car’s debut in the country, Kings Racing won the GT4 class in the China GT Championship at Zhejiang. The car was driven by Martin Rump and lady racer, Zhang Ran. 
On the other side of the world, another young woman stood on top of the podium: Phoenix Racing triumphed on its debut in the GT4 Central European Cup at the Nürburgring with an R8 LMS GT4 driven by Audi Sport TT Cup graduate Gosia Rdest and Óscar Tunjo. In Budapest, Kris Heidorn continued his dominance in the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup by taking both race wins in Hungary, making it a total of five victories for him in the first six races of the year. 

JUNE

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