NEW GT RACING DIMENSION

The world premiere of the Audi R8 LMS GT2, the newest family member of the Audi Sport customer racing family, highlighted the month of July, which also saw victories and podiums scored by Audi Sport customers in GT3, GT4 and TCR competition around the world

Audi R8 LMS GT2 on display

Fuel consumption combined*: 13.1 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined*: 298–297 g/km

Fuel consumption combined*: 13.1 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined*: 298–297 g/km

GT2

Audi Sport customer racing has expanded its model line-up with the new GT2 sports car: For the first time, the brand offers its customers four race cars that are for sale.

Audi R8 LMS GT2 being unveiled

The new Audi R8 LMS GT2 was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen twice piloted the new GT racing machine up the famous hillclimb. Three weeks later, the car made a strong impression at the Spa 24 Hours. It led the downtown parade, fascinated fans whilst on display in the paddock and acted as the leading car on track before the formation lap of the 24-hour race itself. The new R8 LMS GT2 is aimed at the new GT2 category that will come to life in the 2020 season.

Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack

GT3

July for the Audi R8 LMS was highlighted by victories in Blancpain GT competition in Asia and Europe. At the Fuji Speedway in Japan, Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute scored the first win of the season for the R8 LMS in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia. The duo of Weiron Tan and Martin Rump won the race, following their runner-up finish the day before. In Europe, the success continued in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe at Zandvoort, where Saintéloc Racing won its first race of the year with Audi Sport driver Christopher Haase and his teammate Simon Gachet.

 

Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack

At the Spa 24 Hours, the crown jewel of the Blancpain GT Series and also the third round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC), Audi Sport made a clear step forward in the standings. After 24 hours of hard competition in the race that started with eleven Audi R8 LMS cars on the record grid with a total of 72 starters, the driver trio of Christopher Haase, Frédéric Vervisch and Markus Winkelhock from Audi Sport Team Saintéloc finished fourth overall – taking third place amongst the IGTC entrants. With this result, Haase reduced his deficit to the IGTC points’ leader from 23 down to only 12 points.

Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack

In the DMV DTC at Hockenheim, the fifth round of the season, the Audi Sport customers enjoyed a dominant weekend with all of the podium places being decided in favour of Audi R8 LMS drivers. The GT3 sports car from the brand with the four rings also added more success to its tally in Croatia, Portugal, Italy and the Czech Republic. Outside of Europe, the Australian GT Championship saw Geoff Emery defending his lead in the drivers’ standings.

Audi R8 LMS GT4 on the racetrack

GT4

The GT4 version of the Audi R8 LMS took its pilots to tremendous victories in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as into the lead of the standings in the USA. At Zandvoort, Phoenix Racing celebrated the first Audi victory in the GT4 European Series this season with reigning champion Nicolaj Møller Madsen and Cédric Freiburghaus. In GT4 France at Spa, Saintéloc Racing overcame a setback in qualifying to storm from 38th place on the grid to clinch victory on the legendary Belgium circuit, retaking the lead in the drivers’ standings, which the duo had lost the day before. The trophies in Europe were rounded off by a VLN class podium for Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing.

Audi R8 LMS GT4 on the racetrack

Lime Rock witnessed Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal from Carbahn Motorsports taking the lead of the GS class drivers’ standings for the first time in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, after the duo finished runner-up in the two-hour race. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 was also successful in the Pirelli GT4 America West racing series in Portland.

Audi RS 3 LMS on the racetrack

TCR

A string of victories for the Audi RS 3 LMS was headlined by its first triumph Down Under. Garth Tander won in TCR Australia at The Bend Motorsport Park with an RS 3 LMS from the Melbourne Performance Centre team. Tander then backed up this result with two runner-up finishes during the weekend.

Audi RS 3 LMS on the racetrack

Following four third and two second places clinched by the Audi RS 3 LMS in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, the first win came at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Mikey Taylor and Britt Casey Jr. won the TCR class for the JDC-Miller MotorSports team. Audi Sport customers relying on the RS 3 LMS also tasted victory in Germany, China, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Croatia and Brazil.

JULI

Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack
Audi R8 LMS GT4 on the racetrack
Audi RS 3 LMS on the racetrack

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