AUDI R8 LMS WINS IN PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE

The first overall victory of the year for the Audi R8 LMS in the Pirelli World Challenge, success in the Spa 24 Hours, an exceptional race win for the Audi RS 3 LMS at Lime Rock and a 24-hour triumph for the Audi R8 LMS GT4 were all part of the Audi Sport customer racing success story during the month of July. 
In its first season with an Audi R8 LMS, the TruSpeed AutoSport team with its driver pairing of Parker Chase and Ryan Dalziel, who are entered in the Pro/Am class, celebrated overall victory in a GT SprintX race at the Grand Prix of Portland. The duo is well poised in their bid for the class title. 
Audi Sport customer racing took third place on the podium in the overall classification in the 70th running of the Spa 24 Hours. The brothers Sheldon and Kelvin van der Linde finished third together with Jeffrey Schmidt. 
At the same time, victory for the competitors registered in the Intercontinental GT Challenge went to the Audi R8 LMS. Audi Sport Team Saintéloc, which had won the Spa 24 Hours last year, claimed this win with the three Audi Sport drivers Christopher Haase, Frédéric Vervisch and Markus Winkelhock.
The Audi R8 LMS was also successful in China, Germany and Australia as the year began its second half. Both of the GT Masters Asia’s season-opening races at Ningbo were decided in favour of Singha Plan-B by Absolute Racing, whilst during the same weekend, Kings Racing won the two China GT Championship races in Beijing. In the DMV GTC, the Audi customers continued their strong showing by collecting two sprint race victories at Hockenheim, including a one-two-three triumph. Down Under, Ryan How dominated all three Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships races at Sandown.    
The Audi RS 3 LMS remains the car to beat in the TCR class of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with two more wins during the seventh month of 2018. At Mosport in Canada, Britt Casey jr. and Tom Long from Compass Racing won their third race of the season with an RS 3 LMS. Two weeks later, a wheelchair-bound Audi privateer driver achieved his first victory in automobile racing: JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson and Michael Johnson, who has been paralysed from the waist down since a motorcycle accident at age twelve, won at Lime Rock.
Back in Canada, Mark Motors Racing and Alphasonic Motorsport each took a victory with the RS 3 LMS in the two Canadian Touring Car Championship races at Shannonville. Moving south, the MC Tubarão team took their second class win with an RS 3 LMS in the Brazilian Endurance Championship at Tarumã. In Europe, victories were also achieved in TCR Italy, the DMV GTC and the Portuguese Hillclimb Championship. Elsewhere, the RS 3 LMS also triumphed in TCR Russia and in the GT Masters Asia in China. 
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 took its second class win of the year in the 24H GT Series. Following Phoenix Racing’s class victory at the Dubai 24 Hours in January, Fox Motorsport won the GT4 class in the 24-hour race at Portimão. For Phoenix Racing, July saw the team clinching its third race win in the GT4 European Series, this time at Spa with the same duo of Milan Dontje and Nicolaj Møller Madsen, who together hold the runner-up position in the drivers’ standings. 

JULY

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