The Audi R8 LMS took its first win in the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge in the Suzuka 10 Hours in Japan. Audi Sport Team WRT won the endurance race with Audi Sport drivers Kelvin van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor and Frédéric Vervisch. Vervisch now sits in third place and has real title chances in the drivers’ standings with a deficit of only six points to the leaders.
Elsewhere in Asia, the Audi R8 LMS enjoyed two race wins in the Thailand Super Series with B-Quik Racing taking wins with each of its two Audi R8 LMS cars in Bangsaen and will travel to the season finale as the title favourites. Meanwhile, Team TKR took a class win in the China Endurance Championship. Audi Sport customers were also on top of the podium in Australian club racing.
In Europe, back-to-back ADAC GT Masters race weekends at Zandvoort and the Nürburgring were highlighted by a 1-2 victory and the strengthening of the championship lead. Montaplast by Land-Motorsport clinched a 1-2 triumph with Audi Sport driver Dries Vanthoor and Ricardo Feller sharing the race-winning Audi R8 LMS. After scoring points at Zandvoort and two podium finishes at the Nürburgring a week later, Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser, together with HCB-Rutronik Racing, continue to lead the drivers’ and teams’ standings with two events to go.
The Audi R8 LMS also took Audi Sport customers to more success on the continent with victories in the DMV GTC and Eset V4 Cup, and podium results in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe and the VLN Endurance Championship.
The GT4 version of the Audi R8 LMS won its first title in Canada. Speedstar Motorsport’s Parker Thompson won the drivers’ title of the Canadian Touring Car Championship’s GT Sport class after winning seven of the season’s first eight races. Thompson’s teammate, Nathan Blok, also piloted the Audi R8 LMS GT4 to a victory at the Mosport season finale.
The North American success for the GT4 race car from Audi Sport continued when Carbahn with Peregrine Racing extended its stronghold on the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge’s GS class drivers’ standings with Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal, who finished second in Virginia. Rearden Racing rounded off the success on the continent by taking a runner-up result in Pirelli GT4 America SprintX at Watkins Glen.
In Germany, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 clinched its first podium finish in the ADAC GT4 Germany at Zandvoort, where Markus Lungstrass and Mike Beckhusen shone with a strong fightback in the second race to finish third after having started from nineteenth on the grid.
Following its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 had a busy August that included its US debut. Beginning with an appearance at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix at the Nürburgring, the latest model in the Audi Sport customer racing family was on display in Germany before its first trip to the USA. A three-day showing at the Monterey Car Week together with Tom Kristensen included the “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering”, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The Audi RS 3 LMS enjoyed a successful month worldwide. Fast MD Racing won in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in Virginia and McCann Racing finished on top of the two TC America races at Watkins Glen – adding to podium results in the Canadian Touring Car Championship.
The TCR race car’s success in Europe included victories in TCR Scandinavia, TCR Italy, TCR DSG Endurance, TCR Russia, together with podium results in these series, as well as in the VLN Endurance Championship and the ADAC TCR Germany – wherein Antti Buri from AS Motorsport continues to lead the drivers’ standings.
In Australia, Audi Sport driver and FIA WTCR competitor Jean-Karl Vernay took a TCR Australia victory for Melbourne Performance Centre at Queensland Raceway. Vernay’s teammate Russell Ingall added three more podium trophies to the tally in Queensland and another one at Winton Raceway four weeks later.
The success was rounded off by a dominant victory for the Audi RS 3 LMS in the China Endurance Championship. New Faster Racing won its class with a one-lap advantage at Shanghai.
Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup: The fourth event of the Asian one-make cup saw Andrew Haryanto and Bhurit Bhirombhakdi each taking a victory at Suzuka. Yasser Shahin travels as the leader of the drivers’ standings to the season finale at Sepang in November, where five drivers will still have mathematical title chances. In the GT4 class, the Japanese Shozo Tagahara on his Cup debut celebrated a class win in both rounds with Audi Team AS Sport.
Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup: Maximilian Paul proved to be unbeatable at the Lausitzring and also one week later at Autodrom Most. The 19-year-old up-and-coming driver clinched all of the pole positions and race victories at the two events. Pole Robin Rogalski successfully defended his lead in the drivers’ classification with two race weekends remaining on the calendar.
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