FIRST TITLES OF 2018

Audi Sport customer racing celebrated its first titles of 2018 during the month of August – most notably marking the first title for the Audi R8 LMS GT4. The newest model from Audi Sport customer racing was also victorious on its debut in Canada, along with more success for the Audi R8 LMS and the Audi RS 3 LMS around the world.
The final SprintX race weekend of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge saw two titles being decided in favour of Audi customer teams in Utah. GMG Racing’s duo of James Sofronas and Alex Welch won the drivers’ title in the GTS class of the SprintX classification with an Audi R8 LMS GT4 – the maiden title in the car’s first full season of competition. 
At the same event, Parker Chase and Ryan Dalziel, behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS from TruSpeed AutoSport, added another championship triumph to Audi Sport customer racing’s tally for 2018: the GT Pro/Am drivers’ title in the SprintX classification.
The success for the Audi R8 LMS GT4 in North America continued with the car taking two class victories on its debut in the Canadian Touring Car Championship in Trois-Rivières with driver Malcolm Strachan from New Road Automotive Group by Speedstar Motorsport, who won again at Mosport two weeks later. With increased sales in the country, Audi Sport customer racing Canada has been established as the fifth satellite for Audi Sport customer racing for its worldwide customer support activities, following the bases in Asia, Japan, Australia and the USA.
The Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup rounds at Brands Hatch and Misano saw Kris Heidorn remaining unbeatable as he piloted his Audi R8 LMS GT4 to first place in both races at each of the two events, increasing his tally to nine overall victories in ten races – edging ever closer to becoming the champion with one event remaining. 
In addition to the title in the Pirelli World Challenge, the Audi R8 LMS also enjoyed more success during the eighth month of 2018. In the Land of the Rising Sun, Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing celebrated a third-place finish in the ten-hour race held on the legendary Japanese circuit of Suzuka – the third round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge. In China, Audi customers won in the GT Masters Asia in Shanghai, whilst Down Under, victories were also achieved in the Australian GT Trophy Series and GT-1 Australia series.
Back in Germany, Team I.S.R. won its first ADAC GT Masters race at the Nürburgring – the third victory for the brand with the four rings in this series so far this year. Elsewhere in Europe, Marcin Jedliński and Jan Brunstedt each respectively continued their winning streaks in the FIA CEZ and Swedish GT Championship. 
The Audi RS 3 LMS achieved two class victories in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Green Hell with Møller Bil Motorsport and Bonk Motorsport each winning at the Nürburgring. In the Netherlands, Niels Langeveld from Racing One led an Audi one-two victory in the ADAC TCR Germany at Zandvoort. This, together with more recent podium finishes for the young Dutchman, has contributed to him achieving a decisive step in his title aspirations by taking the lead in the drivers’ standings with only two events remaining. Aleksey Dudukalo from the Lukoil Racing Team led an Audi one-two-three in TCR Russia at Moscow Raceway, with third-placed Dmitry Bragin extending his lead in the drivers’ standings. In the FIA CEZ, Krenek Motorsport’s Václav Nimč jr. continued his strong form by scoring his first two class victories of the season.
The success story for the Audi RS 3 LMS in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge continued with TCR class wins at Road America and Virginia International Raceway, with Compass Racing and eEuroparts.com Racing each taking the honours at the two rounds, respectively. With only two races remaining, the battle for the title is very tight with just four points separating Compass Racing’s two driver pairings of Rodrigo Sales and Kuno Wittmer, and their teammates Britt Casey jr. and Tom Long.

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