FOURTH ADAC GT MASTERS TITLE
Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser are the 2019 ADAC GT Masters drivers’ champions. The duo from HCB-Rutronik Racing, after taking its second victory of the season at Hockenheim, netted the fourth title for Audi Sport customer racing in the world’s highest-calibre GT3 series since 2009. Two weeks later at season finale at the Sachsenring, they closed out the season by winning the final race. Adding to these successes was a total of four more podium results for more Audi Sport customers – including two for Montaplast by Land-Motorsport’s pairing of Audi Sport driver Christopher Mies and his teammate Max Hofer, who also won the 2019 Junior drivers’ classification.
Elsewhere in Europe, Audi Sport customers Olimp Racing and the K&K Racing Team dominated the FIA CEZ race weekend at Brno with three 1-2 victories. More podium results for the Audi R8 LMS were also achieved in the VLN Endurance Championship in Germany and the DMV GTC in Belgium.
The success story in GT3 competition was not limited to Europe with the Audi R8 LMS racking up more trophies Down Under and in Asia. In Australia, Geoff Emery and Garth Tander from the Valvoline team won the Australian Endurance Championship drivers’ title at Sandown – adding to Emery’s previous overall Australian GT titles in 2017 and 2018 and he is currently leading the standings ahead of the season’s final two rounds. Two Audi victories in GT-1 Australia rounded out the success Down Under. In New Zealand, the International Motorsport team took victory in the season opener of the South Island Endurance Series at Teretonga with the defending champion Neil Foster and teammate Jonny Reid. They led home an Audi 1-2 with Track Tec Racing finishing second.
The September highlight in Asia was the second race win of the year in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia thanks to Martin Rump and Weiron Tan winning for Audi Sport Asia Team Absolut Racing at the Shanghai season finale. In other Asian races, the Audi R8 LMS carried Audi Sport customers to victory in the Super Taikyu Series and in the Chinese Circuit Hero Series, which also included class drivers’ titles for David Chen and Ma Ka Chun at Zhuhai.
Following various public appearances, the latest member of the Audi Sport customer racing family, the new 640-hp Audi R8 LMS GT2, celebrated a successful race debut in Spain. At the Blancpain GT Sports Club season finale on the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, James Sofronas together with Audi Sport Team WRT finished on the overall podium with third place in the new sports car’s very first race.
The GT4 version of the Audi R8 LMS continues on top in North America and achieved trophies in Europe. With second place in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Laguna Seca, Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal from Carbahn with Peregrine Racing extended their advantage in the drivers’ standings before the season finale in October.
In Europe, Saintéloc Racing’s Fabien Michal and Grégory Guilvert defended their lead in the drivers’ standings of GT4 France at Magny-Cours, whilst the Steller Performance team won the GT4 class in the final race of the British GT Championship with drivers Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding at Donington. Additional podium results were scored by Audi Sport customers in the ADAC GT4 Germany and GT Cup Open Europe.
The first victory for the Audi RS 3 LMS in TCR Japan led a successful month for the TCR touring car from the brand with the four rings in Asia. Takuro Shinohara from Hitotsuyama Racing won both of the series’ races at Okayama and took the lead of the drivers’ standings with one race to go. In China, Felipe Souza won the Circuit Hero One drivers’ title of his class with Champ X T. A Motorsport at Zhuhai. More podiums followed in TCR China and Super Taikyu.
Meanwhile for the Audi RS 3 LMS elsewhere in the world, Roadshagger Racing continued its strong run of form with Gavin Ernstone and Jon Morley taking their first TCR class victory of the season in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Laguna Seca. The duo now heads to the season finale in third place of the drivers’ standings, trailing the leaders by only fourteen points. Audi Sport customers competing with the Audi RS 3 LMS also enjoyed successes in Australia, Denmark, France, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and Germany, where Antti Buri finished third in the ADAC TCR Germany drivers’ standings after the season finale at the Sachsenring.
Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup: Audi Sport Rahel Frey won both of the races at the Nürburgring. She was joined on the podium in the first race by Rudolf Rhyn and Tim Reiter, followed in the second race by Reiter and Robin Rogalski. Rogalski travels as the leader of the drivers’ standings to the season finale at Hockenheim in October.
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