AUDI R8 LMS GT4 ON TOP
October proved to be very successful for the Audi R8 LMS GT4. The drivers’ and teams’ titles of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class went to CarBahn with Peregrine Racing and its duo of Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal at Road Atlanta – the first IMSA title for the GT4 sports car from Audi Sport. The North American success also included the Pirelli GT4 America West amateur title for Rearden Racing’s Vesko Kozarov and Jeff Burton.
On the other side of the Atlantic at Le Castellet in France, Gregory Guilvert and Fabien Michal from Saintéloc Racing clinched the title in Europe’s most demanding national GT4 series – GT4 France, which the pairing won for the second year in a row. Elsewhere in Europe, the R8 LMS GT4 carried Audi Sport customers to success in the Campeonato de España de Resistencia at Jarama and the DMV GTC at Hockenheim.
The first titles in Thailand was the highlight for the Audi R8 LMS. Long-time Audi Sport customer B-Quik Racing took a 1-2 victory and two titles at the Thailand Super Series finale in Buriram. Martin Rump and Sandy Stuvik took one race win and one runner-up finish in the two races. This secured the drivers’ title for Stuvik, whilst B-Quik Racing won the teams’ title. Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilski had already won the AM title ahead of the finale.
In New Zealand, the Audi R8 LMS was not to be beaten in the South Island Endurance Series. With two rounds taking place in October, Track Tec Racing won at Highlands with Dale Chapman, Marc Doran and Andrew Waite, followed by the International Motorsport team’s duo of Neil Foster and Jonny Reid leading an Audi 1-2-3 triumph at Timaru two weeks later. After the R8 LMS won the opening three rounds of the series, the finale in November will decide the title with three Audi crews occupying the first three positions in the standings. The results also kept on coming Down Under, with more visits to the podium in Australian club racing.
The tally of trophies elsewhere in the world also included a GTD-class runner-up finish for Montaplast by Land-Motorsport in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale at Road Atlanta, Richard Chlad jr. dominating and winning the Eset V4 Cup titles, two 1-2-3 victories in the DMV GTC/Dunlop 60 at Hockenheim and a VLN Endurance Championship podium for Phoenix Racing at the Nürburgring.
The Audi RS 3 LMS continued as a winning model in touring car racing and took five titles. The manufacturers’ title went to Audi in the TCR classification of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at the Road Atlanta season finale, where JDC-Miller MotorSports and Fast MD Racing finished on the podium in second and third. In Europe, Brink Motorsport won the TCR Scandinavia teams’ title and Jacopo Guidetti and Edoardo Barbolini from BF Motorsport won the Coppa Italia TCR drivers’ title in Italy. The title-winning story was rounded off by the New Faster team and Huang Chu Han wining the TCR China teams’ and drivers’ titles at Zhuzhou.
Audi Sport driver Niels Langeveld celebrated his first podium finish in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup at Suzuka in Japan. The Dutchman from Comtoyou Team Audi Sport led the first race shortly after the start and went on to finish runner-up.
Additional worldwide podium results were achieved in Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the USA.
Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup: Robin Rogalski won the 2019 Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup drivers’ title at the Hockenheim season finale. Audi Sport driver Rahel Frey won the final two races and was joined on the podium by Rudolf Rhyn, Tim Reiter and Mike Beckhusen. Robin Rogalski only needed fourth place in the first and sixth in the second race to win the one-make cup title, which secured the German with Polish roots a test in the Audi RS 5 DTM.
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