THIRD INTERCONTINENTAL GT CHALLENGE TITLE

October saw Audi clinching its third consecutive manufacturers’ title in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the premiere of the new Audi R8 LMS and more titles around the world.   
In a spectacular fourth and final round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge, Audi Sport Team Land led an Audi R8 LMS one-two victory in the California 8 Hours at Laguna Seca. The trio of Christopher Haase, Kelvin van der Linde and Christopher Mies won the race ahead of Audi Sport Team WRT – winning the third consecutive manufacturers’ title for Audi.

The Paris Motor Show was the occasion for the unveiling of the new evolution of the Audi R8 LMS for GT3 racing. Only four days thereafter, Car Collection Motorsport took second place in the SP-X class on the car’s international race debut in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. Two weeks later, the VLN season finale witnessed the new R8 LMS taking its first class victory with Montaplast by Land-Motorsport.

 

The Audi customers racing with the R8 LMS added more titles to the success story of the 2018 season. In Germany, Kevin Arnold won the DMV GTC Dunlop 60 classification for HCB-Rutronik Racing at Hockenheim, where Audi customers also won the DMV GTC sprint races. At Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the 24H GT Series’ junior class title was clinched by Max Edelhoff from Car Collection Motorsport. Luis Monzón rounded out the European title-winning success by securing his second crown in the Canary Islands Hillclimb Championship. Audi Sport Italia finished its year on a high by taking victory in two of the final four races of the Italian GT Championship with Bar Baruch ending the season in third place.
Down Under in New Zealand and Australia, the R8 LMS continued its strong form. With victory in the final endurance race of the year, Geoff Emery won his second consecutive Australian GT Championship drivers’ title at Hampton Downs. The International Motorsport team celebrated a third race win in succession for Neil Foster on his way to claiming the South Island Endurance Series drivers’ title. Next door in Australia, the Audi customers proved to be dominant in the GT-1 Australia round in Sydney.
In China at Shanghai, the China GT Championship was decided in favour of Xu Jia and Alessio Picariello from the Kings team. At the same venue, Absolute Racing won the inaugural SIC888 Endurance Race with an Audi one-two success.

Following the Pirelli World Challenge GTS and GT4 European Series titles, the GT4 France honours also went to the Audi R8 LMS GT4. Saintéloc Racing clinched the Pro Am teams’ and drivers’ classifications with the duo of Gregory Guilvert and Fabien Michal at the Le Castellet season finale. Class-winning success followed in Europe with victories for Audi customers in German club racing.

 

Endurance success was also on the menu for the R8 LMS GT4 with class wins in China, Belgium and the USA. Absolute Racing won the GT4 class in the SIC888 Endurance Race at Shanghai, followed by Fox Motorsport adding another GT4 victory to its tally in the 24H GT Series at Spa-Francorchamps. Rearden Racing rounded out the GT4 success by winning in the California 8 Hours.
The eighth race weekend of the 2018 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup turned into a dream outing for the Audi RS 3 LMS in Wuhan, China. The Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team won two races, one each for Jean-Karl Vernay and Gordon Shedden, who took his first FIA WTCR victory whilst leading home an Audi one-two-three result.
Teams and drivers campaigning the RS 3 LMS celebrated titles in Russia, the USA and Europe. The TCR Russia season concluded with Taif Motorsport’s Dmitry Bragin taking his second consecutive drivers’ title with Audi. The TCR class teams’, drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge were won respectively by Compass Racing, the duo of Britt Casey jr. and Tom Long, and Audi. In Germany, Kevin Arnold added the DMV GTC Class 6 drivers’ crown to his tally.
The TCR Europe and TCR Benelux finale in Barcelona concluded with the Leopard Lukoil Team and driver Jean-Karl Vernay winning the TCR Benelux teams’ and drivers’ classifications. Vernay was also the runner-up in TCR Europe. This success was achieved even though Vernay missed rounds in both classifications during the 2018 season.
Added to these successes were a combination of overall and class wins achieved by Audi customers fielding the RS 3 LMS in China, Denmark, Italy and Brazil.  
The Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup’s penultimate race weekend at Shanghai saw Bhurit Bhirombhakdi and Sun Jingzu sharing the overall victories, with Bhirombhakdi continuing to lead the drivers’ classification ahead of the season finale at Sepang in Malaysia. Both GT4 class wins went to Zexuan Liu, whilst Anderson Tanoto won the GT4 drivers’ title with one event to spare.

OCTOBER

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