THREE TITLES DOWN UNDER
Geoff Emery clinched the title for the Audi R8 LMS in Australia. He won the Australian GT Championship drivers’ title for the third consecutive time at the season finale, hosted at Sandown Raceway. For Emery, it was the second title this year after he, together with Garth Tander, won the Australian Endurance Championship in September. As a result, Audi Sport customer racing and the Melbourne Performance Centre fielding team have experienced their most successful season so far on the fifth continent, because never before have both titles gone to an Audi driver. More victories and podiums were also achieved by Audi Sport customers in Australian club racing.
In New Zealand, the titles kept on coming for the GT3 sports car from Audi Sport customer racing. The International Motorsport team secured a tremendous achievement with Neil Foster and Jonny Reid. The duo won the three-hour drivers’ title of the South Island Endurance Series at Ruapuna, leading an Audi 1-2-3 in the standings for Audi Sport customers. Two weeks later, Foster and Reid took victory in the three-hour New Zealand Endurance Championship at Hampton Downs against the best teams from the North and South Islands.
Car Collection Motorsport finished third overall in the 24H Series race in Austin after 24 hours of competition. In the Championship of the Continents, the German team additionally won the A6 Am teams’ classification for GT sports cars, while Elmar Grimm and Dr. Johannes Kirchhoff decided the A6 drivers’ classification in their favour.
After two years of racing and much success worldwide, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 has been updated for 2020 and seamlessly reflects the new look of the R8 family. The GT4 race car made its first public appearance at the Audi Sport customer racing Race Night, where Audi Sport also honoured its best drivers with some 200 guests from America, Asia and Europe.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 saw success in Spain, South Africa and the USA. David Serban from Willi Motorsport won his class in the Campeonato de España Resistencia season finale at Barcelona, and in doing so, clinched the class 3 drivers’ title. In South Africa, Marius Jackson took the first victory for Audi Sport customer racing in Africa by winning Class D of the Extreme Supercars racing series event at Zwartkops. Rounding off the success was CarBahn with Peregrine Racing with a runner-up finish in class in the Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore endurance race at Sebring.
The Audi RS 3 LMS enjoyed a successful month in Asia. The BRP team headlined the victories by winning the Super Taikyu TCR title with drivers Yuya Ota, Takeshi Matsumoto and Takuro Shinohara – after the trio won the TCR class of the season finale at Okayama. In Macau, Jean-Karl Vernay took home a third-placed trophy for Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, whilst Filipe Souza from Champ X TA Motorsport took class victory in the Macau Touring Car Cup. A 1-2-3 triumph in class in the China Endurance Championship closed the tally in Asia.
The inaugural FIA Motorsport Games at Vallelunga saw the touring car race wins going to two Audi RS 3 LMS drivers. Russian Klim Gavrilov (Carville Racing) and Belgian Gilles Magnus (Comtoyou Racing) won the two races respectively. Gavrilov clinched the gold medal in the Touring Car Cup. This helped Russia to win the overall classification of the FIA Motorsport Games, which consists of six different categories.
More trophies were collected by Audi Sport customers in Brazil, New Zealand and the USA.
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Yasser Shahin won the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup drivers’ title at the season finale In Malaysia. The race wins were shared by Shahin and Andrew Haryanto, but fifth place for Shahin secured him the drivers’ title in the final race. In the GT4 classification, Anderson Tanoto won the first race and Sheng Yanwen won the second race together with the GT4 drivers’ title. The race weekend at Sepang marked the end of an era and also the dawn of a new one. After eight successful years, the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup has come to a close. Audi Sport customer racing Asia is responding to the fundamental changes the highly varied GT motorsport scene has seen in Asia with a new program beginning in 2020. The Audi Sport Asia Trophy will reward all privateers for their successes achieved on all levels of racing. Via a points-based distribution system, the best drivers will be awarded prizes worth 100,000 euros plus the chance of a free participation in the Suzuka 10 Hours in 2021.
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