The eleventh month of the year held much success for the Audi RS 3 LMS – highlighted by two victories at Macau. Additionally, Audi Sport customers secured titles in China, Brazil and New Zealand.
From the tight twists and turns in Macau to endurance racing events around the world, the Audi RS 3 LMS proved itself once again during November. On its debut on the streets of Macau, the TCR touring car from the brand with the four rings clinched two race wins to close the inaugural WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season on a high. Audi Sport drivers Jean-Karl Vernay and Frédéric Vervisch won the finale’s opening two races during the Macau Grand Prix weekend. The 2018 FIA WTCR witnessed the RS 3 LMS scoring 17 podium finishes, including six victories and fifth place for Vernay as the best Audi driver in the standings – whilst more success was in store with worldwide titles and race wins.
Audi Sport customers relying on the RS 3 LMS topped their respective class standings in China and Brazil. In Ningbo, the New Faster team won the 2.0T class teams’ and drivers’ titles with the duo of Andy Yan and Terry Huang. Henry Visconde from the MC Tubarão team achieved his fourth class victory in the Endurance Brasil season at Tarumã and became the champion in his class. With these results so far this year, the RS 3 LMS has won three overall drivers’ classifications and twelve other classifications around the world.
The endurance racing success continued for the RS 3 LMS in the USA and Italy. At Sebring in Florida, Mark Motors Racing led an Audi 1-2 triumph in the TCR class of the IMSA SportsCar Encore one-off event. In Italy, RS+A Racing won its class in the 6 Hours of Rome at Vallelunga – adding to the success of the Pit Lane Competizioni team, who took victory in the Endurance 2.0 race for TCR race cars at the same venue.
A title Down Under and a dominant victory in Dubai highlighted November for the Audi R8 LMS. After clinching the 2018 South Island Endurance Series drivers’ title last month, Neil Foster from International Motorsport teamed up with Jonny Reid and won the end-of season winner-takes-all New Zealand Endurance Championship at Highlands Motorsport Park – securing the drivers’ title for the duo. Team WRT, with drivers Charles Weerts and Mike den Tandt, put in a convincing performance by winning the first race of the new Gulf Sportscar Championship at the Dubai Autodrome. The month’s achievements for the R8 LMS were rounded off with success in Australian club racing.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 carried Audi Sport customers to podium celebrations in the USA and in Spain. GMG Racing scored a runner-up result in the GT4 class of the IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring and the finale of the Campeonato de España de Resistencia in Barcelona saw Baporo Motorsport and SPV Racing concluding the success by finishing second and third in their class.
The seventh season of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup came to a close at Sepang in Malaysia, where the champion was crowned in the dramatic final race of the year. Bhurit Bhirombhakdi led the title battle going into the finale ahead of his main rival, Andrew Haryanto. After taking a dominant victory in the weekend’s opening race, Haryanto decreased his deficit to Bhirombhakdi to only two points. The title decision came down to the final race, wherein Haryanto overcame a bad start to catch up and pass Bhirombhakdi in a thrilling battle. A spin by Bhirombhakdi later sealed the outcome and Haryanto went on to take victory, and in doing so, he became the latest champion of the Audi one-make cup.
The second annual Audi Sport customer racing Race Night took place in Neuburg an der Donau. Seventeen international winners of championships and endurance races were honoured in front of more than 150 guests. The occasion also included the announcement of the 2019 Audi Sport customer racing programmes, which – in addition to the numerous Audi Sport customers competing around the world – again consists of the full five-race Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Nürburgring 24 Hours and participation in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.