Audi has scored four victories with the Audi R8 LMS at the race weekend in Macau since 2011, but this year the racing car had no chance of achieving another success.
DIFFICULT STARTING BASES
As early as in qualifying there were indications of how challenging the task would be in the FIA GT World Cup this year: Robin Frijns from Audi Sport Team WRT Speedstar achieved grid position seven, his teammate Dries Vanthoor position nine. Between them, Christopher Haase from Audi Sport Team Rutronik qualified for eighth place.
HARDLY ANY OVERTAKING OPPORTUNITIES
The narrow 6.12-kilometre circuit in Macau’s street canyons offers hardly any overtaking opportunities. In the qualification race, the trio saw the chequered flag in positions six to eight. In the final race, Frijns advanced to fifth place, trailed by Christopher Haase. Dries Vanthoor achieved position eight. As a result, the three drivers were not able to continue their previous successes. Each of the three Audi Sport drivers had scored a major international victory in the Audi R8 LMS this year. Even so, with twelve overall drivers’ titles worldwide, Audi looks back on a good tally of the GT3 sports car that will be replaced by a new evolution next year.