FLOOD OF CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

September was a very successful month with numerous titles being clinched around the world by Audi customers competing with the Audi R8 LMS, Audi R8 LMS GT4 and Audi RS 3 LMS.
At the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup finale at the Nürburgring, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT wrapped up the 2018 Sprint Cup season by winning the overall teams’ classification. Adding to the weekend’s success was the Saintéloc Junior Team, which won the Pro-Am teams’ title and the Pro-Am drivers’ title with Nyls Stievenart and Markus Winkelhock.
Following race wins for the EFP by TECE and Montaplast by Land-Motorsport teams in the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring, the season came to a close at Hockenheim two weeks later. Brothers Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde from Montaplast by Land-Motorsport won the final race of the year, adding to their victory at the Sachsenring. The van der Lindes missed out on the overall drivers’ title by a single point, however, Sheldon was crowned as the Pirelli Junior champion. In the Trophy classification, Remo Lips emerged as the winner for Aust Motorsport.
The Audi R8 LMS also achieved more titles in Europe during September. Marcin Jedliński from Olimp Racing won the sprint and endurance titles of the FIA CEZ and Eset V4 Cup. In Belgium, young lady racer Carrie Schreiner from HCB-Rutronik Racing took a race victory during the penultimate round of the DMV GTC at Zolder, which was enough to see her, together with teammate Fabian Plentz, clinching the class 1 title with one race weekend to spare. Veteran Jan Brunstedt rounded out the European success by winning his second Swedish GT Championship title.
Heading towards the Asian-Pacific region, the Audi customer teams had reason to celebrate in China and Down Under. The Circuit Hero One racing series finale at Zhuhai witnessed an Audi one-two-three-four victory, whilst the overall and GTC class drivers’ titles were decided respectively in favour of Julio Acosta from JY Racing and David Chen from the Tianshi Racing Team. At Shanghai, the KCMG team won the Blancpain GT Series Asia Am-Cup title with the duo of Takuya Shirasaka and Naoto Takeda. The Kings racing team also continued their unbeaten run of victories in the China GT Championship.
Moving to Australia, Nick Kelly became the champion of the Australian GT Trophy Series, whilst next door in New Zealand, the International Motorsport team won the opening two rounds of the South Island Endurance Series.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 clinched European and North American titles, and took control in France.

In a thrilling finale with the top three driver pairings finishing the GT4 European Series level on points, Milan Dontje and Nicolaj Møller Madsen from Phoenix Racing emerged as the champions thanks to the fact that they scored the most race wins during the season. The Racing One team, together with driver Markus Lungstrass, won the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the Pro-Am classification.
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, GMG Racing’s James Sofronas won the overall GTS and GTS Sprint titles of the Pirelli World Challenge – adding this success to the GTS SprintX title that he won together with teammate Alex Welch three weeks earlier.
The ninth month of the year proved to be a breakthrough for the Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the GT4 France racing series. Saintéloc Racing and drivers Gregory Guilvert and Fabien Michal won three out of four races and took the lead in the Pro-Am title race.
Audi customers achieved drivers’ titles with the RS 3 LMS in China, Germany and Italy. Billy Lo (Tianshi Racing Team) won the TCR classification of the Chinese Circuit Hero One racing series and young Max Hesse won the ADAC TCR Germany Rookie Challenge for PROsport Performance. In the TCR Europe, Giovanni Altoè (Pit Lane Competizioni) took an early victory in the DSG Challenge title classification at Monza, where Jean-Karl Vernay took pole and won both races overall for the Leopard Lukoil Team.
In Russia, Dmitry Bragin extended his advantage in the TCR Russia classification by taking his third victory of the season in Sochi, whilst Britt Casey jr. and Tom Long from Compass Racing regained the lead in the TCR class of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in North America.
A combination of overall and class victories was also achieved by RS 3 LMS drivers in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, TCR Scandinavia, Canadian Touring Car Championship and Portuguese Hillclimb Championship.
The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in Ningbo saw Audi Sport Team Comtoyou’s Frédéric Vervisch and Denis Dupont each standing on the podium once – Dupont’s maiden FIA WTCR trophy.

Fuel consumption combined *: 12.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 283 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 12.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 283 g/km

In the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, Kris Heidorn clinched the one-make cup’s first drivers’ title at the Nürburgring season finale, where he and Bartosz Paziewski each took a race win.
At Ningbo in China, the third race weekend of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup saw the overall race victories going to Jingzu Sun and Bhurit Bhirombhakdi. Anderson Tanoto won both races in the GT4 class.

SEPTEMBER

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