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Published on September 29th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin

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Audi R8 LMS Wins At Zandvoort GT World Challenge

Four victories in other worldwide racing series cap off a successful motorsport weekend for Audi Sport. 

The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has piloted their Audi R8 LMS to victory on a rainy Zandvoort circuit last weekend. 

A sensational rainy-day drive by team-mates Ryuichiro Tomita and Kelvin van der Linde on this Dutch circuit, coupled by the decision to start on rain tires, not only secured the team’s second win of the season in the third of four round of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup, but also propelled Audi Sport driver van der Linde into taking the top spot in the overall driver’s standings of this racing series. Leading in both the sprint and endurance races. 

 

To add to that, the racing team also extends its lead in the team classification, with Audi Sport drivers Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts continuing to lead the sprint table in another Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS. Capping off an immensely successful race weekend for the team. 

Audi Sport customer teams elsewhere in the world also enjoyed similar successes in their respective motorsports championships. Most notable of which being a continued unbeaten string of victories by set by Uwe Alzen Automotive Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the sprint races of Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy. Not to mention the podiums and class-victories secured by various Audi Sport customer teams piloting R8 LMS GT4 race cars, including a win in the SP8 class at the Nurburgring 24 hours. 

Furthermore, the motorsport successes were not only limited to Audi Sport R8 race cars, as Audi RS 3 LMS saw its own fair share of success in the various TCR racing series occurring worldwide. Scooping up an overall victory in TCR Japan, a TCR class victory at the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and various other podium places in TCR Europe and the TCR class of Nurburgring 24 hours. Moreover, the Audi RS3 LMS helped Comtoyou Racing retain a double championship leads in the FIA WTCR championship. 

These various motorsports victories for the Ingolstadt automaker will most likely set to continue as racing picks up again in the coming weeks and months. The full racing calendar for Audi Sport competing teams can be found in the press release below

PRESS RELEASE: The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT celebrated its second victory of the season in the GT World Challenge Sprint Cup at Zandvoort and remains at the top of the standings. The Audi RS 3 LMS contributed to a successful weekend of Audi Sport customer racing with a total of four wins worldwide.

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Victory and podium finishes at Zandvoort: The third of four rounds of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup was tailor-made for Audi Sport’s customer teams. On the wet track at Zandvoort, Ryuichiro Tomita had decided to drive on rain tires in the Audi R8 LMS of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT before the first race. The Japanese driver, who started from third place, thus overtook his two front runners, who had been on slicks, right after the start. At half time, the Asian handed over his car to Kelvin van der Linde. The South African extended his lead to more than 30 seconds and celebrated his first victory of the season in the sprint race series with his teammate. Audi Sport driver van der Linde has thus taken the lead in the overall standings of the GT World Challenge, which includes both sprint and endurance races. 

The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has also extended its lead in the team classification. Audi Sport drivers Dries Vanthoor/Charles Weerts, who also drive an Audi R8 LMS from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, continue to lead the sprint table. Simon Gachet and Steven Palette completed the success in the first race with third place overall for Saintéloc Racing. The two Frenchmen and their team remain championship leaders in the Silver Cup classification of the sprint racing series before the finale. Saintéloc Racing won another cup on the North Sea coast. On his 33rd birthday, Audi Sport driver Christopher Haase achieved second place overall together with Arthur Rougier in the second race.

Series of successes continued: Uwe Alzen continues to set the pace in Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy. On the fourth race weekend of the clubsport racing series, the racer in the Audi R8 LMS also remained unbeaten at the Sachsenring. In both qualifying sessions, the 53-year-old ex-professional had secured pole position. In the first sprint he gained a 1.6 second lead over Tobias Schulze, in the second race he crossed the finish line 18.3 seconds ahead of the Nissan driver. Thus the private driver and his Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive won all eight sprints in the current season.

Class victory in Virginia: On the sixth race weekend of the American Trans-Am racing series, an Audi privateer won in his class. At the Virginia circuit, Ken Thwaits in the Audi R8 LMS ultra won the XGT class.

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Class success in the Eifel: The Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing team won its class at the Nürburgring 24 hours despite several setbacks. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Kari-Pekka Laaksonen/Kristian Jepsen/Jan Sørensen/Roland Waschkau touched a guardrail in the rain during the initial phase. During the race interruption in the night, the team repaired the suspension damage of the production-based GT sports car. An effort that was worth it: On Sunday, the team won the SP 8 class after the retirement of an opponent and thus improved by one position compared to last year.

Two podium places in Mid-Ohio: The Audi customer team CarBahn with Peregrine Racing contested two races at the sixth race event of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in Mid-Ohio for the first time this season. Last year’s champions Tyler McQuarrie/Jeff Westphal took second place in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 after two hours of racing on Saturday. The next day they were again on the podium in third place.

Trophies in Monza: On the third race weekend of the GT Cup Open Europe series in Monza Baporo Motorsport achieved two podium finishes. Daniel Díaz-Varela/Manel Cerqueda finished second in both 50-minute races in the Audi R8 LMS GT4. They have thus extended their lead in the amateur standings to 15 points and are second overall.

Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup

Two victories for Maximilian Paul: At the third round of the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup Maximilian Paul celebrated his third and fourth consecutive victory at Assen. From fourth place on the grid, the German managed a perfect drive, while the drivers in front made mistakes. Kris Heidorn, who started from pole position, lost the lead to Swiss Lucas Mauron as early as on the first lap before the new leader was turned around by Heidorn shortly afterwards. When Heidorn, who was then again in the lead, made a mistake, Maximilian Paul took the lead and finally won ahead of Lucas Mauron and Kris Heidorn. In the second sprint on the Dutch track, the finish was in exactly the same order. After three of four events, Tim Reiter leads the overall Cup standings with 112 points ahead of Tom Spitzenberger and Maximilian Paul.

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

Double success in Mid-Ohio: Two customer teams from Audi ended up in front in the sixth and seventh rounds of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in the TCR class. For the first time this season, the touring and sports car series held two races in one weekend. In the first two-hour race, James Vance/Max Faulkner and their team FASTMD with Speed Syndicate were 8.5 seconds ahead. Third place went to Gavin Ernstone/Jon Morley from Road Shagger Racing in another Audi RS 3 LMS. The second, also two-hour race was won by Ernstone/Morley. Third place went to Michael Johnson/Stephen Simpson of JDC-Miller MotorSports, who also drove an Audi RS 3 LMS.

Audi Team Hitotsuyama in front in TCR Japan: Takuro Shinohara made perfect use of his opportunities in the third round of TCR Japan in Okayama. Starting second in each race, the young driver in the Audi RS 3 LMS won by three seconds on Saturday and almost six seconds on Sunday. He thus extended his lead in the race series’ Saturday’s classification to 24 points. In the Sunday standings, he is runner-up, only two points behind the top of the standings. In the team classification, Audi Team Hitotsuyama is already 22 points ahead of its best rival after three of six events.

Double championship lead in the FIA WTCR: After the second race weekend of the FIA WTCR, Comtoyou Racing leads two classifications with its private drivers. On the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, Tom Coronel in the Audi RS 3 LMS was the best driver in the Trophy classification as fifth overall in the first race. The Dutchman increased his lead over Alfa driver Jean-Karl Vernay by four points to ten. Gilles Magnus, who drives another Audi RS 3 LMS of the Belgian Audi customer team, won the rookie classification in the first race and now has a 16-point lead in the standings for young drivers.

 

Podium and lead of the standings: Team Comtoyou Racing is still ahead in two classifications after the third round of TCR Europe. In the first race at Monza, Nicolas Baert in an Audi RS 3 LMS improved from eighth on the grid to third place. The Belgian is thus the new runner-up in the overall standings at the halfway point of the season. He also leads the Yokohama Trophy ahead of his Moroccan teammate Sami Taoufik. Jean-Michel Baert’s team is ten points ahead in the team classification.

Podium in the Eifel: Team Bonk Motorsport returned home from the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring with another trophy. In third place in the TCR classification, the team from Münster with its drivers Hermann Bock/Andreas Möntmann/Max Partl/Alexander Prinz took a podium place for the fifth time with the Audi RS 3 LMS.

Third place at Sachsenring: At the fourth event of the Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy, an Audi privateer achieved a podium result. Max Frederik Gruhn started at the Sachsenring in an Audi RS 3 LMS. In the second sprint, the young driver achieved third place in his class after eleven laps of the race.

Coming up next week

01–03/10 Indianapolis (USA), rounds 15 and 16, TC America TCR

01–03/10 Indianapolis (USA), rounds 15 and 16, GT4 America

02–03/10 Mantorp Park (S), rounds 5 and 6, TCR Scandinavia

02–03/10 Mantorp Park (S), rounds 3 and 4, GT4 Scandinavia

02–04/10 Indianapolis (USA), round 2, Intercontinental GT Challenge

02–04/10 Sachsenring (D), rounds 7 and 8, ADAC GT Masters

02–04/10 Sachsenring (D), rounds 5 and 6, ADAC GT4 Germany

02–04/10 Le Castellet (F), rounds 5 and 6, GT4 France

02–04/10 Mugello (I), round 2, TCR DSG Italy Endurance

02–04/10 Mugello (I), rounds 3 and 4, Campionato Italiano GT Sprint

03/10 Ruapuna (NZ), round 2, South Island Endurance Championship

03/10 Phakisa (ZA), rounds 3 and 4, G&H Transport Extreme Supercars

03–04/10 Mugello (I), round 2, TCR DSG Europe

03–04/10 Fuji (J), round 5, Super GT

03–04/10 Snetterton (GB), round 5, British GT

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