Motorsport Newsletter 27/2011: A weekend marked by the Audi R8

  • Meeting of the Spa winners at Oschersleben
  • Mattias Ekström wins slot car race
  • Podium places at Assen and Portimão

Audi R8 not only caused a sensation at the Sepang (Malaysia) 12 Hours and at national GT3 races last weekend. The fascinating mid-engine sports car made a grand appearance during the DTM event at Oschersleben as well.

Meeting of the winners: At the end of July Greg Franchi at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS together with Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider won the 24-hour race at Spa (Belgium). At Oschersleben the Belgian paid a visit to his Spa team-mates at the DTM and had the two former champions explain the Audi A4 DTM to him. In addition, Franchi chauffeured guests around the race track in an Audi R8 LMS.

Fascination R8: That the Audi R8 is a race car for the road was demonstrated to journalists at the DTM event at Oschersleben. They were given the opportunity to sit in the passenger’s seat of a production R8, with Audi factory drivers Edoardo Mortara, Timo Scheider and Martin Tomczyk explaining the track to them.

One-two-three victory: The Audi R8 LMS is also successful in scale 1:24. At the eighth round of the "rallye racing Carrera Cup”, an endurance race for slot cars, Audi celebrated a one-two-three triumph. The winning team included the two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström. A strong performance was also shown by Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, who stood in for Mike Rockenfeller in the finale and together with slot car pro Matthias Parke finished as the runner-up. Third place went to Jürgen Jungklaus and Markus Michelberger, the race engineers of Martin Tomczyk and Miguel Molina in the DTM.

From the race track to the road: A day after the Sepang 12 Hours Audi’s customers received a special treat. The two racers Marco Werner and Darryl O’Young, who had been contesting the event in the R8 LMS just the day before, gave 300 guests of Audi Singapore valuable tips for driving at the limit on the race track at the Audi driving experience.

Racers among themselves: Ludde Ingvall, the skipper and builder of the Audi ultra yacht, visited the Sepang 12 Hours. As a former amateur racer, the two-time world champion in the Maxi class is also thrilled with the motorsport program of the brand. His boat, one of the world’s only five Super Maxi yachts, competes for the Audi ultra racing team under the Singapore flag. The carbon fiber boat advertises the Le Mans winning Audi ultra lightweight technology.

Rapid market launch: Audi Singapore used the Sepang 12 Hours to impressively present a new model. The Audi RS 3 for the regional market was unveiled at the Audi Lounge above the pit lane garage on Saturday night.

Happy faces: A group of orphans from three regional care centers visited the Sepang 12 Hours at the invitation of the organizer SIC. Audi made it possible for the children and teenagers between the ages of five and 16 to have free admission to the two R8 LMS cars, the team and the drivers. Many happy faces gave proof of an unforgettable day.

Lead defended: With a 13-point advantage the Audi drivers Marco Bonanomi and Andrea Sonvico are starting into the finale of the Italian GT Championship at Monza. On the penultimate race weekend at Vallelunga Audi Sport Italia with its two Audi R8 LMS cars clinched a third, a fourth and a tenth place.

Still in the title race: ABT Sportsline continues to have chances for the title in the ADAC GT Masters. At Assen the team clinched two podium places in Saturday’s race: Christer Jöns, who on the day before had clinched his first pole position in the series, occupied second place overall together with Christopher Mies. Luca Ludwig and Jens Klingmann finished in third place. On Sunday Jöns/Mies recovered to sixth place after a drive-through penalty.

Three-time runners-up: Ni Amorim and César Campaniço finished both races of the fourth round of the Portuguese GT Championship season at Portimão in the Audi R8 LMS of the Nova Driver team as the runners-up. In the overall standings they are ranking in second place with a gap of only six points as well.

"O’zapft is” — the keg’s been tapped: Two days before the official start of the October Fest in Munich the Audi DTM squad celebrated the beginning of the "Wiesn” festival. The traditional tapping of the keg was done by Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, who like the DTM drivers Timo Scheider and Martin Tomczyk was wearing Bavarian lederhosen.

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