12.10.2015. An action-packed weekend in GT racing: In the season finale of the Blancpain GT Series, the Dutchman Robin Frijns in the Audi R8 LMS ultra crowned himself Champion. In the Audi R8 LMS Cup, Alex Yoong und Congfu Cheng are sharing the top spot in the standings with equal points before the last race weekend. In addition, Audi customer teams celebrated podium places in various championships.
Podium result at Zandvoort brings Robin Frijns the Blancpain GT title
A strong team performance in the season finale of the Blancpain Sprint Series at Zandvoort in the Netherlands: With a second place in the main race alongside Christopher Mies, the Dutchman Robin Frijns in the Audi R8 LMS ultra secured the title in the Blancpain GT Series. On the dune circuit not far from the North Sea, Nicki Thiim und Frédéric Vervisch shone as well. In the qualifying race on Saturday, they took second place in front of their brand colleagues Niki Mayr-Melnhof/Markus Winkelhock (Phoenix Racing) and in third place on Sunday finished on podium again.
Alex Yoong and Marchy Lee share wins at Fuji
The fifth race weekend of the Audi R8 LMS Cup saw two different race winners. Alex Yoong from Malaysia extended his championship lead with his success in the first round. Kyong-Ouk You was happy about second place, Shaun Thong finished third. Bad luck struck Yoong and You in the second race though: both retired after a collision in the first corner. Marchy Lee won from Congfu Cheng and Swiss lady Rahel Frey. As a result, the championship situation is thrilling with one event to go at Shanghai: Alex Yoong and Congfu Cheng are tied on points at the top with Marchy Lee 17 points adrift.
Double podium in finale in England
Two Audi customer teams achieved podium places in the season finale of the British GT Cup Championship at Oulton Park. In race one, Phil Burgan in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team United Autosports took third place. In race two, Adam Wilcox (HUD Motorsports) notched up second place.
Christoph Dupré in third place twice
Two podium places for Dupré Motorsport: In the season finale of the DMV GTC at the Nürburgring, Christoph Dupré in the Audi R8 LMS ultra claimed third place in class in both races. In the subsequent 60-minute race, Suzanne Weidt together with Martin Konrad in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team Spirit Racing took third place in class.
Audi customers achieve one-two result
Team AB Sport Auto celebrated a class victory in the V de V Endurance Series with the Audi R8 LMS. Franck Thybaud/Thierry Proust/Maxime Jousse in the 4 Hours of Magny-Cours (F) won the GTV2 class ahead of their brand colleagues Eric van de Vyver/Tiziano Carugati/Claude Terrier (V de V/AB Sport Auto).
Busch twins in new Audi R8 LMS
In the penultimate round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring on October 17, Audi Sport customer racing together with Audi customer team Twin Busch Motorsport will be fielding a new Audi R8 LMS. The car will be driven by the twins Dennis and Marc Busch, who most recently celebrated an overall victory in the proven Audi R8 LMS ultra in round eight of the season. They will be backed by Marc Basseng. The Twin Busch Team is already going to use this run to prepare for the commitments in 2016 which are currently in planning. Production of the new Audi R8 LMS has been underway since September 21. Deliveries of the 585-hp sports car to customer teams will commence on October 26.
New Audi R8 LMS for Cup in Asia
From the 2016 season on, the new Audi R8 LMS will be racing in Audi’s first one-make cup in Asia as well. The participants in the overall classification and in the Amateur Cup of the Audi R8 LMS Cup will be relying on the new race car that has been introduced this year. At the same time, the previous race car will be retained as the base for the Masters Cup, a classification for drivers not included in the professional league. “In the new race car, we continue to promote innovation, fielding the latest Audi technology in Asia,” says Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. The new race car delivers up to 585 hp, depending on the regulations, and sets standards in terms of active and passive safety.
Tom Kristensen inducted into Sebring Hall of Fame
The officials of the race track at Sebring, Florida, are honoring Tom Kristensen. The Dane celebrated six overall victories, plus a class win, in the famous 12-hour race in the United States. With that, the former race driver holds a record. In an official ceremony, the long-standing Audi driver Kristensen will be inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame together with other renowned personalities on March 18, 2016.
Mattias Ekström tests for ‘Golden Steering Wheel’
Preparations for the 40th ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ awards hosted by the Axel Springer publishing house are in full swing. Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström is a member of the expert jury again this year. The jury is comprised of chief editors, designers, celebrities, engineers and digital experts. The double DTM Champion tested various models over the last few days on a proving ground in Balocco, Italy. The final list consists of 38 cars in seven classes. The awards ceremony for Europe’s most important automobile prize will be held in Berlin on November 10.
Computer game versus reality
Audi driver Benoît Tréluyer took part in an experiment at the race track in Austin: who laps the Circuit of the Americas faster – a computer gamer on the screen or a race driver on the real track? Provider Xbox One identified the best gamers from France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States and Canada, and invited them to Austin. Evan Thorogood beat the other competitors in the computer game Forza Motorsport 6 before subsequently competing against Benoît Tréluyer. While the 22-year old Canadian from Alberta sat on the virtual track starting line in the simulator, Benoît Tréluyer lapped the track in the Audi S3 Sedan: http://bit.ly/1P0141W
Tom Kristensen on the road for Audi in Denmark
The nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen is on a tour of Denmark for Audi. In Copenhagen, the Dane presented the new Audi R8 V10 plus in the presence of singer Pernille Rosendahl and three-time rowing Olympic gold medalist and world champion Eskild Ebbesen. In October, Kristensen is traveling to eight events across the country attended by a total of 1,000 invited guests in order to introduce the new Audi A4.
Emotional reunion among friends
Benoît Tréluyer had an emotional reunion at the Fuji 6 Hours. The Audi driver met with former pro driver Kazuyoshi Hoshino in Japan. As a mentor, the 68-year old Japanese played a crucial role in the career of the Frenchman. “Without Kazuyoshi, my career wouldn’t be what it is and I’d hardly be an Audi driver today,” said Tréluyer. Hoshino, who won the Japanese Super GT Championship at the age of 47, founded his own team after ending his career. Tréluyer celebrated the 2006 Formula Nippon title win with the outfit.