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The RS 3 LMS, Audi’s latest customer race car, had its debut this weekend at final leg of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring. The two RS 3 LMSs entered finished first and second in the TCR touring car category.
“The successful test run on the Nordschleife was an important milestone in the development of the new Audi RS 3 LMS, with deliveries of the car beginning before the year is out,” says Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing.
The first RS3 LMS was driven by Jordi Gene and Kelvin van der Linder, while the second was driven by Rahel Frey and Christopher Haase. They finished 17th and 22nd overall in a field of 140.
The point of the test was not, however, for Audi to finish as well as it did.
“The results were of secondary importance in this test run,” says Reinke. “Far more important was the fact that both cars finished without any technical issues and that our drivers felt comfortable in difficult conditions.
Audi unveiled the RS 3 LMS at the Paris Motor show earlier this year, and it is intended to race in touring car racing, where it will join its sister cars, the Golf GTI TCR and the SEAT Leon Cup Racer.
The RS 3 LMS is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that produces 330 hp and will propel the car to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.