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Motorsport News Roundup: GT Racing and Audi Sport customer racing

Video: Lap VIR with Paul Miller Racing’s Dion von Moltke
[source: IMSA]
Watch Paul Miller Racing’s Dion von Moltke take you for a lap of Virginia International Raceway in his Audi R8 LMS.


IMSA: Racers Visit Audi of America
[source: Audi Sport]
The racing drivers representing Audi customer teams visited the Audi of America headquarters in Herndon on the way to their next events. Racing drivers Christopher Haase and Dion von Moltke, currently second in the GTD classification standings of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, travelled with Paul Miller Racing to Virginia. In addition to their Audi R8 LMS machines, there was also an R8 LMS from team C360R at the headquarters. The Audi of America employees could also admire exhibits from Audi’s motorsport history, including the Audi R8 and Audi R10 TDI LMP racecars. Moderator John Hindhaugh hosted proceedings in the presence of IMSA President Scott Atherton, President of Audi of America Scott Keogh, as well as key personnel responsible for the motorsport program Tristan Herbert, Andy Sattler and Brad Kettler.


Australian GT Championship: Victory and Podium Finishes in Sydney
[source: Audi Sport]
At the fourth round of the Australian GT Championship, Christopher Mies and Ryan Millier produced the best performance in an Audi R8 LMS ultra. At the Sydney Motorsport Park, the duo fielded by Audi customer team Jamec PEM Racing headed an Audi one-two finish. Second was Audi driver Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood), who was third in race two ahead of Mies/Millier. There was also an Audi victory in the Trophy classification to celebrate: in race two, Mark Griffith won from his stablemates Greg Taylor/Barton Mawer. In the first race, Taylor/Mawer made the podium in third place.


ADAC GT Masters: Audi 1-2 at Nurburgring
[source: Audi Sport]
With a podium sweep and a 1-2 result, the Audi Sport customer racing teams delivered an impressive result at the Nürburgring after a difficult season so far in the 2015 ADAC GT Masters. The win in the changing weather conditions of the first race, and also the first win for Audi in the GT Masters this year, went to Daniel Dobitsch and Edward Sandström (kfzteile24 MS Racing). With Rahel Frey/Philip Geipel (Yaco Racing) and Stefan Wackerbauer/Kelvin van der Linde (C. Abt Racing), four more Audi drivers stepped onto the podium. In the second race it was kfzteile24 MS Racing that prevailed in the wet conditions with first and second place: Florian Stoll and Marc Basseng winning ahead of Dobitsch/Sandström.


DMV GTC: Four Class Podiums for Spirit Racing at Lausitzring
[source: Audi Sport]
Dietmar Haggenmüller and Suzanne Weidt achieved four class podium results in two different championships with Audi Sport customer racing team Spirit Racing. At the sixth race weekend of the DMV GTC, Haggenmüller drove to second place in his class during the first race, followed by Weidt in third, both in Audi R8 LMS ultra cars. Weidt again finished third in the second race. The Lausitzring also hosted the fourth round of the P9 Challenge, where Haggenmüller/Weidt shared an Audi R8 LMS ultra and finished second in class.


British GT Cup: Phil Burgan with Two Class Podiums
[source: Audi Sport]
A successful outing for Phil Burgan at the sixth race weekend of the GT Cup Championship. The Brit twice finished on the podium in his class with the Audi R8 LMS ultra from United Autosports. In both races at the Brands Hatch Circuit, Burgan achieved second position in the GTO class. In the final race he also finished runner-up overall.


Blancpain Sprint Series: United Autosports for Italian Adventure with Phil Burgan at Misano
[source: United Autosports]
United Autosports have confirmed their entry into the GT Sports Club at Misano, Italy on 3-4 October.

The team will run Phil Burgan in the Audi R8 LMS ultra at the final round of the 2015 season, as a support race to the Blancpain Sprint Series.

The GT Sports Club has been designed by the Stephane Ratel Organisation (SRO) exclusively for gentlemen drivers, with the aim of gathering a group of passionate amateur racing drivers, who can share their interest for beautiful cars and friendly competition. The race weekends consist of a 40-minute free practice session, 20-minute qualifying, a 25-minute qualifying race and a 40-minute race.

Phil will compete in the Iron Cup category as a driver over the age of 60, meaning he will be eligible for the Iron Cup trophy and the overall trophy.

The Leeds-based businessman is currently racing with United Autosports in the GT Cup, lying third in the GTO group standings.


ADAC GT Masters: Albert von Thurn und Taxis to Drive Lamborghini at Sachsenring
[source: ADAC GT Masters]
Munich: Albert von Thurn und Taxis (32) is back in the ADAC GT Masters. The 2010 champion will be competing at the Sachsenring (28th – 30th August) and at Zandvoort in the Netherlands (18th – 20th September) behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo entered by Reiter Engineering. At the Sachsenring the experienced competitor will be sharing the cockpit with ex-Formula 1 driver Tomas Enge (38) from the Czech Republic.

“I’m really looking forward to the races at the Sachsenring,” says von Thurn und Taxis. “For me, the race weekend there is always a sort of home fixture. I consider the Sachsenring to be the best racetrack in Germany.” The aristocrat from Regensburg in Bavaria has already experienced success on the rollercoaster circuit outside Chemnitz, notching up two victories in a Lamborghini.

The appearance at the Sachsenring of the nine-time ADAC GT Masters race winner will be his first in the Super Sports Car League driving a Lamborghini since 2012. The manufacturer already has one success to its credit in 2015 when Enge partnered by David Russell (33, AUS) driving the final evolutionary stage of the Gallardo won at the Red Bull Ring in June. “The Gallardo is a great car and is particularly suited to the Sachsenring, so that’s a good combination.”

Von Thurn und Taxis is aiming to maintain his good record at the Sachsenring: “The Lamborghini is a good car, and together with Tomas, we have the right package to be competing at the front of the field. I’m looking forward to the weekend and already getting quite excited.”


ADAC GT Masters: Simon Drives New Audi R8
[source: ADAC GT Masters]
Patrick Simon, who commentates the ADAC GT Masters live broadcasts for SPORT1 with Jan Stecker, could be seen in the paddock on Friday, grinning from ear to ear. For the track presentation on SPORT1, Simon drove the Audi R8, in which Edward Sandström won the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race in May at the Nürburgring along with a number of other drivers. The original winning car was then exhibited in front of the ADAC Hospitality in the paddock and was much photographed by fans.


Coming up next week

28–30/8 Sonoma (USA), Pirelli World Challenge, race 18 and 19
29–30/8 Moscow (RUS), DTM, race 11 and 12
29–30/8 Sachsenring (D), ADAC GT Masters, race 11 and 12
29–30/8 Sachsenring (D), Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy, race 7 and 8
29–30/8 Magny-Cours (F), French GT Championship, race 9 and 10
30/08 Nürburgring (D), WEC, round 4
30/08 Le Castellet (F), V de V Endurance Series, round 5
30/08 Suzuka (J), Super GT, round 5


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