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A headline caught our eye this morning, and mixed with some wishful thinking we jumped to an assumption. An Autosport Magazine story published this morning read nearly exactly as this story in its headline and upon first scan made us think Audi might consider a third R18 (perhaps an ultra) at the WEC round. Each of these drivers has acted as a factory pilot for Audi Sport in some capacity and both Di Grassi and Dumas have campaigned R18 ultras this season. Mortara is from Audi’s DTM squad, and the only Audi driver to score an outright win this season even though Audi is in points contention for a manufacturers title.
Turns out this is the Macau GT Race and details are this. Of the three drivers, only Mortara will campaign an Audi. Edoardo will be campaigning a customer team’s R8 LMS as he did in last year’s event. Di Grassi will compete in an AF Corse Ferrari 458 and Dumas will be at the wheel of a Porsche 911 fielded by Absolute Racing.
Of course the main event we were thinking of (and wishing for) will be the WEC round where Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer will compete in Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 while Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish will race in Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2. Though Audi has captured the manufacturers title in the WEC with its R18 racers, the drivers title is still up for grabs and Audi’s two driving teams will undoubtedly be fighting hard against each other for that prize.