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Motorsport News Roundup: GT Racing and Audi Sport customer racing

Audi customer teams celebrated two victories and several podium places with the Audi R8 LMS ultra in Germany, France and the United States.

Blancpain Sprint Series: One-two result for Audi.
[source: Audi Sport]
The Audi customer teams achieved a one-two result at the fifth event of the Blancpain Sprint Series (BSS). In the main race at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimão, Robin Frijns and Laurens Vanthoor in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT had started from position two and within the one-hour event consistently went on to notch up their third victory of the season. In second place, Niki Mayr-Melnhof and Markus Winkelhock (Phoenix Racing) in another R8 LMS ultra crossed the finish line, earning the Austrian-German duo its first podium finish in this BSS season.


Audi R8 LMS Cup: Alex Yoong New Leader of the Standings
[source: Audi Sport]
A change in the drivers’ standings of the Audi R8 LMS Cup: Following the fourth race weekend, Alex Yoong is the new front runner. In front of a home audience at Sepang International Circuit, the Malaysian in race one achieved his second victory of the season in front of Marchy Lee and the Swiss Rahel Frey. In race two, Lee won ahead of Congfu Cheng, Frey and Yoong. In the standings, title defender Yoong climbed from position four to the top spot. The previous leader, the Indian Aditya Patel, after a retirement and a fifth place in Malaysia, is now only in fourth place overall.


GT Asia: Wang Extends Lead of the Standings with Victory
[source: Audi Sport]
Successful showing by Jerry Wang in GT Asia: The Hong Kong Chinese won the GTM class in round seven of the season at Sepang, Malaysia. Wang tackled the 3-hour event – the first endurance race in the series’ history – together with his team-mate from Audi customer team Absolute Racing, the Australian Warren Luff, from pole position. The duo in the R8 LMS spared no effort up to crossing the finish line and clinched first place in the GTM category. In the overall class standings, Wang defended his top spot.


DMV GTC: Audi driver Christoph Dupré Twice in Second Place
[source: Audi Sport]
Podium results for Christoph Dupré on the seventh race weekend of the DMV GTC. In the first of two 30-minute races on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the 42-year-old German in his Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team Dupré Motorsport had started from position six and crossed the finish line in second place. Dupré achieved the same result in race two which he started from position five. Both second places corresponded to victories in his class.


VLN: Podium Place for Twin Busch
[source: Audi Sport]
Audi customer team Twin Busch Motorsport celebrated third place in round seven of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. In the 6-hour race, Dennis Busch, Marc Busch and Marc Basseng showed an impressive recovery. After starting from position 16, the Audi R8 LMS ultra saw the checkered flag in position four and, thanks to a retroactive time penalty imposed on the third-placed Mercedes, advanced by one more position.


ADAC GT Masters: Victory for Wackerbauer and van der Linde
[source: Audi Sport]
Stefan Wackerbauer and Kelvin van der Linde celebrated their first victory of the season at the sixth race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring. The German-South African duo in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team C. Abt Racing clinched victory in race two after starting from position four on the grid and crossed the finish line only 0.6 seconds ahead of their immediate rivals. In the first heat, Wackerbauer and van der Linde had retired following contact with another car.


Championnat de France GT: Sébastien Loeb Racing Celebrates Victory and Podium at Magny Cours
[source: Audi Sport]
A successful weekend for the Audi customer team Sébastien Loeb Racing on the fifth race weekend of the French GT Championship at Magny-Cours: Philippe Gaillard, David Hallyday and Mike Parisy in the #3 Audi R8 LMS ultra took their second victory of the season in Sunday’s race after starting from pole position. The day before, Christian Bottemanne, Christophe Hamon and Lonni Martins in the #5 Audi R8 LMS had clinched third place for the team of the record World Rally Champion.


Pirelli World Challenge: Skeen on Podium
[source: Audi Sport]
Audi driver Mike Skeen achieved a podium place in the Pirelli World Challenge round at Sonoma (California). The runner-up in the 2014 season finished race one in third place in his Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team CRP Racing.


STT: Two Audi Drivers on Podium
[source: Audi Sport]
On the fourth race weekend of the Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy (STT) at the Sachsenring, two Audi drivers achieved podium places in Class 2. In race one, Berthold Gruhn in an Audi R8 LMS ultra took third place. In the second race, Andreas Schmidt, also in an Audi R8 LMS ultra, clinched second place. Gruhn finished third again.


V de V Endurance Series: Podium Success for AB Auto Sport
[source: Audi Sport]
The French Audi customer team AB Sport Auto in round five of the V de V Endurance Series season at Le Castellet clinched a podium result in its class. Franck Thybaud and Thierry Proust finished the four-hour race in the Audi R8 LMS in third place in the GTV2 class ahead of their team-mates Eric van de Vyver/Tiziano Carugati/Michel Wegelin.




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