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Motorsport News Roundup: GT Racing and Audi Sport customer racing


All the latest news from the world of Audi Sport customer racing.

Blancpain Sprint Series: Mixed Feelings for WRT as Vanthoors Injured Amidst Victory
[source: Audi Sport]
The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT went through an emotional roller coaster during round 6 of the Blancpain Sprint Series at Misano. In Sunday’s main race, seventh (Stéphane Ortelli/Stéphane Richelmi) and eighth (Christopher Mies/Enzo Ide) were sufficient for the Audi customer team to win the teams’ classification in the sprint series with one round still to run. In addition, the Danish brothers Thomas and Anders Fjordbach from Czech team I.S.R. Racing celebrated a class victory in the Silver Cup, a class for drivers under 25 years of age.

However, the successful weekend was tarnished by a hefty collision for WRT driver Laurens Vanthoor in the qualifying race on Saturday. The Belgian, who leads the drivers’ standing together with Robin Frijns before the finale, escaped from his car almost unhurt. The 24-year old suffered only bruising and a foot injury. Further tests will be made in his homeland. The Blancpain Sprint Series finale is held this coming weekend at Zandvoort (NL). The Audi customer teams can still win more titles.

ADAC GT Masters: Race Wins & Championship Title
[source: Audi Sport]
In the ADAC GT Masters finale at Hockenheim, the former Audi DTM driver Rahel Frey and Philip Geipel from Audi customer team Yaco Racing celebrated their first victory of the season in race one. Last year’s Champion Kelvin van der Linde and Stefan Wackerbauer from C. Abt Racing completed the podium in third place. In the second race, it was the Audi R8 LMS ultra that set the pace again. Nicki Thiim and Jordan Lee Pepper took the victory (C. Abt Racing). In addition to two race wins, there was also a championship title to celebrate: Andreas Weishaupt, who shares a C.Abt Racing Audi with Christer Jöns, triumphed in the Gentlemen classification.

VLN: Win for Audi Sport customer Team
[source: Audi Sport]
Twin Busch Motorsport won the eighth round of the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring. Twin brothers Dennis and Marc Busch produced a concentrated drive in the 4-hour race. After starting from fourth position, Busch/Busch drove permanently in the leading group at the wheel of their Audi R8 LMS ultra with start number 44. In the closing stages of the race, the first three cars were occasionally within one second of each other. The duo finally crossed the finish line with a 60.480 second advantage.

ASKO Endurance Series: Victory in New Zealand
[source: Audi Sport]
The Audi customer team International Motorsport clinched victory in the second round of the ASKO Endurance Series in New Zealand. In the one-hour race at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch, Neil Foster drove from pole position to victory in an Audi R8 LMS ultra.

Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy: Success at Hockenheimring
[source: Audi Sport]
Successful race weekend for the Audi customer teams contesting the Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy. At the Hockenheimring, ‘Maximilian Stein’ took second place in class in both races at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS fielded by Schütz Motorsport. In the first race, Andreas Schmidt followed him onto the podium. In the second race, Berthold Gruhn finished third in class in a privately entered Audi R8 LMS ultra behind Stein.

GT Sports Club: Successful Debut for United Autosports
[source: Audi Sport]
United Autosports celebrated a podium finish in both races at Misano, Italy as the team made its debut in the GT Sports Club. Phil Burgan finished third in class in both races in an Audi R8 LMS ultra from United Autosports.

Campionato Italiano GT3: Audi R8 LMS ultra Wins in Italy
[source: Audi Sport]
Successful round for Team Audi Sport Italia on the penultimate race weekend of the Italian GT Championship at Misano: the Italians Marco Mapelli and Andrea Amici in the Audi R8 LMS ultra claimed a lights-to-flag victory in race two. The day before, their teammates Dindo Capello and Emanuele Zonzini had clinched a podium result. The duo, which had started the race from position four on the grid, finished Saturday’s race as the runners-up following a strong recovery.

Championnat de France GT3: Podium in France
[source: Audi Sport]
The Audi customer team Sébastien Loeb Racing celebrated a podium finish in the round of the French GT Championship at Navarra in the north of Spain. Christophe Hamon, Lonni Martins and Christian Bottemanne drove their number ‘5’ Audi R8 LMS ultra to third place overall in race one and finished the second race in fifth place.

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IMSA: Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Teams  to Represent Lamborghini Squadra Corse in First 24 Hours of Daytona Appearance
[source: Automobili Lamborghini]
The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will make its North American GT3 racing debut with confirmed entries into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class in 2016.

The official debut will be in the 24 Hours at Daytona on Jan. 30-31 with multiple customer teams, continuing Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s tradition of customer support. There will be no factory entries, but all customer-racing teams will have factory support.

Lamborghini’s move into GTD comes as the class adopts the 2016 FIA GT3 specifications for all of its entries.

The move to GT3 racing in North America is the exciting next step as the Lamborghini Motorsport program continues to build its racing ladder. The GT3 program is the top step of an impressive pyramid, which includes Lamborghini Esperienza and Accademia and three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series worldwide.

There are direct connections between two of the confirmed GT3 entries and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, which is in its third season. Change Racing and O’Gara Motorsports both will add Lamborghini Huracán GT3 programs in addition to their existing Super Trofeo North America efforts in 2016.  In addition Konrad Motorsport, a powerful Super Trofeo Europe team, has confirmed participation in the 24 Hours at Daytona with the Huracán GT3.

Change Racing has been in the fold since the North American series inception in 2013. Change Racing is a past team champion and has fielded the driver champion two years in a row, in addition to winning the 2014 Pro-Am Super Trofeo World Finals.

O’Gara Motorsport team owner Tom O’Gara has been involved with the Super Trofeo series in North American since 2013, but this is the first year for the team as a solo entrant. The team leads the championship in the team and Pro and Amateur driver categories.

Konrad Motorsport fields a three-car effort in Super Trofeo Europe this season. This will be a return appearance to the 24 Hours at Daytona for the team, which is no stranger to endurance racing, but the first with Lamborghini.

The Huracán GT3 will be eligible for all GT3 racing in North America. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will be introduced in both North America and Asia, after having already proven itself in Europe this season running in the Blancpain Endurance Series with Grasser Racing Team, where it has won the season opener at Monza (Italy) in April.

NASA: Two Victories in Utah
[source: Audi Sport]
Audi Sport customer racing teams DXDT Racing and TW Racing each celebrated an overall victory during the seventh race weekend of the National Auto Sport Association Utah region (NASA Utah) at Miller Motorsports Park. David Askew enjoyed his first victory at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS ultra from DXDT Racing in the first race of the weekend. The second race saw a 1-2 result as TW Racing took the win with Derek Wolthoff in the Audi R8 LMS, finishing ahead of DXDT Racing. This result was enough to ensure that TW Racing clinched the GTSU title in NASA Utah for the 2015 season.

GT Asia: Jerry Wang on Podium
[source: Audi Sport]
Another podium result clinched by Jerry Wang in GT Asia: The Hong Kong Chinese took second place in the GTM class in round nine of the season at Shanghai in the Audi R8 LMS of Team Absolute Racing.

Top Race Drivers Meet with Top Soccer Players
[source: Audi Sport]
Tom Kristensen and Markus Winkelhock provided the players of FC Bayern with high-speed insights into racing. The players and coaches of FC Bayern München received their new official vehicles at Audi in Neuburg. On this occasion, the four soccer players were familiarized with the racing line of the track during the Audi driving experience. The nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen did some fast laps with Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski in the race car of the Audi Sport TT Cup. The two-time 24-hour Nürburgring winner Markus Winkelhock went to the limits with Mario Götze and David Alaba.

Insights into GT program for Drivers of the Audi Sport TT Cup
[source: Audi Sport]
Following round one of the Audi Sport TT Cup at the Nürburgring, the international young drivers from the Audi one-make cup have received further information about the successful GT3 sports car program at Audi Sport. Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, and the team boss of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, Vincent Vosse, delivered entertaining presentations about the GT program at AUDI AG. The winner in the Audi Sport TT Cup can look forward to receiving support in the GT program of the brand with the four rings.

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