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All the latest news from the world of privately developed Audi racing or racing by Audi teams or drivers outside of factory backed programs.

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Pirelli World Challenge: C360R & o34 Motorsport Launch Audi TT-RS GTS Program
[source: C360R]
Long-time Pirelli World Challenge team C360R (Compass360 Racing) today announced further expansion of its Audi racing program to include an Audi TT-RS in the series’ highly-competitive GTS class.

The new No. 78 car will be helmed by current C360R driver Paul Holton, with support from partners AERO Advanced Paint Technology, Spyder apparel and Audi Sport customer racing. As they have for the past five years, the team and driver will fly the colors of their charity of choice, the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

“We’ve been working with Paul since the beginning of the year, as one of our drivers in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge,” remarked C360R Team Principal Karl Thomson. “We also had him do a couple of non-conflicting World Challenge rounds, and were really impressed with his skills behind the wheel.”

Indeed, in just five starts in one of the team’s TCA-class cars, Paul notched three podiums, including a win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. “GTS is really competitive right now, and I am looking forward to going toe-to-toe with the guys at the front,” enthused Holton.

The move to GTS builds on the team’s growing relationship with Audi, which officially started on-track at Sebring, Florida in March with the launch of their new CTSC ST-class Audi S3 program, and expanded with the recently-debuted Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. The TT-RS will first compete at the penultimate race of the 2015 World Challenge season, at Sonoma Raceway August 29-30, and will also be at the season finale at Laguna Seca.

Tristan Herbert, Manager, Audi Motorsport and Customer Racing commented, “We are thrilled that C360R is representing the Audi brand in three separate classifications featuring two of North America’s best sportscar racing series: the S3 in Continental ST, TT-RS in PWC GTS, and an Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR GTD class. This proves that Audi has opportunities to display performance and technology at all racing levels.”

034 Motorsport will serve as technical partners for the program, with the 034 shop in Fremont, CA, serving as home base for the two final west coast rounds and Christian Miller being tapped to lead the squad. “We’ve enjoyed working with Christian since winning the ST Championship together in 2009, and we’re really looking forward to continuing that success with him and the talented folks at 034,” said Thomson.

Like the team’s other Audis, the new TT-RS will be clothed in a striking livery featuring AERO paint. “The response we’ve had to our new Audi liveries has been extremely positive,” said C360R Technical Director Ray Lee. “We recently painted our transporters with AERO and continue to be impressed with the quality and finish of the product.”

No. 78 will carry the Children’s Tumor Foundation logo, and will serve as one of the featured cars on the charity’s paddock tour at each race. “The Foundation is grateful to C360R, who have supported us since 2010, and to all our partner teams in the Pirelli World Challenge paddock,” said CTF Racing4Research Director Jill Beck. “Our families in the blue shirts will now have the chance to cheer for Paul, who like all our R4R drivers, is simply wonderful with the kids.”

While the team begins testing the new TT-RS in the coming weeks in advance of its first race, the team will continue to field its championship-winning Honda Civic Si’s in TCA, with the next race being at Mid-Ohio on August 15-16.
Rob Austin Racing Nets Best Qualifying Result of Season at Knockhill
[source: BTCC]
A breathless session saw a quite staggering 23 cars blanketed by just eight tenths of a second with positions changing at almost every moment. Regular Knockhill front row starter Rob Austin could only manage sixth this time around, but it still represented his best performances of the season in the Exocet AlcoSense Audi A4.
Rob Austin said: “I felt I could have put the lap together a little bit better but we’re happy. I had a bit of traffic which was frustrating – the car was good enough for a little bit more but we knew we didn’t have the pace of the BMWs coming into today so when you look at it like that we’ve done alright. We can definitely fight from where we are and end up with a good weekend. I need it to be dry tomorrow, rear-wheel-drive over wet kerbs makes this a completely different track.”
World RX: Hell RX Attracts Record Number of Supercar Entries
[source: FIA World RX]
The upcoming NAF World RX of Norway, round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, has attracted a record entry of 47 Supercars – the highest number of Supercar entries since World RX began.   Out of the 47 Supercars entered in Norway, 23 will race in the World Championship while the remaining 24 will compete for points in the third round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX). This event also forms the final round in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for TouringCar (in which there are 18 entries) and the fifth round of the supporting RX Lites Cup (12 entries).
Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss and EKS driver Mattias Ekstrom have both been testing over the past week with Nitiss driving an R2 rally car back in Latvia and Ekstrom gaining extra seat-time in his DTM car. Ekstrom, who made his World RX debut in Norway last year, is fan of the Hell RX circuit: “It’s a great track: up and down, a lot of asphalt and high-speed corners,” explained the Swede.
BTCC: Second Half of Tin Top Season Begins at Snetterton
[source: BTCC]
The 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship gets back on track at Snetterton in Norfolk next weekend (8/9 August) with its headline stars and cars ready to reignite the titanic title battle.With its annual summer break coming to an end the BTCC will be travelling east with more than 30 talented tin top drivers taking on the longest circuit on the calendar.The Snetterton 300 layout is a delight for drivers and fans alike with a combination of fast straights and twisty infield sections encircled by a plethora of grandstands and spectator banking. Giant TV screens and further panoramic viewing areas add to the experience and ensure that every moment is captured.There will be a whole host of family entertainment on offer too with forecasters also predicting a mini-heatwave over the coming weeks, so this event looks set to be a summer sizzler both on and off the circuit.


FIA World RX: New Rallycross Content Available on DiRT Rally from Today
[source: FIA World RX]
All-new content from the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy is now available via the Steam Early Access version of DiRT Rally which has been developed by award-winning video game developer, Codemasters.

From today, owners of DiRT Rally can race in RX Supercars that boast more raw power and acceleration than most other motorsports, accelerating from 0-60mph in under two seconds before hurtling into jumps, ruts and hairpins across a mix of dirt and asphalt.  Drivers will be able to compete in a brand new World RX Career Mode as well as create their own custom rallycross events.

This first, of two, World RX packs includes a selection of rallycross cars complete with official drivers and liveries plus two official circuits from World RX, bringing all the thrills of the exciting, full-contact motorsport to DiRT Rally.

The addition of today’s rallycross update continues Codemasters’ commitment to deliver free, regular and substantial content updates during DiRT Rally’s Steam Early Access Phase. The next World RX pack, coming soon, will add online competitive play for the first time to DiRT Rally, alongwith other new content.

DiRT Rally is available to purchase here

To experience the RX Supercars in action check out this brand new trailer here.

An exclusive DiRT Livestream show will be broadcast from the studio where fans can answer any questions and watch the game being played.  The link be will be live via the following link – – at 3pm BST today [3 August].

To test drive DiRT Rally, please contact Rachel Cavers on rachel.cavers@img.comto receive a Steam Early Access code.

Title: DiRT Rally
Format: PC
Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters Racing Studio
Genre: Racing
Releasing: Stream Early Access – Available Now
Price: £29.99//€41.99/$45.99

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