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Q&A: Markus Winkelhock on His Audi R8 LMS Victory & R8 e-tron Record at The Nurburgring

Exactly six weeks ago you won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. How often do these moments come back to your mind now?
“Very often. Especially this weekend when I was a guest at the DTM an incredibly large number of people mentioned this to me and expressed their congratulations. And then the authentic winning car was showcased at Audi’s location and I had the chance to do some show laps in it – that was truly a goose bump feeling…”

With a bit of a distance, how do you rate this victory?
“Very far at the top. Of course the first victory in Formula 3 was great too, and there were also some nice experiences in Formula One or the DTM. But victory at such a famous event as the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife has been and will always be very special.”

Now you’ve set a world record in the Audi R8 e-tron on the Nordschleife. Was this a new experience?
“A completely new experience. I’ve never had a record drive in a production vehicle before and even sat in an electric car for the first time. That’s really a strange feeling, when there’s no sound from the engine whatsoever. It took three laps before I was able to properly judge acceleration and speed. We were successful and of course now I’m hoping that our record will last for a long time.”

First the 24-hour victory and then the world record – the Audi R8 has got to be your absolutely favorite car now …
“Yes, it is. Somehow we seem to fit together well. Of course I’m now hoping that we’ll be clinching a lot more successes together in the future.

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