Sabtu, 05 September 2015

Blancpain Sprint Series: Christopher Mies and WRT Audi take pole position at Portimao

Blancpain GT Series Press Release

Christopher Mies proved to be quickest in the qualifying session of the Algarve round of the 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series. With his #2 Audi Sport Team WRT R8, the German was almost four tenths quicker than Vincent Abril in the #84 Bentley Team HTP Continental, with Series leader Laurens Vanthoor in the #1 Audi Sport Team WRT car only four hundredths of a second behind the Frenchman.

All through qualifying lap times were cancelled for not respecting track limits. That nearly caused the #88 Reiter Lamborghini - one of the fastest cars in free practice - to drop out of the top-8 going to Q3, but Nick Catsburg just managed to go through. In the decisive part, the Dutchman had to settle for eighth due to problems with the engine.

With five Audi's in the top-8, there was not much room for other cars in Q3. Beside Abril's Bentley and Catsburg's Gallardo only Craig Dolby got his Nissan into the final part, eventually qualifying in sixth.

Just outside the decisive part was the #333 Rinaldi Ferrari and both the Brazilian BMW's. Max Van Splunteren set the fastest time in the Silver Cup with the #83 Bentley Team HTP car, while Marko Asmer took pole in Pro-Am, driving the #71 GT Russian Mercedes.

The Qualifying Race of the fifth round of the Blancpain Sprint Series starts this afternoon, at 14:15 local time.

Christopher Mies (#2 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi): "We had a hard time to get a good time in Q2, but after small adjustments all fell into place for Q3. Now we're on the grid with the Series leader right behind us, and one of the contenders next to us on the front row. This is a very competitive Series, so it will not be easy to keep that first position, but we will certainly try our best."

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Kamis, 03 September 2015

World RX: A record number of seven Audi Rallycross racers heading to Loheac

By Tarek Ramchani

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is moving to France this weekend. The challenging Loheac circuit will play host to the ninth round of the 2015 season. The French event will feature no less than seven Audi Rallycross racers. Six will compete in the upper Supercar class and one in the Super 1600 one.

EKS will field once again a pair of Audi S1 quattros. Team owner Mattias Ekström had an unlucky World RX meeting in Norway, he will try to bounce back and fight for the overall event victory. This is will be the first time for Eki in France.

The second EKS entry will be in the hands of Anton Marklund. The young Swedish driver will be behind the wheel of the #92 Audi S1 and will be eager to perform well.

ALL-INKL Münnich Motorsport will enter the French event with two Audi S3. Team owner René Münnich will drive the #77 car. His team-mate Alx Danielsson will drive the sister #55 Audi. In Norway the ALL-INKL Münnich Motorsport performed very well with Alx Danielsson reaching the big final for the first time.

Robin Larsson will race Larsson Jernberg Racing Audi Supercar entry. The 2014 European Rallycross champion will drive the #4 Audi A1. Larsson will try to shine again after a sensational overall podium in Hell.

Another Audi A1 Supercar will take part in Loheac RX. Tamas Karai from Hungary will be behind the wheel of the #102 Audi A1 from team  Racing-Com KFT.

Yvonnick Jagu a regular Audi driver in the French Rallycross Championship will enter the #31 Audi A1. He will compete in the Super 1600 class.

Loheac RX Entry List

As usual in FIA World Rallycross Championship, the action will start on Saturday with the open practice followed by Heat 1 and Heat 2. Heat 3, Heat 4, the Semi-Finals and the big Final wil be held on Sunday.

Photo credit:  World RX 

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Rabu, 02 September 2015

Bathurst 12 Hour: Five Audi R8 LMS cars on provisional entry list

By Tarek Ramchani

Bathurst 12 Hour organizers have published today the provisional entry list for the famous Mount Panorama enduracne event. The Audi Sport customer racing squad is represented by five cars.

For the 2016 race, five Audi R8 LMS and ultra cars will challenge for the ovrall victory entering the demanding Class A against strong rivals representing a great selection of brands. 

Three cars are coming  from local Australian teams, Melbourne Perfomance Centre, Hallmarc / Network and Wall RacingInternational Motorsport from New Zealand will enter one Audi R8 LMS ultra. Phoenix Racing will have a brand new Audi R8 LMS in the challenging Australian endurance event.

The Audi brand won Bathurst 12 hour twice, in 2011 with Audi race experience Team Joest and a year later with Phoenix Racing.

Bathurst 12 Hour 2016 provisional entry list can be seen here.

Photo credit: Phoenix Racing

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Senin, 31 Agustus 2015

Blancpain Sprint Series: Six Audi R8 LMS ultras ready for the Portimao round

By Tarek Ramchani

Portimao will play host to the fifth round of the 2015 Blancpain Sprint SeriesFollowing an unlucky Russian round at the Moscow Raceway, the Audi teams will be eager to take victories and big points in the Algarve.

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT will fied a total of the four cars in Portugal. Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns will share the #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra. The two drivers are leading the overall standing with 109 points each. Christopher Mies and Enzo Ide will drive the #2 Audi. Stéphane Richelmi and Stéphane Ortelli will share the #3 R8 LMS ultra. James Nash and Frank Stippler will be behind the wheel of the #4 machine.

Phoenix Racing from Germany is fielding a single Audi. The #6 car will be Niki Mayr-Melnhof and Markus Winkelhock will share the #6 R8 LMS ultra. Last time out in Russia the team performed very well with Markus Winkelhock the only driver behind the wheel.

The ISR Racing Team from the Czech Republic will enter one car at Portimao. The #75 Audi R8 LMS ultra will be driven by Filip Salaquarda and Marco Bonanomi. The two drivers will hunt some strong results in the sprint series after some unlucky rounds this year.

Portimao Entry List

Blancpain Sprint Series action will start on Friday with two practice sessions. the three qualifying sessions and the qualifying race will be held on Saturday. The warm-up and the main race will be held on Sunday.

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series

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Pirelli World Challenge: Positive debut for Compass360 Racing Audi TT RS at Sonoma

By Tarek Ramchani

Compass360 Racing debuted with the Audi TT RS in the Pirelli World Challenged at Sonoma Raceway last weekend. The car competed in the GTS class showing some positive performances.

The #78 Audi TT RS was driven by team's regular Paul Holton. He ended Satruday's opening race in twenty-second place overall. On Sunday he improved and finished the 50-minute sprint race in seventeenth place.

Compass360 Racing and the Audi TT RS will be back for Pirelli World Challenge season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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DTM: Antonio Giovinazzi delighted with strong DTM debut in Moscow

By Tarek Ramchani

Antonio Giovinazzi debuted last weekend in the demanding Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at the Moscow Raceway. The Italian driver replaced Timo Scheider behind the wheel of the Audi Sport Team Phoenix run Audi RS 5 DTM.

Antonio Giovinazzi who leads the competitive FIA Formula 3 European Championship performed very well in the Russian round of the DTM. He was fast and impressive in the practice and qualifying sessions and battled very well in the two races.

The talented Italian driver was delighted by his performances first time out in the DTM

“An exciting weekend. Thanks to the tremendous support by the team and by Audi I managed to improve session by session in my DTM debut.”

“On Sunday, I was only lacking three tenths from the pole position of my team-mate Mike (Rockenfeller). Unfortunately, in the race itself I was hit early by a rival and lost a lot of ground. Afterwards, I had a lonely race. My lap times were good and I learned a lot.”

“It was a great experience, ‘thanks’ to everyone for this opportunity. Now I’m going to concentrate on the battle for the title in Formula 3 again.”

Photo credit: Audi Media

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Minggu, 30 Agustus 2015

FIA WEC: Audi takes third and fourth in a thrilling 6 Hours of the Nürburgring

By Tarek Ramchani

Audi Sport Team Joest finished the 6 Hours of the Nürburgring in positions three and four. The two factory Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars battled very well against the strong Porsche Team in front of a great crowd.

Outright race victory went to the #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid shared by Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley ahead of the sister #18 car of Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas.

Best of the Audis was the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer and Marcel Fassler. The three drivers finished the German event in third place overall behind the two works Porsches.

Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis ended the event in fourth place overall with the #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

The Nürburgring race was highlighted by an amazing threeway battle for the second place at the final hour mark. The #7 Audi, the #8 Audi and the #18 Porsche battled each other in the middle of GTE and LMP2 traffic. Fans on site and across the world enjoyed a thrilling and fierce fight between the three hybrid LMP1 racers.

The FIA World Endurance Championship will leave Europe and head to North America and the beautiful COTA in Texas next month.

Photo credit: Audi Media

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