Double Victory For Audi In Racing
The first victory of the year was achieved in Japan with the Audi R8 LMS in one of the worlds toughest GT3 racing series. An Eastern Europe customer team also celebrated a number of wins with the first generation of Audi’s GT3 sports car at the same time.
As one of the toughest national GT3 racing series worldwide, the GT3000 class of the Super GT saw the first victory this year in Japan with the Audi R8 LMS. The competition sees 29 race cars from twelve brands on tires from four different manufacturers, with the Audi Team Hitotsuyama winning the sixth race of the season on the demanding Suzuka circuit. Tsubasa Kondo started the race from sixth place, handing over the Audi R8 LMS to Shintaro Kawabata during the driver change with the Audi R8 LMS having already recorded 42 victories in 119 races worldwide this season.
With 30 million viewers followed the presentation in the social media, generating 200 million impressions, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 is making an impact whilst currently on tour in China. Customers had the chance to test the racing car for the first time in Shanghai with the Absolute Racing team.
In Eastern Europe, Audi also saw multiple successes after 2018 and 2019, where the title in the Eset V4 Cup Endurance went to an Audi customer team for the third time in a row. Daniel Skalický won the endurance classification of the Eastern European racing series in an Audi R8 LMS ultra. After one win, two third places and a fourth place this season, the privateer has now secured a 19-point lead in the standings over the BMW driver duo Gregor Zsigo/Štefan Rosina. At the same event, Skalický also took third place in a sprint race and thus also won the sprint title in the Eset V4 Cup.
The North Island Endurance Series saw the Team IMS ending the season with second place at the finale, whilst Andrew Fawcett/Sam Fillmore led the field at times in the Audi R8 LMS and after three hours of racing, achieved a second consecutive podium result. In September, the two New Zealanders had already achieved second place at the Hampton Downs circuit.
At the home game in TCR Europe, Team Comtoyou Racing kept on track for their two leading positions out of the three possible. Jean-Michel Baert’s team which enters three AudiRS 3 LMS models, is leading the team standings ahead of the finale in Jarama, holding a 94-point advantage. In the Yokohama Trophy, with seven points ahead of Sami Taoufik, stands Nicolas Baert, whilst the overall championship standings sees Audi driver Mehdi Bennani with a second place title out of a possible 29 positions and with only 26 points between him and first place.
The Audi customer team Hornák Aditis achieved a podium finish in its class in the final round of the Eset V4 Cup. In the one-hour race at the Hungaroring, Radim Adámek and Miro Hornák in their Audi RS 3 LMS finished third.
Another podium result was also achieved by Max Frederik Gruhn in German club racing with his Audi RS 3 LMS. After the junior had been on the podium several times as a regular participant in the Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy, he started in the third round of the Northern German ADAC Börde Touring Car Cup. After two hours of racing, he took second place in his class.
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