- Audi customer teams triumph in Germany and Italy
Audi wins again in round two of the VLN
With a strong performance, Audi drivers Frank Stippler and Anders Fjordbach clinched victory in round two of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. In the Audi R8 LMS of Phoenix Racing, the duo confirmed its dominance from the opening race and celebrated its second victory in succession. With a remarkable advantage of 57.8 seconds, Stippler/Fjordbach crossed the finish line in first place. In the overall standings, the two Phoenix drivers now have a confident lead in the top spot.
Audi drivers remain leaders of the standings in ADAC GT Masters
In round two of the ADAC GT Masters season held at the Sachsenring, Audi customer teams impressed in both races. In the first race on Saturday afternoon, Christopher Mies and Connor De Phillippi took second place. Daniel Dobitsch and Edward Sandström completed the podium.
In race two on Sunday, the Mies/Phillippi driver duo, following an overtaking maneuver on the race’s final lap, achieved a seventh place that was important for defending the lead of the standings. Rahel Frey and Philip Geipel were other drivers who had reason to celebrate. In the home round of their team, Yaco Racing, the two drivers took second place in the Audi R8 LMS. Laurens Vanthoor and Florian Stoll in third place perfected the podium success for Audi.
Audi Sport Italia victorious in season opener at Monza
Successful season opener for Audi Sport Italia in the Italian GT Championship. Marco Mapelli and Filipe Albuquerque achieved victory in race one on Saturday. After starting from position three, Mapelli, who drove the final stint, following a strong performance by Albuquerque in the Audi R8 LMS, took the lead of the race in the second half. A riveting battle in the final stage saw Mapelli finish in position one by a narrow margin. For Albuquerque it was a special race: The Portuguese driver first raced with Audi Sport Italia in 2009 and after about five years he celebrated his comeback with the team at the Monza season opener.
Audi R8 LMS supporting a good cause
An Audi R8 LMS sporting an unusual livery is on the grid in the DMV GTC racing series this year. Rutronik commissioned artist Rudi Fielitz to design an Art Car. As a distributor, Rutronik is the connecting link between customers and manufacturers. The Distribution Art Car was created as a joint project involving 46 manufacturers from the electronics industry. The conspicuous GT3 race car attracts attention to the cause supported by Bundesverband Herzkranke Kinder e.V. (Federal Association of Children Suffering from a Heart Condition). A total amount of 9,000 euros was donated to this non-profit organization while 25 children suffering from a heart condition witnessed the first race of the Distribution Art Car at the Hockenheimring. Tommy Tulpe and Fabian Plentz won the Dunlop 60 race in the DMV GTC in the car.
B-Quik Racing with two Audi R8 LMS this year
Team B-Quik Racing is doubling its line-up with Audi. The squad with team boss and race driver Henk J. Kiks has previously been involved in the Thailand Super Series (TSS) with one Audi R8 LMS. This year, the team is returning to the series with two of the German GT3 race cars and has signed Daniel Bilski as a second driver. The Australian won the amateur driver classification in the Audi R8 LMS Cup last year. The TSS will kick off this year at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, from May 19 to 22.