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Motorsport Newsletter 37/2011: Audi honors its most successful racers

  • Recognition for teams from around the world in Neckarsulm
  • Audi advertising with racing visual receives award
  • Popular Audi factory drivers make various appearances

At a grand season finale, Audi honored the brand’s most successful racers and teams of the 2011 season at the Audi Forum Neckarsulm on Friday.

Audi Sport finale in Neckarsulm: The Members of Audi’s Board of Management Michael Dick (Technical Development) and Peter Schwarzenbauer (Marketing and Sales) together with Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich honored the best Audi drivers of the 2011 season. Alongside the Le Mans winners, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, and Audi Sport Team Joest Team Director Ralf Jüttner, Martin Tomczyk, the 2011 DTM Champion 2011, with Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Team Director Ernst Moser appeared on stage. The best drivers and team directors from the Audi Sport customer racing programs received recognition as well. The individuals honored in this group were Greg Franchi, the winner of the Spa 24 Hours with Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider and winner of the Blancpain Endurance Series, their WRT Team Director Vincent Vosse, Audi factory driver Marco Bonanomi, the Italian GT Champion, with Audi Sport Italia Team Director Emilio Radaelli, Shinya Inose from Nova Engineering, the Super Taikyu Series winning team in Japan and the Portuguese drivers César Campaniço/João Figueiredo, who won the Taça Cup in Portugal and the Spanish GTS Championship.

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Strong Audi presence at 2011 Race of Champions

  • Four Audi “factory” drivers to contest the race in Düsseldorf
  • DTM racer Filipe Albuquerque will compete as title defender
  • Audi R8 LMS is the most powerful competition vehicle

Audi will be represented at the 2011 Race of Champions at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf on December 3 and 4, 2011 with its strongest line-up ever. As many as four Audi “factory” drivers will compete with Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel & company. In addition, the brand with the four rings is deploying the 525-HP Audi R8 LMS to the meeting of the world’s best race and rally drivers as the most powerful competition vehicle in the field. 

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Petit Le Mans Audi Motorsport Experience

The Petit Le Mans endurance race will be your only chance to catch the Le Mans winning R18 State-side. Today Audi released the details on how fans can take part in this incredible experience.

Audi motorsport experience at Petit Le Mans
Road Atlanta
September 30 – October 1, 2011

Audi Motorsport returns to the US for the sixth round of the International Le Mans Cup (ILMC) at Road Atlanta. After a thrilling win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, two Audi R18 TDI prototypes and an all-star driver lineup will compete for the overall win in the 1,000 mile or ten-hour Petit Le Mans endurance race. The R18 TDI prototypes will showcase the Audi ultra lightweight technology available in Audi production vehicles.

The Audi motorsport experience will provide Audi racing enthusiasts with an unparalleled race weekend experience that everyone is sure to enjoy. Audi will offer a two story racing hospitality venue overlooking the main straight and turn one. We are excited to announce catering and refreshments on Friday and Saturday provided by Chef Richard Blais – winner of BRAVO’s “Top Chef All-Stars” and local Atlanta favorite.

Audi motorsport experience

  • Access to Audi Club
  • 4-day Road Atlanta Superticket
  • Audi Club Parade Lap
  • Audi Sport Professional Driver Meet and Greet
  • Opportunity to visit the Audi Sport pit area during the race
  • Audi Sport Technical Discussion
  • Audi R8 Test Drive
  • Audi Sport Gift Items
  • Exclusive Audi Car Corral Parking (Audi vehicles only please)
  • Catering and refreshments on Friday and Saturday provided by Chef Richard Blais

Ticket Prices

  • Audi Club North America (ACNA) Members: $200
  • Non ACNA Members: $250 (includes 1-year ACNA membership)

Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Order your tickets soon! —

HD: The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2011

Le Mans is a highly emotional, almost spiritual event. Conveying that experience to those who have not been there before is quite a difficult task. Audi TV has done a phenomenal job of putting together a highlight real bringing you the highs and lows of this years running of the 24 hours of Le Mans. If you don’t get goosebumps while watching this video I don’t know if you can call yourself a true Audi fan! Make sure to view this in full screen and turn up the volume.

Audi Celebrates Tenth Le Mans Title With New R8 V8 Limited Edition

Distinctive design features and a high level of standard equipment for new limited run version of acclaimed 430PS, 187mph sports car

  • R8 V8 Limited Edition available to order from July in coupe form only and with either manual or R tronic automated manual transmission priced from £93,935 OTR –  first UK deliveries in October
  • Marked out externally by R8 GT-inspired titanium-look alloy wheels and red brake callipers, and inside by trim detailing in crimson red
  • Exclusive titanium effect paint finish and carbon package options
  • Standard equipment includes Audi magnetic ride, satellite navigation, the Audi Music Interface (AMI), interior light package, Bang and Olufsen sound system and Bluetooth mobile phone preparation with integrated seat-belt microphones.
  • R8 V8 Limited Edition 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, 187mph top speed, 21.2mpg (R tronic), CO2 310g/km (R tronic)

A stunning new titanium-effect paintwork option and enhanced standard equipment will mark out  the new R8 V8 Limited Edition, which becomes available to order next month priced from £93,935 OTR. Created in honour of the tenth victory for Audi in this month’s gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon race, which was won first in 2000 by the R8 sports prototype, the new feature-rich special edition road car is based on the hugely successful R8 V8 Coupe. It will be reserved solely for UK R8 customers, and with just 100 examples currently scheduled for production it will offer even greater exclusivity.

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Le Mans winning Audi R18 takes victory lap at Ingolstadt Audi factory

The Audi R18 TDI that won the Le Mans 24 Hours a week ago returned to its origins. On the premises of the plant in Ingolstadt the successful sport prototype presented itself to Audi’s employees on Tuesday morning.

After Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer have won the Le Mans 24 Hours Audi’s employees welcomed the “homecomers”. The victorious Audi R18 TDI drove around the premises of the main plant. All three drivers and Head of Audi Motorsport were on location and signed autographs.

Source: Audi Sport

Facts about Audi’s tenth Le Mans victory

  • 249,500 spectators witnessed one of the closest finishes ever
  • Lowest fuel consumption of all Audi races at Le Mans
  • Up to 54 consecutive laps with one set of Michelin tires

Audi recorded its tenth victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with ultra lightweight technology, an innovative V6 TDI engine and the first ever use of full LED headlights. The most important facts of a memorable race:

After 24 hours the Audi R18 TDI with start number “2” had a winning margin of exactly 13.854 seconds over the second placed Peugeot. This equates to 763 meters. The victorious Audi R18 TDI covered 4,838.295 kilometers. The average speed was 201.266 km/h.

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DTM comeback for Tom Kristensen

  • Mike Rockenfeller sits out Lausitzring
  • Complete recovery has priority for Audi
  • Le Mans record winner as substitute

Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen (43) will make a comeback in the DTM this coming weekend at the Lausitzring. The Dane replaces third in the standings Mike Rockenfeller (27) at the wheel of the E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

Mike Rockenfeller is recovering quickly but Audi wants to be completely sure that he has sufficient time to fully regenerate following his heavy accident at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “Knowing well that Mike is fighting for the DTM title this year his full recovery has absolute priority,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “After prior consultation with our team doctor I have decided to rest him this coming weekend and also for the 24 hour race at the Nürburgring for this reason.”

With Tom Kristensen an old hand returns for one race to the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline squad. The eight-time Le Mans winner competed between 2004 and 2009 for Audi in the DTM before concentrating solely on the sport prototype program. Although he considers the Lausitzring not to be one of his favorite circuits, the Dane has fond memories of the circuit: he mounted the podium as best Audi driver there in 2005 and 2006. “Tom K.” has won four DTM races in his career to date.

“First of all I’m sorry for ‘Rocky’ that he will miss this race. I wish him a speedy recovery. After being out of the DTM for two years it will certainly be very tough to come back. But when Dr. Ullrich called me it was self-evident for me to help Audi Sport in this situation,” says the Dane. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the old friends again and will try to substitute ‘Rocky’ as well as possible.”

Audi TV releases video recap of the 2011 Le Mans race

The Audi R18 TDI claimed its first Le Mans overall victory on its maiden trip to 24 hours of Le Mans. The race was spectacularly emotional, as two of the R18s ended their races prematurely in spectacular wrecks. However the pole sitting #2 R18 TDI fought a hard battle against 4 Peugeots all by itself and in the end won a victory by the very narrowest of margins with only a 13 second lead. Perhaps Dr. Ullrich said it best, “It was just mountains and valleys of emotions for all of us.” This video recap does an amazing job of capturing this experience and giving you a small glimpse into what it is like at Le Mans.

Thanks to Audi Sport unofficial fan page on Facebook for the link!

Audi wins historic 10th victory at Le Mans!

Audi claims victory at the 79th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans! André Lotterer was able to maintain an incredible pace and setting the fastest lap at (3m 25.289) on lap 229. He was able to successfully navigate the artificial traffic caused by the Peugeot drivers in an attempt to slow him down and crossed the finish line victoriously! The race was a dramatic one with both the #1 car and #3 cars exiting the race in very scary wrecks that destroyed the car. The #2 car set the standard early by taking pole position but they did not lead throughout the race. Once they were the only car left you could tell the stakes were raised much higher. We are so excited for the entire team at Audi Sport and are very thankful for allowing us to share this experience with them! Congratulation to Leena Gade as she is the very first woman engineer to represent the winning team at Le Mans! We will post more pictures and news soon so stay tuned!