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Round 2: VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring

Yesterday was the 2nd round of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. There were four factory backed Audi’s participating as well as five independent teams. There was a total of 147 rated cars that took part in the 4 hour race at the famous 16.123 mi combined circuit. It was a tough race for the factory Audi’s as they faced strong competition from the Porsche 911 GT3 Rs and BMW Z4s. Phoenix Racing was able to finish a respectable 5th place in one of the toughest racing series in the world. We look forward to seeing Audi progress in the series with the addition of the R8 LMS ultra in the future. 

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Deliveries of the new Audi R8 LMS ultra begin

 
  • First examples of the new GT3 sports car presented to customers
  • Two German teams collect an R8 LMS ultra each in Neckarsulm
  • Numerous detail improvements

The first four examples of the new customer sport race car, the Audi R8 LMS ultra, have been delivered ready for the 2012 season. The teams Mamerow and Prosperia uhc speed collected the first two 420 kW (570 hp) GT3 sports cars in Neckarsulm on Friday. Two other vehicles were shipped to Japan at the same time.
 
This marks the start of part two of a success story: Since 2009, Audi has produced more than forty examples of the first generation of the R8 LMS and has achieved 119 international victories with the vehicle. And now its successor is ready to go. Two race customers collected the first examples of the new Audi R8 LMS ultra at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm. Mamerow Racing based in Castrop-Rauxel and Prosperia uhc speed of Roth were the proud recipients of this evolution of the GT3 sports car. Peter Mamerow and his team and Udo Zink, Managing Director of Prosperia uhc speed, both accepted their vehicles in person at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm.

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Four strong WRT private team drivers in the re-structured FIA GT1 World Championship

  • Private WRT team to contest entire FIA GT1 World Championship
  • Oliver Jarvis, Stéphane Ortelli, Frank Stippler and Laurens Vanthoor form the driver squad
  • Two new Audi R8 LMS ultra are used as race cars

For the re-structured FIA GT1 World Championship that starts into the new season on April 8 two new Audi R8 LMS ultra cars have been nominated as well. The private WRT team will be contesting the world championship with an international driver line-up. The former DTM racer Frank Stippler (D) and Audi factory driver Oliver Jarvis (GB) are part of the squad as well as the former Le Mans winner Stéphane Ortelli (MC). The Belgian junior Laurens Vanthoor completes the squad.

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Audi R8 LMS defends title at Bathurst

  • Christopher Mies/Darryl O’Young celebrate second victory in Australia
  • Christer Jöns and Phoenix Racing win on making their Bathurst debut
  • Performances by Mark Eddy/Craig Lowndes/Warren Luff went unrewarded

The Audi R8 LMS remains “King of the Mountain” at Bathurst. On Australia’s most challenging race track the successful GT3 sports car from Audi Sport customer racing defended its title at the 12-hour race. Christer Jöns (D), Christopher Mies (D) and Darryl O’Young (HK) won the endurance classic at Mount Panorama in extremely difficult conditions. Rain, fog, several lead changes and numerous safety car periods repeatedly interrupted the young trio’s race rhythm. But in the end they won with a 1m 13s advantage.

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Audi R8 LMS as title defender at Bathurst

 
  • DTM-winning team contests 12-hour race in Australia
  • Two Audi R8 LMS cars from Phoenix Racing with spectacular graphics
  • Audi Sport customer racing aims to repeat last year’s victory

The Audi R8 LMS will compete at the 12-hour race at Bathurst on February 26 as the title defender. Audi customer sport celebrated a one-two result on the legendary Australian race track at the beginning of the 2011 season. This year, Team Phoenix Racing as well is set on battling for overall victory with two R8 LMS cars – and the two race cars fielded by the DTM-winning team from the Eifel are causing a stir even before the event.

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Motorsport Newsletter 03/2012: Audi R8 LMS in exotic livery

  • Audi on the grid in Australia with designs from the animal kingdom
  • Formula 1 know-how at Audi Sport Team Rosberg
  • Exhibition and conference appearances for Audi factory drivers

The two Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS will be two visually striking highlights in the field at the Bathurst 12 hours at the end of February. 

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United Autosports crowd sources R8 LMS tech support

Currently United Autosports is running two Audi R8 GT3 LMS during the Dubai 24 Hours. The team at the moment is split in two with half being at the Birmingham Auto Sport Show with their new McLaren. When a problem with electrical system arose the team turned to Facebook for help. Our friends at the Unofficial Audi Sport Facebook Page quickly posted the call for help “Does anyone know where the location is for the starter relay and main relay on a R8? Is it in the front BSG or fusebox?” Within an hour there was a reply from Markus Ferlora an employee of quattro GmbH — The internal Audi group responsible for the development and production of the R8 LMS and R8. 

“It’s right rear the last two big Relais are for the starter. The first two big Relais are the main Relais for the Engine” - Markus replied.

We’ve seen some interesting uses of Facebook but this by far was the most creative. It also shows the power of online communities. 

Currently the R8s are running in 13th and 18th place. You can follow along here: Dubai 24 Hours Live Timing

Dion Von Moltke, Dr. Jim Norman to anchor APR Motorsport Audi R8 GRAND-­AM in Rolex Series

  • Duo to be joined by Ian Baas at Rolex 24 at Daytona and Six Hours at the Glen  

APR Motorsport is proud to announce the driver pairing of Dion von Moltke and Dr. Jim Norman in the team’s Audi R8 GRAND-­‐AM for the 2012 GRAND-­‐AM Rolex Sports Car Series season.

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Breaking: First photos of the US GRAND-AM Rolex Series Audi R8 LMS

 

Editor’s note: We are excited to bring another update in the R8 LMS discussion, this time from our friend and Audi racing veteran Don Istook

This latest Audi story started the day before Thanksgiving in Neckarsulm, Germany. This started many many years ago, specifically when Audi of America allowed me to receive the first TTRS in the U.S. but, I’ll just shorten the drama and go back to Neckarsulm.  

I’m in Heidelberg to visit my daughter. Audi of America arranged for a private tour of the R8 plant at quattro GmbH, and then the R8 LMS workshop. With my Audi Racing background (original Quattro in SCCA, S4′s and TT’s in Grand-Am and World Challenge), this was pretty interesting, and exciting and a long time coming.   The Audi Experience in Neckarsulm is just that an incredible Audi Experience! This is one of the sites where you would receive your Audi on the European delivery plan.  Marvelous modern facility, wonderful Nuvalori restaurant, great gift shop and staffed with marvelous, helpful employees.    

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Audi R8 LMS ALMS GT rumors gaining traction

Rumors have been racing around the motor sports community for several weeks now with signs pointing to an ALMS GTE homologation for the R8 LMS. We try to not make a habit of posting and spreading rumors. However, this has been mentioned several times already including today. John Hindhaugh of Radio LeMans fame made mention of the rumor during the Race of Champions. Also, the Belgium Audi Club which is currently very successful racing the R8 LMS in Europe has hinted several times at the possibility of racing in America and Le Mans. We’ve also been told by many sources that ALMS is not happy with the FIA WEC dropping Petit Le Mans. The ALMS may speed up the introduction of more cars into the GT class in an attempt to keep the Audi fans happy.  The easiest way would be to get the R8 LMS homologated for ACO GTE and that would allow the R8 to compete at Le Mans and in the ALMS.

With the current status unknown Audi is pushing ahead with the Rolex homologated Version of the R8 LMS. Coincidentally, the R8 LMS is scheduled to have its first Daytona test session on Wednesday when Audi Engineers and a few US teams descend on Daytona. The question is if the ALMS GTE spec is approved would the teams press on with Rolex or make the jump to ALMS? 

The Rolex spec’d engine is too de-tuned for ALMS GT. While the tuning issue is likely a simpler fix, we aren’t sure about the roll-cage as the Grand-Am spec calls for a 2mm increase in roll-cage thickness which adds extra weight and a stiffer chassis. The Grand-Am rear wing, front splitter and rear defuser should easily be substituted depending on the construction. The standard anti-lock system and traction control of the R8 LMS are removed, since such driving aids are prohibited by Grand-Am rules as well as  GTE rules.

However, our guess is that Rolex Cars will always be Rolex cars. With the Ultra version of the R8 LMS on the way we could be almost guaranteed to it racing in the ALMS.  One thing is for certain, we are extremely excited about the Audi R8 LMS racing in North America. If things pan out the way we interpret them we may in fact have them racing in 2 separate series!  QuattroWorld will have representatives at the test days this week at Daytona, and we will report our findings as soon as we know more.