Monday, August 8, 2022

Audi celebrates first victories of the season in NLS and FIA WTCR

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Class victory in the USA: On the seventh race weekend of the Trans Am, Team Ave Motorsports was delighted with a class win. Seth Lucas prevailed in the GT class on the Mid-Ohio circuit in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 with a one-lap lead over pursuer Jack Rinke in a Chevrolet Camaro.

Second place in Great Britain: Steller Motorsport returned from the fourth race weekend of the British GT Championship with a trophy. Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding secured second place in the first race in a field of 13 class contenders with the Audi R8 LMS GT4. It was already the fourth podium result for the two Brits this season.

On the podium twice in Spain: Pierre Arraou climbed the podium in both races in the Campeonato de España de Resistencia. The Frenchman was second best in his class in the first race in his Audi R8 LMS GT4 and finished third in the second race.

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

First win of the season in the FIA WTCR: Gilles Magnus clinched the first victory of the 2022 season in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup with Comtoyou Team Audi Sport at the fourth event. The Belgian, who has been an Audi Sport driver since this year, had prevailed over team-mate Nathanaël Berthon in qualifying at Aragón and started the first sprint from first place. In a race that was open to the end, Magnus in the Audi RS 3 LMS kept the Briton Rob Huff behind him by 0.393 seconds. With the second overall victory of his WTCR career, Magnus improved from eighth position to second place in the standings behind Mikel Azcona.

Double victory on the Nordschleife: Two Audi RS 3 LMS determined the action in the TCR class at the third round of the Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie. For the first time, Scherer Sport had brought an Audi RS 3 LMS gen II to the grid. The experienced Nürburgring drivers Benjamin Leuchter, Christoph Breuer and Andreas Gülden had a one-lap lead on their debut for the team on the more than 24-kilometer track. Second place went to Team Møller Bil Motorsport, another Audi customer. The Norwegians Atle Gulbrandsen/Kenneth Østvold/Håkon Schjærin had shared a first-generation Audi RS 3 LMS.

Successful home race: Bartosz Groszek was in top form at his home race in the TCR Eastern Europe in Poznaň. The Pole steered his Team Aditis Racing Audi RS 3 LMS to second place in the first sprint. In the second race, the leader of the standings clinched his second victory of the season on the track near the western Polish city of Poznaň by four seconds.

Three wins in Poland: Jakub Franek remained unbeaten in his Audi RS 3 LMS at Poznaň. In the third round of the Eset Cup, the Pole won the D4 class in both sprints. In the two-hour endurance race of the Mistrzostwa Polski Endurance series, he again decided his class in his favor at the same event.

Podium in Denmark: The Audi customer team Dan Agro Racing achieved a podium result in the Danish Endurance Championship with the Audi RS 3 LMS. On the second race weekend, Stefan Lorenzen finished the second 50-minute race at the Jyllandsringen in third place in a field of ten class contenders.

Two trophies in Spain: The drivers Jorge Silva/Pedro da Silva recorded two podium results at the third round of the Campeonato de España Resistencia. The two Portuguese drivers clinched second and third place in their class at the Aragón circuit in the Audi RS 3 LMS fielded by Veloso Motorsport.

Coming up next week

29/06–03/07 Bangsaen (THA), round 1, Thailand Super Series 
01–03/07 Mosport (CDN), round 6, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge 
01–03/07 Norisring (D), round 4, DTM 
01–03/07 Norisring (D), round 3, DTM Trophy 
01–03/07 Misano (I), round 4, GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup 
01–03/07 Misano (I), round 3, GT4 European Series 
02–03/07 Misano (I), round 3, GT2 European Series 
02–03/07 Vila Real (P), round 5, FIA WTCR 
02–03/07 Norisring (D), round 4, TCR Europe

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