Friday, May 20, 2022

Successful start to the season for Audi in New Zealand

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Second place in Great Britain: Team Steller Motorsport went through ups and downs on the second weekend of the British GT at Silverstone. Sennan Fielding scored the second pole position in his class this year in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 before a turbulent three-hour race began. Shortly after the start, an Aston Martin collided with the Audi, resulting in a spin for Sennan Fielding and a ten-second penalty for his opponent. Steller Motorsport adjusted its strategy, refueling less and allowing Fielding and teammate Richard Williams to run shorter stints. As a result, they caught up thanks to their better lap times and moved up to third position. After a penalty for a BMW team, the Audi privateers were handed second place in the final classification. 

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

First victory for new Audi RS 3 LMS in TCR Italy: On just the second race weekend, the customer-run Audi RS 3 LMS gen II clinched its first victory of the season in TCR Italy. In the race series with an outstanding field of 30 entrants, Gil Rubén Fernàndez started the second sprint at Imola from pole position. While the first days of the event were rainy and the sky overcast, the Auto Club RC2 Valles team had worked out a perfect set-up of the Audi for the dry and sunny race Sunday. Fernàndez led from the start, but had to concede the lead to Michele Imberti after a small mistake on lap 5. After a safety car period the Audi privateer overtook the car in front of him again on lap 10. In the end, he clinched his first victory of the season with a lead of just under half a second over Imberti in a Hyundai. As a result, Gil Rubén Fernàndez improved from twelfth to fifth place in the standings.

Audi Sport customer racing Asia

Driver squad announced: Audi Sport customer racing Asia enters the 2022 Asian motorsport season with five race drivers. Cheng Congfu, last year’s China GT Champion, two-time Thailand Super Series Champion Sandy Stuvik and long-time Audi driver Shaun Thong form the core team. The two young drivers Yu Kuai and Cao Zhuo, who are being promoted in the new Audi Sport Asia Junior Programme, complete the lineup. “Since 2018, the Audi Sport Asia Driver pool has been utilized by our customers and teams in Asia to bolster their championship bids across the region,” said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “With seasoned championship winners Cheng Congfu, Shaun Thong and Sandy Stuvik, joined by our impressive juniors Yu Kuai and Cao Zhuo, we believe we have equipped ourselves and our customers very well for the various title assaults in the season ahead.” Audi Sport customer racing Asia will determine the individual programs for each of its drivers at a later date.

Coming up next week

12–15/05 Pergusa (I), round 1, Campionato Italiano GT Endurance 
13–14/05 Anderstorp (S), round 1, GT4 Scandinavia
13–15/05 Bathurst (AUS), round 1, Intercontinental GT Challenge
13–15/05 Bathurst (AUS), round 2, GT World Challenge Australia
13–15/05 Magny-Cours (F), round 2, GT4 France
13–15/05 Mid-Ohio (USA), round 4, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
13–15/05 Hockenheim (D), round 4, 24H Series
13–15/05 Magny-Cours (F), round 2, GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup
14/05 Snetterton (GB), round 3, British Endurance Championship
14–15/05 Zolder (B), round 1, Belcar Series

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