Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blancpain Sprint Series: Laurens Vanthoor gives Audi a great pole position in Slovakia Ring


By Tarek Ramchani

A great Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying session for the Audi brand at the demanding Slovakia Ring. A fine pole position and no less than three cars within the first four positions.

Laurens Vanthoor took a sensational pole position after a thrilling Q3 qualifying session at the Slovakian track. The Audi factory driver was the fastest behind the wheels of the #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.

The recent winner of the Total 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and Blancpain Endurance Series leader set a best time of 1:58.187. The Belgian GT ace finished ahead of Lamborghini's Jeroen Bleekemolen.


Phoenix Racing performed very well too. Markus Winkelhock driving the #6 Audi R8 LMS ultra was third fastest with a best time of 1:58:870. René Rast driving the #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT was right behind in fourth place. The other three Audis qualified outside the Top 10.

Slovakia Ring qualifying results (Q3) can be seen here.

The qualifying race will follow at 14:45 GMT with a live stream coverage at www.blancpain-gt-series.com.

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series


Australian GT: Top 5 and class win for Audi teams in Sydney Motorsport Park race 1


By Tarek Ramchani

The Audi teams performed very well in the first of the two Australian GT Championship races today at Sydney Motorsport Park. Top 5 results overall and domination in GT Trophy class with a fine 1-2 victory.

The #6 Skwirk.com.au Audi R8 LMS shared by  Rod Salmon and Nathan Antunes finished in a very solid fourth overall and took a great GT Trophy class win.

The #71 Audi R8 LMS from Equity-One Motorsport ended right behind in fifth place and second in GT Trophy class. The car was driven by Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow.


The #75 JAMEC PEM Audi R8 LMS ultra driven by Steve McLaughlan and Warren Luff finished the 1-hour race in eighth place overall.

Outright victory went to the #7 Aston Martin V12 Vantage from VIP Petfoods. The #1 McLaren MP4-12C from Darrell Lea was second. The #48 Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 from Interlloy was third.

Photo credit: Australian GT


Friday, August 22, 2014

Sepang 12 Hours: Seven Audi R8 LMS and ultra cars will enter Sepang 12 Hours


By Tarek Ramchani

One week to go for the traditional Malaysia Merdeka Endurance at Sepang International Circuit. The Audi brand will be represented by a total of seven Audi R8 LMS and ultra cars.

The Audi entries are from three different teams and will target both overall victory and  GTC class win.s The Sepang 12 Hours will feature eleven GT3 cars. The Audi teams and drivers will be challenged by strong rivals from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz teams.

Absolute Racing will have a very busy race with no less than five cars. Two Audi R8 LMS ultra and three Audi R8 LMS Cup cars.


MPC from Australia will field a single car, their Audi R8 LMS ultra will feature Audi works driver Christopher Mies.

B-Quick Racing from Thailand will field an Audi R8 LMS Cup and will compete in GTC class.

Sepang 12 Hours entry list can be seen here.

Photo credit: Absolute Racing

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BTCC: Audi teams move to Scotland and want to shine at Knockhill


By Tarek Ramchani

The British Touring Car Championship is heading to Scotland this weekend. The very short and popular Knockhill circuit will play host to the seventh meeting of the 2014 season.

The Audi brand will be once again represented by three cars from Rob Austin Racing and Rotek Racing. Both teams will try to perform well in a very large and demanding field at the Scotthish track.

Rob Austin Racing will field its pair of Audi A4 NGTC cars for team-owner and superstar Rob Austin and his team-mate Hunter Abbott.

Rob Austin was a true hero in Scotland taking an emotional and outstanding pole position beating the works and factory supported teams and drivers. Rob Austin will be eager to perform well again and fight for the top spots.

Hunter Abbott is having a positive debut in BTCC with and he too will target strong results against strong rivals within the independent field.

Rotek Racing and their driver Robb Holland performed very well last time out at Snetterton. The brand new Audi S3 Sedan took it first points this season in BTCC. Robb Holland and his team will give everything to secure additional points with a very improving race car.

As always two practice sessions and qualifying will be held on Saturday. All three races are set for Sunday.

Photo credit: BTCC


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TUSC: Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway Next For Flying Lizard Motorsports


Flying Lizard Motorsports Press Release

It will be a very busy weekend for team driver Spencer Pumpelly (USA) as he will race in both Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS race cars during the two hour and forty five minute TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, as well as trying his hand at announcing for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series at VIR. Spencer will join Dion von Moltke (South Africa) in the No. 35 PR Newswire / UBM Tech / eSilicon Audi R8 LMS, as Dion's normal co-driver and team principal Seth Neiman has not yet been cleared to return to the race car after a hip injury at the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis two races ago. Spencer will also race with his normal co-driver, Nelson Canache Jr. (Venezuela), in the No. 45 Yoddle / Venezuela / eSilicon Audi R8 LMS, starting the race in the No. 35 and finishing the race in the No. 45.


The 3.27-mile Virginia International Raceway circuit has been completely repaved and widened in spots, leading to a new challenge for all of the teams leading into the race weekend. Additionally, the race will be a GT-only affair, with the Flying Lizard's GT Daytona class being joined by GT Le Mans. This will make for much less traffic for all of the drivers as the Prototype Challenge class races separately and the Prototype class skips this stop on the TUDOR calendar.

Three total hours of practice will precede qualifying at 12:30pm ET on Saturday, August 23rd, with the race at 4:05pm ET on Sunday, August 24th. Live timing and scoring for the race and all practice sessions and qualifying can be found at www.imsa.com and on the IMSA mobile app. Qualifying will be broadcast live on IMSA.com and in the United States, the race will be televised live at 4:00pm ET on Fox Sports 1 and also on the Fox Sports Go mobile app. Outside of the United States, the full race broadcast will also be available live at www.imsa.com.


About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard is based on Sonoma, California, and has competed in the American Le Mans Series for ten consecutive seasons, from 2004 to 2012 in the GT class and in 2013 in GTC. The Lizards have won two ALMS GT team championships (2008 and 2009), one ALMS GTC team championship (2013), and have secured three ALMS GT Drivers' championships (2008, 2009, and 2010).

Flying Lizard has also competed in the 24 Heures du Mans from 2005 through 2012, finishing third in 2005, fourth in 2006, sixth in 2008, sixth in 2011, and fourth in 2012.

Please visit the team website at www.lizardms.com and the team store atwww.flyinglizardstore.com.


About Audi of America and the Audi R8 LMS
Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for customer racing events. Since its inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout the GT3 racing format worldwide, including victory in the GT class in the 2013 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50% of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 Liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components.

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies.

Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

Photo credit: Flying Lizard Motorsports / Bob Chapman


André Lotterer to replace Kamui Kobayashi at the Belgian Grand Prix


Caterham Press Release

André Lotterer will drive for Caterham F1 Team at the Belgian Grand Prix. The team will benefit from having another experienced driver at the wheel of the car throughout the weekend and the German's feedback will contribute to improve the performance of the car. The weather also plays a big role at Spa-Francorchamps and Lotterer is one of the most experienced drivers racing under mixed conditions.

Lotterer will replace Kamui Kobayashi for this round of the championship. The Japanese driver still remains part of the team.

Born in Duisburg in Germany, Lotterer moved to Belgium when he was only two years of age and grew up close to Nivelles, a city that's only 150km from Spa-Francorchamps. Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Lotterer started racing in the early 90s, succeeding in both German and British Formula 3 championships before being named Jaguar Racing's Formula One test driver in 2002. A year later he moved to Japan, doing very well in both Formula Nippon and the Japanese Super GT Championship, which he won in 2006 and 2009. He made his debut in endurance racing in 2009, taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. His impressive performance that year earned him a drive with the works Audi Sport team in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, remaining with the team and winning the prestigious race three times (2011, 2012 and 2014). In 2011 he won the Formula Nippon championship. Since 2012, the German competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

André Lotterer, car #10: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in a Formula One race weekend - I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this chance. I'm ready for this challenge and I cannot wait to jump in the car and make the most out of the weekend ahead. I will need to get settled and used to the car quickly, as the team has worked on a number of updates and we will need to have as much time as possible out on track to optimise the car's performance. I really enjoy racing at the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, it's one of my favourite tracks and it's very close to where I grew up, so this makes the weekend even more special and one to remember."

Photo credit: Caterham F1

Pirelli World Challenge: The Audi squad chasing victories and big points at Sonoma


By Tarek Ramchani

The Pirelli World Challenge is heading back to California this weekend with Sonoma Raceway hosting the penultimate round of the 2014 season. A total of six Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will enter the event.

The Audi teams and drivers are aiming high at Sonoma chasing both race wins and big points. Battle is raging between Audi and Cadillac for both drivers' and manufacturers' titles with only two meetings left.

In the upper GT class, three cars will fight for overall win. Mike Skeen who is second in the overall drivers' standing behind Cadillac's Johnny O'Connel will drive the Audi R8 LMS ultra from CRP Racing. GMG will have two cars for team owner James Sofronas and team-mate Andrew Palmer.


Three Audis will fight for GT-A class victory, the division open to gentlemen drivers. GMG Racing will have two cars for Brent Holden and Bill Ziegler. The third Audi is from JCR Motorsport, the car will be driven by Jeff Courtney.

Audi R8 LMS ultra cars at Sonoma:

#2 CRP Racing - Mike Skeen
#15 GMG Racing - James Sofronas
#21GMG Racing - Andrew Palmer
#44 GMG Racing - Brent Holden (GT-A)
#95 GMG Racing - Bill Ziegler (GT-A)
#99 JCR Motorsports - Jeff Courtney (GT-A)

Photo credit: Pirelli World Challenge

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Swedish GT: Touring car legend Rickard Rydell joins JB Motorsport Audi


By Tarek Ramchani

A nice news coming from Sweden and the JB Motorsport. The Swedish Audi Sport customer racing team announced today that touring car ace Rickard Rydell will join the team for Swedish GT season finale.

Rickard Rydell is a true legend in touring car racing. He won the prestigious British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) back in 1998. He won also multiple races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and the national STCC title in 2011.


Rydell is not a rookie in GT racing, he drove in the past the Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS and the Aston Martin Martin DBR9, both with Prodrive.

Rickard Rydell already tested the green dominant Audi R8 LMS Mantorp Park. He will share the car with team owner Jan Brunstedt in the season finale of Swedish GT at the same Mantorp Park.

JB Motorsport performed very well last time out at Spa-Francorchamps in the demanding BRCC series.

Photo credit: JB Motorsport

Blancpain Sprint Series: Six Audi R8 LMS ultra at the Slovakia Ring


By Tarek Ramchani

The Blancpain Sprint Series is back and will head to the demanding Slovakia Ring this upcoming weekend. A total of six R8 LMS ultra cars will represent Audi Sport customer racing.

The Audis performed well last time out at Zandvoort with a brilliant race victory in the main race with René Rast and Enzo Ide. In Slovakia the Audi teams will try to take additional race wins and strong points in the battle for championship title.

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT who recently won the prestigious Spa 24 Hours will field three cars. The #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra will be shared by recent Spa 24 winner and Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Cup leader Laurens Vanthoor and Cesar Ramos. The #2 Audi will be driven by René Rast (another Spa 24 winner) and Enzo Ide. The #4 Audi will compete in the Silver Cup with youngsters Vincent Abril and Mateusz Lisowski.


G-Drive Racing will enter a single Audi R8 LMS ultra, the car will be managed once again by Team WRT. Stéphane Ortelli and Roma Rusinov will be the behind the wheels of the Russian Audi.

The remaining two Audis are from Phoenix Racing. The German team had a mixed season in the series so far with some ups and downs. The #5 Audi R8 LMS ultra will have Marc Basseng and Alessandro Latif as drivers, they will compete in the Gentlemen Trophy class. Their team-mates Niki Mayer-Melnhof and Markus Winkelhock will share the sister #6 machine.

Audi R8 LMS ultra cars at Slovakia Ring: 

#1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT - Laurens Vanthoor / Cesar Ramos
#2 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT - René Rast / Enzo Ide
#3 G-Drive Racing - Stéphane Ortelli / Roma Rusinov
#4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT - Vincent Abril / Mateusz Lisowski (Silver Cup)
#5 Phoenix Racing - Marc Basseng / Alessandro Latif (Gentlemen Trophy)
#6 Phoenix Racing - Niki Mayer-Melnhof / Markus Winkelhock

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series


BTCC: 2015 BTCC calendar confirmed


BTCC Press Release

The 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship calendar has been confirmed today (18 August), as has the date and venue for its Season Launch event.

Series organiser TOCA has announced an unchanged line-up of venues where the calendar will continue to comprise of 30 races across ten events, with three races of equal distance taking place on each scheduled weekend.

Such has been the huge success of the BTCC’s recent Season Launch events that Donington Park will again hold the introductory curtain-raiser – which also includes the only official pre-season test – on 24 March 2015.

The Brands Hatch Indy circuit then commences the BTCC’s nationwide tour before the same venue hosts the season finale on its legendary Grand Prix layout more than six months later. Oulton Park will see a return to the Island layout in June.


The UK’s premier race series headlines at all of the country’s major motor sport venues with the geographical spread ensuring that hundreds of thousands of fans can catch the tin-top action close to their homes when the travelling show rolls into town.

2013 saw some of the biggest crowds in recent times and figures have continued to rise during the 2014 campaign to date. Each venue permits free admission for children – some for up to 16-year-olds – to its BTCC event, further broadening the championship’s appeal among family audiences and the next generation of fans.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast every race weekend live and in high definition, as well as via the ITV website. Regular highlights programmes will also be screened on both ITV and ITV4 following each event.


2015 BTCC Calendar:

1,2,3, Sat 4/Sun 5 April, Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent

4,5,6, Sat 18/Sun 19 April, Donington Park, Leicestershire

7,8,9, Sat 9/Sun 10 May, Thruxton, Hampshire

10,11,12, Sat 6/Sun 7 June, Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire

13,14,15, Sat 27/Sun 28 June, Croft, North Yorkshire

16,17,18, Sat 8/Sun 9 August, Snetterton, Norfolk

19,20,21, Sat 22/Sun 23 August, Knockhill, Fife

22,23,24, Sat 5/Sun 6 September, Rockingham, Northamptonshire

25,26,27, Sat 26/Sun 27 September, Silverstone, Northamptonshire

28,29,30, Sat 10/Sun 11 October, Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent

Photo credit: BTCC


Monday, August 18, 2014

TUSC: Audi teams ready for the all GT battle of VIR


By Tarek Ramchani

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is moving to the very beautiful Virginia International Raceway this weekend. A very special round with no prototypes on track and an all GT field.

Only two classes will take part in the 2h45 endurance event: GT Le Mans and GT Daytona. The usual four Audi R8 LMS cars have been entered from the three regular teams. The target will be to give Audi  a first win this season in TUSC. The R8 LMS has been really close to GTD victory too many times this season, only denied by bad luck.

At VIR the Audi teams and drivers will once again battle the strong rivals from Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Viper and Aston Martin teams.


Flying Lizard Motorsport will field its pair of Audis. The #35 car will be driven by Dion von Moltke and a returning Seth Neiman. The sister #45 car will be in the hands of Nelson Canache Jr and Spencer Pumpelly.

The drivers of the #46 Audi R8 LMS from Fall-Line Motorsports have not been announced yet. The final Audi effort is coming from Paul Miller Racing, their #48 car will have Christopher Haase and Bryce Miller as drivers.

Action will start Friday with two practice session. Practice 3 and qualifying are set for Saturday. The warm-up and the race on Sunday with a live stream coverage at www.imsa.com.

Photo credit: Paul Miller RacingFlying Lizard Motorsports / Bob Chapman


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Super GT: Christopher Haase joins Audi Team Hitotsuyama at Suzuka 1000km


By Tarek Ramchani

An exciting news coming from Japan and Super GT. Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced that Audi works driver Christopher Haase will join them at Suzuka.

Christopher Haase will share the #21 Audi R8 LMS ultra with regular drivers Richard Lyons and Tomonobu Fujii. The Suzuka race is a 1000km event and the stellar event of the Super GT series.

Christopher Haase has won this year the Nürburgring 24 Hours overall with Phoenix Racing and doing the full TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season with Paul Miller Racing.

At Suzuka the three drivers will have to fight hard in a very demanding GT300 field with many factory supported teams.

Photo credit: Hitotsuyama Racing