Sunday, November 4, 2012

Weekend Round Up - Audi Motorsport Blog (3-4/11/2012)

By Johan Laubscher

1. The Weekend

Focussing this week on the weekend of 3 - 4 November 2012

2. The Events

  •           Spanish IBER GT / GT Open
  •           Midas Clubmans
  •           Killarney Sports and GT
  •           Mexican SuperTurismo

2.1. Spanish IBER GT / GT Open

The final round of the Spanish IBER GT Championship was combined with the final round of the International GT Open series. The finale was held at Catalunya in Barcelona. Team Novadriver took part with both of their Audi R8 LMS ultras. The pair of Novadriver cars qualified at the front of the Spanish GT category for the first race. Race one ended with the #81 car finishing first in the Spanish GT category but the championship hopeful #80 car fell back and finished fourth. Race two saw an excellent result for the team, the #81 finished second followed  by #80 in third. The result was enough to secure the Spanish IBER GT driver’s title for Mikko Eskelinen in the #81 Novadriver Audi R8 LMS ultra.

2.2. Midas Clubmans

The penultimate round of the Midas Clubmans was held this weekend at Killarney in Cape Town, South Africa. Modack had been a regular during the season with his ex-Johan Fourie Racing Audi A4 but he was facing a race ban. The news emerged this weekend that the Modack Audi would be in the hands of Kosie Swanepoel with a new green and blue livery. Kosie was very fast during practice and maintained that pace on race day. He qualified in the top three and went on to finish first in race one. Race two saw Kosie finish his debut event in the Audi A4 with another win, making it a perfect day. Andre Johnson, who is normally seen in his black turbocharged Audi A4 B7, was in the silver and red ex-Sipuka Audi A4 this weekend, however he did not take part in either of the races.

2.3. Sports and GT at Killarney

The Sports and GT category was also in action at Killarney this weekend. The Audi of Paul Beachyhead was entered. Paul drives an Audi R8 spaceframe race car which uses an Audi 3.6 litre V8 which has been fitted with a twin turbo. The car won its class during race one despite a last lap puncture.

2.4. Mexican SuperTurismos

The Mexican SuperTurismos championship held its last round of the 2012 season this weekend. Various Audi and Audi bodied silhouette cars take part in the series.

2.5. Other Audi News

034 Motorsport announced a new car this week. The North American team have acquired an Audi TT RS VLN which competes in the SP4T class of the VLN series in Germany. The car was on display at SEMA this weekend. The 034 Motorsport TT RS will debut at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill at the beginning of December.

The SRO held its awards evening on Friday. Many of the Audi drivers were present, including the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series champions: Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies and Stéphane Ortelli

3. Next Weekend’s events (10-11/11/2012)

  •           CMRC
  •           HSR Daytona
  •           Audi R8 LMS Cup
  •           BRCC

All photos are hosted at their respective website which are listed within the Weekend Round Up