Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekend Round Up - Audi Motorsport Blog (16-17/02/2013)

By Johan Laubscher

1. The Weekend

Focussing this week on the weekend of 16 - 17 February 2013

2. The Events

  •          Legend Boucles de Spa
  •          Shell Carrera Cup
  •          Midas Clubmans
  •          Killarney Sports and GT

2.1. Legend Boucles de Spa

A number of Audi rally cars competed in the Legend Boucles de Spa this weekend, a historic rally event. Among the entries was an Audi quattro featuring a FIA WEC livery and driven by the 2011 and 2012 Le Mans winner, André Lotterer.

2.2. Shell Carrera Cup

The Shell Carrera Cup got underway on Thursday with the Shell 20 Minutes of Hamburg. The Carrera Cup is a slotcar series, a series very popular amongst Audi Sport employees. Figuratively speaking the event was the race debut of the new 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra. The 1:24 Audi R8 LMS slot cars have been upgraded to resemble the new Audi R8 LMS ultra with the addition of the new rear exhausts and the swan-neck rear wing. It was a very close event with the victory being decided in the last minute. In the end the race win went to the pairing of Thomas Voigt and Helmut Schmid, who gave the new 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra design its first race victory.

2.3. Midas Clubmans

The first Midas Clubmans race meeting took place at Killarney in South Africa this weekend. Two Audi A4 cars were entered by Nieyaaz Modack and Andre Johnson. Unfortunately Modack did not compete in any of the sessions or races. Johnson, with his new blue/white/black livery, finished fifth in race one and eleventh in race two.

Street Motion FB page


2.4. Killarney Sports and GT

The Sports and GT category also got underway at Killarney in South Africa. Two Audi cars were entered for the event, a MK1 Audi TT driven by Kieth Fourie and the Audi R8 Spaceframe race car driven by Paul Beachyhead, who finished in the top ten during race two.

Eugene Manoek on twitter

2.5. Other Audi News

A Truth in 24 Collector's Edition on Blu-ray was released this week. Both Truth in 24 films are on the disk along with other additional content, totaling over a 170 minutes of video. This Collector's Edition is the first time that either of the Truth in 24 films are being sold as a high definition Blu-ray product. It has gone on sale at the Adrenalin website (Audi Shop) and the DukeVideo website.

The first 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra was spotted in the Netherlands this week. The car featured the newly updated aerodynamics and was packaged for transport. As of yet it is unknown to which team this car is heading. More can be read HERE

The first confirmed delivery of a 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra followed shortly on the heels of the first public sighting. Hitotsuyama Racing are the first team to confirm their delivery of a new ultra. They have also claimed that it is the first delivery in the world. The car arrived late on Friday followed by a number of photos appearing online. Details regarding the team's plans for 2013 are yet to be announced. More can be read HERE.

Hitotsuyama Racing FB page

During 2012 the Prosperia UHC Speed team competed in the ADAC GT Masters, DMV TCC and the Avd 100 Meilen. This week they released a video trailer announcing their intentions to compete during 2013. In the video it was also revealed that the team will now be called Prosperia C.ABT Racing and will be a partner of the Dancecom Project.

The Superstars Championship awards ceremony followed the group test session at Adria last week. Johan Kristoffersson’s trophy for the 2012 Superstars driver’s championship was awarded at the event. His trophy along the Audi Sport Italia built Audi RS5 were seen in the Audi Sport Italia workshop this week.

Many French GT Tour teams took part in test sessions held at Lédenon this week. The Team Speed Car team were present at the test with their Audi R8 LMS ultra which was presented for the first time with its new race livery. The livery was designed by Berzerkdesign. More can be read HERE

The ATL Automotive sponsored ABT-Audi TT-R of Doug Gore arrived back in Jamaica this week. The car has been in Germany for many months after undergoing repairs at the ABT Sportsline workshops, following a large crash at Dover in Jamaica last May. It is reported that the car has been updated and has a higher power output. It will receive a red, white and blue livery as the team prepares the car for the first race event of the year held at Jamwest Speedway at the beginning of March.  

A few weeks ago the first images appeared online suggesting that MS Racing, the 2012 ADAC GT Masters champions, would be running Audi R8 LMS ultra cars during 2013. The news has now officially been confirmed as the team announced that they will be running a two-car team of Audi R8 LMS ultra race cars in the 2013 ADAC GT Masters.

kfzteile24 FB page

The Istook Motorsport team is hard at work preparing their two race cars for 2013. They will run two Audi TT RS race cars in the SCCA World Challenge GTS class. They are busy completing the build of their second car whilst preparing their existing car as well.

Team Nova Driver have already announced their plans for the 2013 season. The team has been working hard with pre-season preparations. They have also mentioned their intention to upgrade their Audi R8 LMS ultra cars to 2013 specification, which will take place once the team receives the upgrade packages.

Timo Scheider starred in a spectacular new video this week. He was armed with a limited edition Audi A1 quattro and allowed to run on a new construction site. The video is featuring as promotional content for the new Audi Gebrauchtwagen Zentrum Müchen, the largest Audi used car dealership in Germany, set to be opened during 2013. The video was filmed on site at the new dealership

Audi Gebrauchtwagen Zentrum München video 

The Twin Busch Motorsport team took part in test sessions at Catalunya in Barcelona this week. The team were testing new Kumho tires on their Audi R8 LMS car which debuted in the VLN last year.

Twin Busch Motorsport FB page

3. Next Weekend’s events (23-24/02/2013)

  •           South African Production Cars

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