Friday, April 5, 2013

Superstars: Audi Sport Italia and MTM with three Audi RS5 quattro

By Tarek Ramchani

The International Superstars Series 2013 will start at Monza this weekend . It's the tenth edition of the Italian based touring car series open for production based big V8 coupes and sedans. Audi, the 2012 series champions, will have three Audi RS 5 quattro cars.

A major change at Audi this year is the departure of the 2012 driver champion Johan Kristoffersson. The Swedish ace will drive for Petri Corse with a Porsche Panamera.

The Audi teams for this season's competition are Audi Sport Italia and Audi Sport MTM. Audi Sport Italia will field a pair of RS 5 quattros for the team's star Gianni Morbidelli and Ferdinando Geri. MTM's car will be in the hands of the returning Thomas Schoffler. Last year the RS 5 was the best of the field, forcing the series organizers to give it major handicaps with extra weight and smaller restrictors yet Audi won the title in a dramatic finale at Pergusa.

Three old B7 Audi RS 4 were announced to enter the 2013 Superstars Series but they are not on Monza's round 1 entry list. The cars are from PRS NOS Racing.

A two-day format with both free and qualifying sessions set for Saturday, while the two races will take place on Sunday.

Photo credit: Audi Sport Italia / MTM