Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rolex Series: Good qualifying for Audi at Watkins Glen

By Tarek Ramchani

Watkins Glen is hosting the seventh round of the Grand-American Rolex Sportscar Racing Series this weekend. The famous Six Hours of The Glen, the second most prestigious event on the calendar after the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 6 Hours of Watkins Glen race is also part of the North American Endurance Championship. The Audi R8 GRAND-AM is back in the series with two cars. After the win at the season opener at Daytona, Audi drivers are leading this special North American Endurance Championship. Filipe Albuquerque, Edoardo Mortara, Dion von Moltke and Oliver Jarvis with 14 points are in first position. Audi is aiming high at the Glen and wants to keep their leadership.

Oliver Jarvis is busy in the Blancpain Endurance Series with Phoenix Racing this weekend. Thus only three of the four Daytona winning drivers are at Watkins Glen. Flipe Albuquerque, Edoardo Mortara and Dion Von Moltke are sharing the #24 Audi R8 GRAND-AM. The car is a full factory effort under the Audi Sport customer racing banner. The car is entered and supervised by quattro GmbH. The car qualified well today, in a very strong fourth place within the demanding GT class.

The second Audi is a privateer effort from Fall-Line Motorsports. Their #46 Audi R8 GRAND-AM qualified 12th within the GT class. Not bad for their debut in the Rolex Series with Audi. The car is in the hands of Al Carter, Cahrles Espenlaub and Charles Putman.

Pole position went to the #57 Camaro GT.R from Stevenson Motorsports. Second was the #31 Corvette from Marsh Racing and third the #61 Ferrari 458 from R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari.

The 6 hour race is set for tomorrow. Both Speed TV in America and Motors TV in Europe will provide live TV coverage for the event. We wish the best of luck to both Audi teams and their drivers.

Photo credit: Grand-American Road Racing