Saturday, August 17, 2013

FIA GT: WRT switches to 2012 spec Audi R8 LMS ultra

By Johan Laubscher

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has switched back to the 2012 specification of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in Slovakia this weekend.

Balance of Performance has been the buzzword in recent weeks, as the R8 LMS ultra’s BoP has been scrutinised as being too harsh. Despite this the FIA announced this week that the R8 LMS ultra BoP would remain unchanged, despite the events at the Spa 24 Hours.

WRT are currently competing in round four of the FIA GT Series at the Slovakia Ring this weekend. They have opted to retrofit their cars with the 2012 R8 LMS ultra specification, thus defining them as 2012 models and the older car BoP. They have noted that the 2012 Audi BoP is less harsh than the current 2013 Audi BoP, thus it was a beneficial move which has paid handsome dividends so far.

The differences between the 2012 and 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra can be seen HERE.

The second Audi team at the event in Slovakia is Team Novadriver, who’s #14 Audi R8 LMS ultra has remained in 2013 specification. The third Audi team in the FIA GT Series, Phoenix Racing, unfortunately withdrew from the event - their press releases regarding the withdrawal can be seen HERE.

Photo credit: FIA GT Series