Friday, August 30, 2013

Zolder 24 Hours: Pole position and lap record for WRT Audi

By Johan Laubscher

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has taken pole position for the Zolder 24 hours, an event wherein the team has been unbeaten since 2011.

The Zolder 24 Hours will be taking place this weekend, with a twenty-one car grid. The WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra will be the only FIA GT3 car in the field, and they are the clear favourites for the race win. WRT has entered the #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra with drivers Laurens Vanthoor, Anthony Kumpen, Enzo Ide and Bert Longin, all of whom are previous Zolder 24 hours race winners.

Practice and qualifying took place on Thursday and the Audi showed its superior pace. Without any surprise the WRT Audi was at the top of the time sheets during all of the sessions. They ended the day with the overall pole position. The pole lap was set by Laurens Vanthoor, a staggering GT3 lap record breaking 1:28.712.

The race is set to begin at 16:00 local time tomorrow. We wish the best of luck to Belgian Audi Club Team WRT for this 24 Hour race in Belgium.  

It is also interesting to note that the WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra has been fitted with the original 2013 rear diffuser. The car has also been seen with a number of rear wing combinations during the running on Thursday. It has been fitted with the 2012 specification rear wings, as well as the 2013 rear wing during the final qualifying run. 

Photo credit: Audi Sport Communication / Media