Saturday, September 7, 2013

British GT: Top 10 results for Audi teams in Zandvoort race 1

By Tarek Ramchani

The first of two British GT Championship races in Holland was held today. The two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars were within the top 10.

Earlier today both United Autosports and W Racing Team (WRT) performed well in the two qualifying sessions. In Race 1 the two teams managed to finish within the top 10, in a very demanding field. The best Audi finisher was the #25 R8 LMS ultra, driven by Matt Bell and Mark Patterson, in seventh place. They recovered very well as they started from position sixteenth of the grid. Matt Bell had very strong pace after taking over the car from Mark Patterson in the second part of the race.

The other Audi entry, the #5 R8 LMS ultra managed by the Belgians from WRT, finished ninth. The car driven by Warren Hughes and Rembert Berg had an early problem on lap 4 of the 1-hour race. The car was forced to head to pitlane, losing time and ground to the leaders. The WRT Audi charged back and gained a lot of positions in the field. They finished ninth in the end, a good performance after the bad luck at the beginning of the race.

Race victory went to the pole-sitting #1 Porsche 997 GT3 R from Motorbase. Second was the #888 BMW Z4 GT3 from 888 Optimum Racing and third the #18 Ferrari 458 GT3 from FF Corse.

Photo credit: United Autosports