Wednesday, December 25, 2013

AvD 100 Meilen: Audi teams 2013 season review

By Johan Laubscher

The 2013 AvD 100 Meilen season saw a number of Audi teams competing. Full 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra cars were seen racing in the series this year.

Six rounds of the series were held in Europe, with a number of the rounds being run together on track with other German and European championships. A number of Audi R8 LMS and ultra cars competed during the year. The 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra cars were allowed to compete in their full 2013 specification, that with the 2013 rear diffuser fitted to the cars.

The season review has been compiled from the 2013 Audi Motorsport Blog Weekend Round Up posts. Each round has been added as was seen in the individual Weekend Round Up posts during 2013, which can be accessed via the links throughout the review below:

Round 2: Red Bull Ring

The Race Trophy Austria series held round two at the Red Bull Ring this weekend. The series was held alongside the AvD 100 Meilen race on track at the same time. Lechner Racing competed at the event with an older Audi R8 LMS. The car was driven to victory in the one-hour endurance race by drivers Philip König and Niki Mayr-Melnhof. The team has previously won the 2010 Hungary 12 Hours with their R8 LMS.

Round 3: Hockenheim

The Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy also took place at Hockenheim, and was run together with the AvD 100 Meilen. A number of Audi cars compete in the STT, including: Audi TT RS (SP4T), Audi A4 DTM R11, Audi A3, Audi 80 (ex-ROC) etc. The most notable addition this weekend was the Prosperia C.ABT Racing R8 LMS ultra, which was entered in the DMV TCC and the STT. Christer Jöns shared the R8 LMS ultra with Slobodan Cvetkovic for the STT races, and they topped free practice. Edy Kamm won in his Audi A4 DTM R11, finishing ahead of the Prosperia R8 LMS ultra, which finished second overall and first in its class.

Round 4: Red Bull Ring

The AvD 100 Meilen held round four at the Red Bull Ring this past weekend, where the only Audi on the grid was very impressive. An orange and white 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra has been seen in the DMV TCC this year. It is entered by RS Tuning and driven by Suzanne Weidt. The latest DMV TCC round was also held at the Red Bull Ring this past weekend, where Weidt was behind the controls of the #8 Audi machine. The same car was then also entered for the AvD 100 Meilen race, wherein it was driven by Jürg Aeberhard and Dietmar Haggenmüller. They showed very well behind the wheel of the Audi, which was wearing the #88. Their pole position was backed up by an overall victory in the very wet race. The weather played into the hands of the Audi crew, and they took full advantage of the conditions to take the first AvD 100 Meilen victory for an Audi. A terrific result for one of the newest Audi Sport customer racing teams of the 2013 season. The next round of the AvD 100 Meilen will take place at Dijon, France in September.

Round 5: Dijon

The AvD 100 Meilen held round five alongside the DMV TCC at Dijon. RS Tuning was victorious at the Red Bull Ring last time out and they again entered a single Audi R8 LMS ultra for the endurance event at Dijon. The #77 Audi R8 LMS ultra, driven by Suzanne Weidt and Dietmar Haggenmüller, qualified in seventh place overall behind the prototype cars, but they were on pole position within the GT class. They completed the endurance race by finishing in seventh position overall, taking second place in the GT class.

Round 6: Monza

The sixth and final round of the 2013 AvD 100 Meilen championship took place at Monza this weekend. RS Tuning took part with a single Audi R8 LMS ultra entry. This was the third AvD 100 Meilen event in succession which saw the participation of the RS Tuning Audi R8 LMS ultra. The team won round four overall at the Red Bull Ring, followed by a GT class runner-up spot at Dijon, round five. The RS Tuning Audi R8 LMS ultra was shared by Suzanne Weidt and Dietmar Haggenmüller in the AvD 100 Meilen race at Monza. The same two drivers who piloted the team’s two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in the DMV TCC races on Saturday. The RS Tuning Audi R8 LMS ultra cars feature the full 2013 specification, as they are allowed to run the original 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra rear diffuser in the DMV TCC and the AvD 100 Melien. They qualified in eighth place overall, taking pole in the Div-4.1 class. By the end of the race the #88 Audi R8 LMS ultra crossed the finish line in sixth place overall. This result was enough to clinch victory in the Div-4.1 class, and they were also the leading GT class car in the race, finishing behind the prototype runners. This weekend concluded the 2013 AvD 100 Meilen season, which was highlighted by RS Tuning’s overall win at the Red Bull Ring in August.