Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thunderhill 25 Hours: Mixed qualifying for the Audi teams at Thunderhill

By Johan Laubscher

The Thunderhill 25 Hours is taking place at Thunderhill Raceway this weekend. Two Audi Sport customer racing teams are taking part. The event has had both ups and downs for the two teams so far during the two initial testing sessions and qualifying on Thursday and Friday.

A seven and a half hour testing session got proceedings underway on Thursday. This was followed by another test session of equal length on Friday and a practice/qualifying session later in the evening.

Rotek Racing was able to show very good pace with their TT RS during testing and backed that up with a 1:49.152 lap during qualifying. They overcame a damaged ECU on Thursday and worked through the night to repair the unit for Friday. Their qualifying lap was enough for a ninth place overall starting position, the highest of the two Audis on the grid. The #24 Audi TT RS (VLN SP4T) will be driven by Robb Holland, Roland Pritzker, Jeff Altenburg, Rob Huffand and Kevin Gleason. Rotek Racing is being supported by 034 Motorsport, the team who entered this very same car at the event in 2012.

The GMG Racing team showed good pace during the first testing session on Thursday, but Friday was not their day. GMG Racing suffered an accident during the Friday morning testing session. Drew Regitz was behind the wheel and the #08 R8 LMS suffered damage to its left side and rear corner, fortunately the driver was unharmed. The team missed qualifying later on Friday evening and they are working very hard to repair the car for the race. The team’s entered drivers for the #08 Audi R8 LMS includes James Sofronas, Alex Welch, Alexandra Sabados, Michael McGrath and Drew Regitz.

GMG Racing Facebook page: “We did have a bit of an off today during NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill practice, luckily Drew is OK and we're working hard to make the race.”

The race itself is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am (local time) on Saturday morning. We wish the best of luck to both Audi teams, especially for GMG Racing, who are currently racing against time to repair their R8 LMS.

Update: GMG Racing worked very hard and was able to repair their Audi R8 LMS during the night. The #08 machine will be on the grid for the race on Saturday morning. Well done to the team! 

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