Sunday, January 5, 2014

Weekend Round Up - Audi Motorsport Blog (4-5/01/2014)

By Johan Laubscher

1. The Weekend

Focussing on the weekend of 4 - 5 January 2014

2. The Events

  •           TUSC Roar Before the Rolex 24
  •           International Jänner Rallye

2.1. TUSC Roar Before the Rolex 24

The annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 was held this weekend. The three-day test was held three weeks before the big race later in January. The Audi Sport customer racing squad were well represented in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. Five Audi R8 LMS cars took part, fielded by four different teams. GMG Racing, Fall-Line Motorsports and Paul Miller Racing each entered one Audi R8 LMS. They were joined by the two-car team from Flying Lizard Motorsports.

A total of eight practice sessions were spread across three days, with two sessions taking place on Friday and Sunday, and four on Saturday.

The Audi teams showed good pace during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 this weekend, including topping the time sheets during a number of the different sessions. By the end of Saturday Audi race cars had been fastest in sessions one and two, with the #45 Audi R8 LMS from Flying Lizard Motorsports, and fastest in the fourth session, with the #48 Paul Miller Racing R8 LMS. Two further sessions were held on Sunday. The #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports R8 LMS again topped the time sheets during the seventh session, the first held on Sunday.

The overall combined results, for sessions one through eight, revealed that three of the Audi R8 LMS cars made it into the top ten. The #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS set the fastest GTD time of the weekend. Paul Miller Racing had the eighth fastest time and GMG Racing were ninth fastest.

The teams will now continue their preparation in order to return to Daytona for the big race in three weeks time.

Flying Lizard Motorsports FB page [2013 Bob Chapman, Autosport Image]

2.2. International Jänner Rallye

The International Jänner Rallye was held in Austria this weekend. A number of Audi cars took part in the rally which was held from 3-5 January. The entry list included two Audi quattros and two Audi S2s. | Motorsport Fotos & Videos FB page

2.3. Other Audi News

GMG Racing’s driver line-up for the Daytona 24 Hours will include James Sofronas, Alex Welch, Marc Basseng and Frank Stippler. They will be driving the #32 Audi R8 LMS, the same car that won the 2013 Daytona 24 Hours GT class with Alex Job Racing. The team’s Andy Blackmore Design penned livery was also revealed this week.

Flying Lizard Motorsports will be entering two Audi R8 LMS cars in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Their driver line-ups for the Daytona 24 Hours includes Filipe Albuquerque, Seth Neimann, Alessandro Latif and Dion von Moltke (Car #35), and Nelson Canache Jr, Tim Pappas, Spencer Pumpelly and Markus Winkelhock (Car #45). Their highly anticipated livery design was also revealed this week.

Fall-Line Motorsports’ single Audi R8 LMS entry for the Daytona 24 Hours will be driven by Charles Espenlaub, Oliver Jarvis, Charlie Putman and James Walker.

Paul Miller Racing will be fielding one Audi R8 LMS at the Daytona 24 Hours and their driver line-up includes Matthew Bell, Christopher Haase, Bryce Miller and René Rast. The team’s new livery was done by Armageddon Designs.

2013 DTM champion, Mike Rockenfeller, will be joining the Spirit of Daytona squad (SDR Motorsports) for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The deal is said to also include the other TUSC endurance races, the Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans. At Daytona the #90 Corvette DP will be driven by Rocky alongside Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook.

The 24H Series has released the provisional entry list for the 12 Hours of Italy, which will be held at Mugello for the first time in March. One Audi is currently on the entry list, the Red Camel Racing Audi R8. They are entering one of the Creventic CR-8 cars. These CR-8s are privately built Audi R8 V8 race cars. This Red Camel Racing R8 is also the only Audi on the entry list for the Dubai 24 Hours, which will be taking place next weekend.

Audi released images of their new Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept car this week. The new red version of the Audi Sport quattro concept is heading to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It features the new lighting technology that will also be seen on the race track during 2014, as it is also fitted to the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

3. Next Weekend’s events (11-12/01/2014)

  •           Dubai 24 Hours

All photos are hosted at their respective websites, which are listed within the Weekend Round Up