By Johan Laubscher
1. The Weekend
Focussing on the weekend of 15 - 16 February 2014
2. The Events
- Legend Boucles de Spa
- Aflenzer Winterclassic
- Rally Franciacorta
2.1. Legend Boucles de Spa
2.2. Aflenzer Winterclassic
Race-Action.com FB page
2.3. Rally Franciacorta
Franciacorta International Circuit - Autodromo FB page
2.4. Other Audi News
The annual ACO press conference was held in
on Thursday. The
entry lists for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, the Paris 24 Hours and the
European Le Mans Series were all revealed on the day. Audi cars will again be
seen in both the FIA WEC and ELMS this year. Le Mans
Audi Sport had already announced its 2014 entry last week, but now it has officially been confirmed for the 2014 season, with the release of the entry lists. Two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars will be contesting the entire FIA World Endurance Championship season and a third car will be entered for the 6 Hours of Spa and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Audi #1: Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen
Audi #2: Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer
Audi #3: Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis*
The Audi squad joins a field of thirty-one FIA WEC entries, nine of which are LMP1 competitors. The full season LMP1 runners include six factory cars in LMP1-H and three privateer cars in LMP1-L.
#1 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 e-tron quattro
#2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 e-tron quattro
#3 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 e-tron quattro*
Toyota Racing – TS040 Hybrid Toyota
Toyota Racing – TS040 Hybrid Toyota
#14 Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid
#20 Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid
#9 Lotus – Lotus T129 AER
#12 Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R-One
#13 Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R-One
*Audi #3 is only entered for the 6 Hours of Spa and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The 2014 FIA WEC entry list can be seen HERE.
The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours entry list can be seen HERE.
A few weeks ago Sébastien Loeb Racing announced that they will be running Audi R8 LMS ultra cars this year and last week they confirmed a two-car entry in the French GT Tour. They will be running two cars in the 2014 ELMS, which includes one of their Audi R8 LMS ultra cars, alongside an Oreca 03 – Nissan in LMP2.
A total of forty-two entries will be taking part in the 2014 ELMS, sixteen of which are entered in GTC.
The 2014 ELMS entry list can be seen HERE.
PK Carsport will be returning to the Belgian Racing Car Championship (BRCC) with Audi in 2014. They won the 2013 Endurance title with Anthony Kumpen, Bert Longin and Martin Makelberge behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS.
For PK Carsport it was a victorious return, after having taken a break for a number of seasons. The driving duo of Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin will be joined by Frank Beliën for PK Carsport’s 2014 entry.
The team will be fielding the Audi R8 LMS from MOMO Megatron DF1, which was used in the 2014 ELMS. PK Carsport’s ex-Team Rosberg Audi R8 LMS, which won the 2013 BRCC Endurance title, is currently for sale. Both of the cars were seen testing at Zolder two weeks ago.
The official BRCC test and press day will be taking place at Zolder on 20 March, followed by the first round at the Zolder New Race Festival from 26-27 April.
ABT Sportsline have committed to the first season of the new FIA Formula E Championship. They will be competing with the team name of ‘Audi Sport ABT Formula-E Team.’ They announced their driver line-up on Thursday, which includes factory Audi driver, Lucas di Grassi, and Daniel Abt.
Audi Sport Italia is one of six teams who have committed to the new EuroV8 Series, which is replacing the Superstars Series. Audi Sport Italia will be returning with their Audi RS 5 quattro cars, the vehicles which have dominated the Superstars Series for the previous two seasons. The number of entered cars and the driver line-up is yet to be announced.
Two sets of BTCC test days were held this week at
and Donington. Rob Austin Racing attended both test sessions. Rob Austin was
behind the wheel of their all-black Audi A4 NGTC car. Oulton Park
An Audi R18 e-tron quattro was on display at the 2014 Auto Expo show in
The motor show was held from 7-11 February. India
The 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup champion, young South African Kelvin van der Linde, has been signed with Prosperia C.ABT Racing. He will be driving one of the team’s three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in the 2014 ADAC GT Masters season. He will be driving the car alongside teammate, Nikki Thiim.
VMP Motorsport was at Zwartkops on Thursday, their first track test of the year ahead of the 2014 Bridgestone Production Cars Championship. Gennaro Bonafede was behind the wheel of the plain white Audi S4.
Audi Sport Italia completed the build of their fourth Audi RS 5 quattro race car this week. The car had its roll out and shake down at Adria Raceway. Thomas Schöffler was on hand to drive the new RS 5. Audi Sport Italia also had a second RS 5 quattro at the test, which was driven by a number potential drivers interested in the 2014 EuroV8 Series.
MTM Motorsport has broken the Sachsenring lap record for road legal cars. Their Audi R8 LMS, which has 606 hp and is converted for road use, clocked a time of 1:29.89. Bild Sporstscars test driver, Guido Naumann, was behind the wheel of the R8 LMS. The car was fitted with MICHELIN Sport Cup tyres.
3. Next Weekend’s events (22-23/02/2014)
- TUSC Sebring Test
- TCC Winter Challenge
All photos are hosted at their respective websites, which are listed within the Weekend Round Up