Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Blancpain GT: Audi teams showed good pace at the Paul Ricard test days

By Johan Laubscher

The Blancpain GT Series official test days at Paul Ricard concluded on Wednesday. The Audi teams showed good pace during the two-day test.

A total of nine Audi R8 LMS ultra cars were on site, fielded by four different teams. Four cars were being fielded by WRT, three under the team name of W Racing Team and one as Audi Sport customer racing by WRT. Phoenix Racing and Sainteloc Racing both had two cars each. Team Parker Racing are also debuted their new Audi R8 LMS ultra at the official test days, following their first initial tests with the car last week.

The second day of testing saw eight Audis on track. The #1 WRT Audi was the only R8 LMS ultra within the top ten, placing eighth. Four more Audis were within the top twenty, the #6 Phoenix Racing car in sixteenth, ahead of the two Sainteloc Racing R8 LMS ultra cars in eighteenth and nineteenth (#25 and #27). The #2 WRT machine rounded out the top twenty. The #5 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra was twenty-ninth, the Team Parker Racing #22 Audi was fortieth and the #3 Audi Sport customer racing by WRT car was forty-fifth.

The combined results from both days of testing concluded with four Audi R8 LMS ultra cars appearing in the top ten. The #7 Bentley and #23 Camaro took the top spots, followed by a trio of Audis, WRT #1 in third, ahead of the two Phoenix Racing cars (#6 and #5) in fourth and fifth. Team Parker Racing placed eighth with their #22 Audi R8 LMS ultra.

The entry / driver list can be seen HERE.
The second day results can be seen HERE.
The combined testing results can be seen HERE.

The 2014 Blancpain GT Series gets under way with the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza, 12-13 April.

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series