Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Superstars: Audi Sport Italia confirmed with the 2013 teams’ title

By Johan Laubscher

The 2013 Italian Superstars Series saw the Audi Sport Italia squad defeating the balance of performance to take yet another set of titles for the new Audi RS 5 quattro.

Despite an imposing balance of performance, the Italian Audi Dealer team was able to bounce back and secure both of the drivers’ titles with Gianni Morbidelli, who won the International Superstars drivers’ title and later the Italian title as well.

It was almost a complete set for Audi Sport Italia, as they narrowly missed out on the teams’ title, facing off against the original victors, Mercedes Romeo Ferraris.

However, the final standings of the 2013 teams’ title was not finalised, as Audi Sport Italia lodged a complaint against the Mercedes Romeo Ferraris team at Donington Park, regarding technical issues with bodywork components.

The FIA court has ruled that the components on the Mercedes-Benz cars at Donington where indeed illegal and their points have been revoked, costing the Romeo Ferraris squad a total of twenty points.

This points deduction was enough to promote Audi Sport Italia to the top of the points table, crowning them as the 2013 Superstars Series teams’ champions by seventeen points, adding to the two 2013 drivers’ titles of Gianni Morbidelli.

Audi Sport Italia and up to four RS 5 quattro cars will be returning to this form of competition this year, as they are entering the 2014 EuroV8 Series, which replaces the Superstars Series. So far only one driver has been confirmed by the team, Tomáš Kostka from the Czech Republic.

The 2014 EuroV8 Series will be getting underway at Monza, 6 April.

Audi Sport Italia’s official season review can be seen HERE.

Photo credit: Audi Sport Italia