Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekend Round Up - Audi Motorsport Blog (26-27/04/2014)

By Johan Laubscher

1. The Weekend

Focussing on the weekend of 26 - 27 April 2014

2. The Events

  •           ADAC GT Masters
  •           VLN
  •           GT Tour
  •           Pirelli World Challenge
  •           BRCC
  •           DMV TCC
  •           HSR
  •           Belgian Youngtimer Cup
  •           Aus Sports Sedan Series
  •           FIA Hillclimb Championship

2.1. ADAC GT Masters

The ADAC GT Masters held its opening round at Oschersleben this weekend. Five Audi R8 LMS ultra cars took part with much success for Prosperia C.ABT Racing.

YACO Racing and kfzteile24 APR Motorsport each fielded one Audi R8 LMS ultra, alongside the three-car team from Prosperia C.ABT Racing.

Qualifying yielded two pole positions for the #10 Prosperia C.ABT Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra of Rene Rast and young South African, Kelvin van der Linde.

The first of two one-hour races was held on Saturday. Rast and van der Linde finished second, followed by kfzteile24 APR Motorsport in fourth and YACO Racing in ninth. Unfortunately both of the remaining two Prosperia C.ABT Racing retired from race one.

Sunday saw the second race and a chaotic start. The #11 Prosperia C.ABT Racing R8 LMS ultra of Nicki Thiim was involved in a start-line crash, which resulted in a rollover for Thiim. Fortunately he was unharmed in the incident.

Once the race resumed it was a lights-to-flag victory for Kelvin van der Linde and Rene Rast in the #10 R8 LMS ultra. YACO Racing finished ninth with the #16 R8 LMS ultra of Philip Geipel and Rahel Frey. The #12 Prosperia C.ABT Racing and #100 kfzteile24 APR Motorsport both retired.

Zandvoort will be hosting round two of the ADAC GT Masters, 9-11 May.

2.2 VLN

The German VLN Endurance Series hosted its third round this weekend with a number of Audi teams taking part.

A total of sixteen Audi race cars took part, including five Audi R8 LMS ultra cars. Phoenix Racing and Audi race experience, run by TKL Motorsport, each entered two cars. Twin Busch Motorsport entered a single R8 LMS ultra.
The #22 Audi race experience R8 LMS ultra of Felix Baumgartner and Pierre Kaffer qualified fifth, the highest Audi on the grid.

By the end of the four hour race the #5 Phoenix Racing entry of Marc Basseng, Marcel Fässler and Frank Stippler finished on the podium in third place. Their teammates in the #15 Phoenix car were running as high as second, but a pitlane fire during a “splash and dash” near the end of the race unfortunately resulted in their retirement.

The #22 Audi race experience R8 LMS ultra finished fourteenth, followed by their teammates in the 11 R8 LMS ultra in eighteenth. Twin Busch Motorsport unfortunately also joined the list of retirements.

Audi TT RS domination took place in the SP3T class. Møller Bil Motorsport again took the class victory with their #334 TT RS of Hakon Schjaerin, Atle Gulbrandsen and Kenneth Ostvold. They were followed by three more of the Audi Sport customer racing developed TT RS cars, with the #302 LMS Engineering TT RS in second, the #331 Raeder Motorsport TT RS in third and the #317 TT RS in fourth.

Round four of the VLN will take place at the Nürburgring on 17 May.

2.3. GT Tour

The Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans hosted the opening round of the French GT Tour. A total of seven Audi R8 LMS ultra cars took part from three different teams.

Sainteloc Racing fielded three cars and Team Speed Car and Sébastien Loeb Racing each fielded two cars.

It was a double Audi Sport customer racing pole as each of Sébastien Loeb Racing’s two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars respectively took pole position for both of the weekend’s races.

The first race on Saturday concluded with an Audi 1-2, with victory for the #51 Sébastien Loeb Racing R8 LMS ultra, ahead of the #42 Sainteloc Racing R8 LMS ultra.

The second race saw another podium finish for an Audi Sport customer racing team, with the #36 Team Speed Car Audi R8 LMS ultra finishing third.

Round two of the French GT Tour will be heading to Lédenon, 31 May – 1 June.

2.4. Pirelli World Challenge

Barber Motorsports Park hosted the Pirelli World Challenge this weekend. It was the third meeting of the year and a total of seven Audis took part.

GMG Racing fielded four Audi R8 LMS ultra cars and JCR Motorsports and CRP Racing each fielded one Audi R8 LMS ultra. RS Werkes Racing entered one Audi TT RS in the GTS class.

Mike Skeen was the fastest Audi in qualifying and claimed third spot overall. Andrew Palmer took fifth on the grid for the first race, followed by James Sofronas in ninth, only three Audis within the overall top ten.

Race one saw Sofronas moving forward to ultimately finish fourth, ahead of Skeen in sixth.

Race two was the highlight of the weekend and finished with victory for Andrew Palmer in the #21 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra. He took the lead on the last lap and recorded the first Audi PWC victory of 2014, in his rookie season.

The next round of the PWC with the GT/GT-A and GTS cars will be heading to Detroit, 30 May - 1 June.

2.5. BRCC

The Belgian Racing Car Championship got its 2014 season underway at the Zolder New Race Festival this weekend. PK Carsport returned to defend their 2013 BRCC title.

The #1 Audi R8 LMS was fielded by PK Carsport and driven by reigning BRCC endurance champions, Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin, alongside their new teammate, Frank Beliën.

The PK Carsport trio qualified seventh overall behind six newer GTPE (GT Pro Evo) cars, but they were the fastest GTP (GT Pro) class car on the grid.

A one-hour race was held on Sunday and PK Carsport performed very well, with the #1 Audi R8 LMS finishing in second place overall, first in the GTP class.

Round two of the BRCC will be heading to Dijon in France, from 9-11 May.

2.6. DMV TCC

The DMV Touring Car Challenge (DMV TCC) got underway at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend. Three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars took part, fielded by three different teams.

“spirit-race” entered two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars for Dietmar Haggenmüller (#8) and Suzanne Weidt (#88), the same drivers and cars who were seen under the team name of RS Tuning last year.

The third Audi was that of DUPRÉ Motorsport, who debuted their new Audi R8 LMS ultra with Christoph Dupré (#89) behind the wheel. All three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars were entered in the TCC Kl.8 class.

Race one concluded with an overall top five finish for Dupré, placing fourth in class. The two “spirit-race” Audi R8 LMS ultra cars finished eighth and ninth in class, Haggenmüller ahead of Weidt.

The second race again saw Dupré finishing in fifth overall, taking fourth in class. Weidt finished seventh in class and Haggenmüller unfortunately retired.

The German DMV TCC will be hosting round two at Zandvoort, 30-31 May.

2.7. HSR

The Mitty was held at Road Atlanta this weekend. This annual historic racing event was hosted by HSR – Historic Sportscar Racing. Travis Engen took part in the event with his GMT Racing run Audi R8 LMP (#606).

2.8. Belgian Youngtimer Cup

The Belgian Youngtimer Cup was held at the Zolder New Race Festival this weekend. André Lotterer was back behind the wheel of the orange/red/yellow Nothelle / Kamei Audi Coupe. He finished second in the first race.

2.9. Aus Sports Sedan Series

The Australian Kerrick Sports Sedan Series held its first round at Mallala Motorsport Park. Darren Hossack was behind the wheel of the #4 Auto Union Deutche Audi A4.

He qualified second for race one and took pole position for race two. Races one and two saw Hossack finishing second, followed by a third place in race three.

2.10. FIA Hillclimb Championship

The FIA Hillclimb Championship held the Recgberg Hillclimb this weekend. Many Audi teams took part. FB page

2.11. Other Audi News

Audi Sport revealed the Le Mans low downforce specification bodywork on Friday. The third (#3) Audi R18 e-tron quattro at the 6 Hours of Spa will be featuring this low downforce configuration next weekend.

DUPRÉ Motorsport has become one of the latest Audi Sport customer racing teams. The German team has acquired an Audi R8 LMS ultra and debuted the car in the DMV TCC this weekend.

A new Audi R8 LMS ultra joined the DMV TCC grid at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend, where the German series hosted its opening round for 2014.

Christoph Dupré was behind the wheel of the #89 DUPRÉ Motorsport Audi R8 LMS ultra.

The Audi R8 LMS Cup’s original season opener was scheduled to take place at Inje Speedium International Circuit in South Korea from 3-4 May, but the event has been cancelled. The cancelation was due to operational uncertainties at the circuit, according to the event promoter. Plans are underway to reschedule the opening round at another circuit during May.

PK Carsport was out testing at Zolder on Thursday, ahead of the Belgian Racing Car Championship season opener at the same circuit this weekend.

The team is hard at work preparing for their title defence in the Belgian Racing Car Championship (BRCC).

Their #1 Audi R8 LMS will be piloted by reigning BRCC endurance champions, Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin. They will be joined by Frank Beliën.

The PK Carsport R8 LMS was seen out on track with its new livery for the first time on Thursday, a stunning new black design by

The first round of the BRCC took place at the Zolder New Race Festival this weekend.

Audi Sport Italia has already announced that they will be returning to the Italian GT Championship with a two-car entry of Audi R8 LMS ultra cars this year. On Wednesday the team's driver line-up was revealed.

The headline for the team is the return of Audi Sport Italia regular and ex-Audi factory driver, Dindo Capello. Dindo first competed with Audi and Audi Sport Italia twenty years ago, when he drove an Audi 80 Competition in the 1994 Italian Super Touring Car Championship.

Capello will be sharing one of the two Audi Sport Italia R8 LMS ultra cars with Emanuele Zonzini.

The second car will be piloted by Thomas Schöffler and Marco Mapelli.

Misano will be hosting the opening round of the Italian GT Championship from 9-11 May.

News broke on Wednesday that Mattias Ekström's new World Rallycross team will be fielding two Audi S1 Supercar class rallycross cars this year.

EKSRX will be running the two cars that will be driven by the Swedish driver, Pontus Tidemand, and a number of guest drivers as wildcard entries. The EKSRX team will be taking part in selected rounds of the new FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) this year with the goal of developing their new Audi S1 cars.

The first glimpse of the car is a white Audi S1 called the "Audi S1 EKS RX Concept".

kfzteile24 APR Motorsport was out testing at Hockenheim on Wednesday.

The German team, run by MS Racing, was preparing for the 2014 ADAC GT Masters season opener, which was held at Oschersleben this weekend.

The newly liveried #100 Audi R8 LMS ultra is driven by two of MS Racing’s regular drivers, Daniel Dobitsch and Florian Stoll.

Blendini Motorsport was out testing their Audi R8 LMS at Silverstone on Friday. 

The team fielded their Audi R8 LMS in the 2013 British GT Championship. They have mentioned on their Facebook page that they will be competing in selected events of the 2014 British GT Championship, as well as looking at some other championships. 

Blendini Motorsport FB page

3. Next Weekend’s events (3-4/05/2014)

  •           FIA WEC
  •           DTM
  •           TUSC
  •           GT Open
  •           GT Asia
  •           BTCC
  •           British GT
  •           SA Production Cars
  •           SVRA
  •           Super GT
  •           EuroV8 Series

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