Thursday, May 8, 2014

Italian GT: Audi Sport Italia heading to Misano with two Audi R8 LMS ultra

By Tarek Ramchani

The 2014 Italian GT Championship 2014 season will kick off at Misano World Circuit this upcoming weekend. Audi Sport Italia will enter the event with a pair of Audi R8 LMS ultra cars.

The official Audi Italia dealer team is returning to Italian GT Championship for the sixth straight year. Since 2009 the team always been a big protagonist in the series with Marco Bonanomi title in 2011 as a highlight.

As was the case in recent years, Audi Sport Italia will field two cars. A familiar name and some new faces will share the driving of the two cars.

Dindo Capello a true Audi legend will target his first ever Italian GT driver title. He will share the #5 Audi R8 LMS ultra with Zonzini Emanuele. The sister #6 Audi R8 LMS ultra will be driven by Marco Mapelli and Thomas Schoffler. These are two strong driver line-ups allowing Audi Sport Italia to challenge for race wins and the overall championship title.

At Misano the two Italian Audis will have to fight hard against a quality field. Seventeen GT3 cars are entering the season opener with teams from Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini and Corvette.

Big change this year in Italian GT with Pirelli is back as the exclusive tire supplier replacing Avon.

Photo credit: Audi Media