By Tarek Ramchani
It was good weekend for the Audi teams at the Lédenon circuit in the second round of the French FFSA GT Tour. Pole position and a race win for the Audi R8 LMS ultra.
After dominating all the practice session and taking a pole position Freiday, the Audi squad had a hard and unlucky Race 1. Best ranked R8 LMS ultra was only fifth with #42 Sainteloc Racing of David Hallyday and Gregory Guilvert. The two Sébastien Loeb Racing Audis were very unlucky, the #50 Audi ended in eighth place while the sister #51 car was forced to retire. Team Speed Car's Audis were unlucky too, with tenth (#30 Audi) and eleventh (#36 Audi) places in the end.
Things were much better for the Audi camp in the second race of the day. Sébastien Loeb Racing won the 1-hour sprint race ahead of Sainteloc Racing for a fine 1-2 Audi R8 LMS ultra. Race victory went to the #50 Audi driven by Anthony Beltoise and Romain Berville. The #42 Audi from Sainteloc Racing driven by David Hallyday and Gregory Guilvert finished in third place but the car was promoted to second after the exclusion of #9 Ferrari 458. The #51 Audi from Sébastien Loeb Racing ended in seventh place with drivers Mike Parisy and Henry Hassid. Team Speed Car two Audis made it into the Top 10, the #30 car was ninth and the #36 car was tenth.
Overall it was a very strong weekend for the French Audi Sport customer racing teams at the Lédenon. The Audi R8 LMS ultra proving again to be one of the strongest and most successful cars in GT3 racing.
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