By Tarek Ramchani
A very postive day for the Audi Sport customer racing squad at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The Audi R8 LMS ultra cars performed very well in free practice session and in the first qualifying session today.
Earlier today the Phoenix Racing team secured a fine 1-2 in the single free practice session of the week. The #4 Audi R8 LMS ultra of Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock ahead of the sister #3 machine driven by Marc Basseng, Marcel Fassler, Frank Stippler and Laurens Vanthoor.
Later in the first qualifying session the Audis did very well again. The Audi teams were able to secure a fine second and third in the session. The #4 car from Phoenix Racing in the hands of Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock was second fastest with a best time of 8:21.454.
The Audi race experience secured a great third place. The #502 Audi R8 LMS ultra shared by arco Werner, Frank Biela, Pierre Kaffer and Felix Baumgartner with a best time of 8:23.322.
The second Audi from Phoenix Racing was eighth fastest with Marc Basseng, Marcel Fassler, Frank Stippler and Laurens Vanthoor. The two R8 LMS ultra cars from Prosperica C.Abt Racing were eighteenth (#10 Audi) and nineteenth (#9 Audi).
The teams and drivers will hit the track again tomorrow for another 2-hour qualifying session before the special Top-30 qualifying shootout in the afternoon.
Photo credit: IG Autorennsport