Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blancpain Sprint Series: Six Audi R8 LMS ultras ready for the Portimao round

By Tarek Ramchani

Portimao will play host to the fifth round of the 2015 Blancpain Sprint SeriesFollowing an unlucky Russian round at the Moscow Raceway, the Audi teams will be eager to take victories and big points in the Algarve.

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT will fied a total of the four cars in Portugal. Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns will share the #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra. The two drivers are leading the overall standing with 109 points each. Christopher Mies and Enzo Ide will drive the #2 Audi. Stéphane Richelmi and Stéphane Ortelli will share the #3 R8 LMS ultra. James Nash and Frank Stippler will be behind the wheel of the #4 machine.

Phoenix Racing from Germany is fielding a single Audi. The #6 car will be Niki Mayr-Melnhof and Markus Winkelhock will share the #6 R8 LMS ultra. Last time out in Russia the team performed very well with Markus Winkelhock the only driver behind the wheel.

The ISR Racing Team from the Czech Republic will enter one car at Portimao. The #75 Audi R8 LMS ultra will be driven by Filip Salaquarda and Marco Bonanomi. The two drivers will hunt some strong results in the sprint series after some unlucky rounds this year.

Portimao Entry List

Blancpain Sprint Series action will start on Friday with two practice sessions. the three qualifying sessions and the qualifying race will be held on Saturday. The warm-up and the main race will be held on Sunday.

Photo credit: Blancpain GT Series