Friday, July 13, 2012

Audi teams seeking strong results at Magny-Cours

By Tarek Ramchani

The French GT Tour is heading to Magny-Cours this weekend for the fourth round of the season. The three regular Audi teams will be there aiming for strong performances and results.

Team Audi France, the official dealer team improved a lot last time out. At Val de Vienne the #32 WRT run Audi R8 LMS ultra got its first podium of the season. The car shared by Stephane Ortelli and David Hallyday will be among the big favorites at Magny-Cours, a track where the Audi R8 LMS has been always strong in the past three years. In the championship points standing both drivers are sixth with 48 points. WRT is doing really well in both the Blancpain Endurance Series and FIA GT1 World Championship, the Belgian squad wants to now win with Audi France in GT Tour.

Sainteloc Racing had an unlucky weekend at Val de Vienne, the cars were fast yet the team was really unlucky in both races. At Magny-Cours Sainteloc Racing will have two Audi R8 LMS ultra in the main "Championnat de France". The #4 car will be in hands of Gregory Guilvert and Paul Lamic, both are seventh in the points standings. The sister #5 car will be driven by Bruno Hernandez and Renaud Derlot who replaces a busy Dino Lunardi who is busy with the ADAC GT Masters in Germany.

JWS Racing will have a single R8 LMS, the #38 of William David and Jean Marc Quintois. The team is introducing a special livery this weekend celebrating July 14th, the French national day.

Sainteloc Racing is fielding a third Audi R8 LMS in the amateurs based "Coupe de France", a gentlemen trophy open for old GT3 spec cars. The #42 car will have Marc Sourd and Patrice Madelaine as drivers, both are second in the series points standing in their category.

Magny-Cours is a very challenging track, the Audi teams will have to fight hard against the dominant Porsche 997 GT3 R, mainly those from Pro GT the defending champions. As per usual the weekend will consist of two 1 hour sprint races which are scheduled on Saturday and on Sunday. We wish the best of luck for all the Audi teams and drivers.

Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Lasseaux / IG Autorennsport