Sunday, July 22, 2012

Weekend Round Up - Audi Motorsport Blog (21-22/07/2012)

By Johan Laubscher

1. The Weekend

Focussing this week on the weekend of 21 - 22 July 2012

2. The Events

-          VLN
-          Brazil GT
-          STT
-          GT Cup
-          DTCC
-          Belgian Historic Racing
-          SCCA Nationals  
-          Omnitel 1000 km
-          Silverstone Classic 
-          Cup & Tourenwagen Trophy 

2.1. VLN

The sixth VLN round saw the Phoenix Racing pairing of Marc Basseng and Frank Stippler do it again in their Audi R8 LMS ultra. The pair who together won the fourth round of the series again stepped onto the top of the podium after an amazing comeback drive. The SP4T class was once again won by the Raeder Motorsport Audi TT RS. A total of nine Audi race cars took part in the event.

2.2. Brazil GT

It was a case of putting their bad luck behind them for Ebrahim Motors during the fourth Brazilian GT round at Rio de Janeiro. The team suffered a fire during practice at the previous round which ended their race weekend. With that behind them the Ebrahim brothers were very fast this weekend with second and third place qualifying performances. The first race saw some bad luck for the team, but race two was another podium finish as they came home in second place.

2.3. STT

Three Audi cars lined up for the four of the German Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy (STT) at Spa. The cars did well in their respective classes. The three Audis consisted of the usual three competitors, an Audi 80, Audi S4 and a V8 STAR Audi A6 silhouette.  

2.4. GT Cup

The sixth GT Cup Championship, a series based in the UK, was hosted at Oulton Park. The series has recently opened its classes to GT3 specification race cars and the sixth round was the debut of an Audi R8 LMS car in the series. The latest Audi R8 LMS team, Wessex Vehicles that debuted last weekend in Britcar were at the GT Cup event. The driver and new owner of the ex-United Autosports machine, Nigel Mustill was at the wheel of his car. The team achieved a third place finish in race two after missing out in race one due to a penalty.

2.5. DTCC

Round four of the Brazilian based Audi DTCC (Driver Touring Car Cup) was held at Sao Paulo. Fourteen Audi A3 cars were on the gird for this one-make championship this weekend.  

2.6. Belgian Historic Racing

As was the case earlier this year at Zolder, the two time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer took part in Belgian historic racing. The event was at Spa and the young German was again behind the wheel of the Nothelle-Kamei Audi Coupe which his father had worked on thirty-one years ago during his time at Nothelle.  

Andre Lotterer on Twitter

2.7. SCCA Nationals

Road America was host to a SCCA National event this weekend in the run up to this year’s SCCA National Runoffs. Joel Weinberger and his ex-Stasis Audi A4 claimed the overall victory for the weekend. Another step closer for the Continental Racing team in reclaiming their SCCA Nationals title.

2.8. Omnitel 1000 km

The annual Omnietel 1000 km race was held this weekend. The event is one of Lithuania’s leading motorsport events. In the past various Audi cars have taken part in the event and this year there was a single Audi A4 B5 on the grid, according to the entry list.

2.9. Silverstone Classic 

The 2012 Silverstone Classic took place this past weekend. Various Audi cars were entered in the Touring Car events which included an Audi A4 STW. website

2.10. Cup & Tourenwagen Trophy 

This weekend Spa hosted the third round of the German Cup & Tourenwagen Trophy. Three Audi cars were on the gird which included two Audi A3s and a TT. The #1 Audi A3 did very well and achieved a podium finish.

2.11. Other Audi news

The Spa 24 Hours is less than a week away and on Friday Audi Sport revealed the factory liveries for the event. Four factory supported Audi R8 LMS cars will be on the grid from WRT and Phoenix Racing with two cars each. There will be ten Audi R8 LMS and ultra cars in total on the grid.

Some of the South African Bridgestone Production Cars teams were testing at Phakisa, two weeks ahead of round six of the series. Among these teams was VMP Motorsport with their Audi S4. The team is working hard with their Audi S4 as they continue to develop and improve their new for 2012 race car.

The Japanese Super GT series held official testing at Suzuka this weekend. All the usual teams were at the event including the four Audi cars from GAINER, ├Ąpr racing and Hitotsuyama Racing. The teams will be back in action next weekend for round four of the series at Sugo.

Various Audi race cars were present at the Waterfest Audi & VW car show in America this weekend. Both the QuattroWorld and Fourtitude stands featured Audi race cars. QuattroWorld had the Limitless Racing Audi R8 GRAND-AM on show and Fourtitude had the 2005 Le Mans winning and 2006 ALMS Lime Rock winning Audi R8 LMP (#605) on show. website

3. Next Weekend’s events (28-29/07/2012)

-          Grand Am
-          Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
-          Spa 24 Hours
-          RCN
-          Japan Super GT
-          BRCC
-          Norway GT Racing
-          Legends of Motorsport

All photos are hosted at their respective website which are listed within the Weekend Round Up