Friday, August 10, 2012

Hard qualifying for Audi teams in GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring

By Tarek Ramchani

The demanding ADAC GT Masters is at the Red Bull Ring this weekend for the fifth meeting of the season. Three Audi R8 LMS ultra are there from Prosperia uhc Speed and Mamerow Racing. It has already been a very hard day 1 in both free practice sessions and qualifying for the Audi squad.

#22 Prosperia uhc Speed - Audi R8 
Prosperia uhc Speed are again with its two cars. The #21 Audi R8 LMS ultra is shared by Christopher Mies and Edward Sandstrom. The sister #22 car is for Christian Abt and Carsten Tilke. The two cars struggled in both free practice sessions and qualifying. Mies and Sandstrom in the #21 Audi R8 LMS ultra were 27th in the first practice session and 9th in the second one. Team mates Abt and Tilke got 36th and 29th in the two practice sessions. Things got worse for the team in the first qualifying session for Saturday race 1. Mies and Sanstrom will start from 33rd on the grid, some two seconds slower than the pole setting car. Abt and Tilke are way back in 37th place. Mies and Sandtrom were able to improve in the second qualifying round taking 15th place. Abt and Tilke finished in 31st.

#40 Mamerow Racing - Audi R8
Mamerow Racing had an amazing Nurburgring round last time out. A win and a fine third place finish for Christian Mamerow and René Rast. The #40 Audi R8 LMS ultra finished 25th in the first free practice session and 27th in the second one. In the first qualifying session Rast and Memrow were able to improve by taking the 11th spot on the grid. In the second qualifying session the two drivers got a 27th place for Sunday's race 2.

Day one on the Austrian track was a very difficult one for Audi teams. The ADAC GT Masters is now the premier national GT series in Europe. The Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will have to fight hard on track to improve against a very large and top quality field from Porsche, Corvette, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Photo credit: ADAC GT Masters

More information:
Prosperia uhc Speed official website
Mamerow Racing official website
ADAC GT Masters official website