Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekend Round Up - Audi Motorsport Blog (15-16/09/2012)

By Johan Laubscher 

1. The Weekend

Focussing this week on the weekend of 16 - 17 September 2012

2. The Events

  •           FIA WEC
  •           DTM
  •           ADAC GT Masters
  •           Spanish GT
  •           Portuguese GT
  •           HSR
  •           Audi R8 LMS Cup
  •           Norwegian GT
  •           FIA Hillclimb
  •           French Rallycross
  •           Goodwood Revival
  •           Austrian Hillclimb
  •           SCCA Regionals  

2.1. FIA WEC

The fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship headed to Brazil. The two regular Audi R18 driver teams were joined by local driver Lucas di Grassi in the #2 R18 ultra. Silverstone had shown the tremendous pace of the Toyota TS030, but also its lack of fuel efficiency. The headline of the Brazilian round was the continued speed of the Toyota but with a massive increase in fuel efficiency. Audi and Toyota traded fastest times during the sessions which ended with pole for Toyota. The race was a blue blitz. The Toyota held the lead from the start and won the race. The TS030’s greater pace overcome the pitstop deficit. The Audis had their own in-house battle during the race which resulted in the #1 finishing in second followed by the #2 in third. It was a historic day for LMP1 as the category has come alive with real competition.

2.2. DTM

The DTM was at Oschersleben this weekend. After the Audi domination at Zandvoort this weekend was a stark contrast. The Audis did not set the pace this weekend and no Audis made it into the top four during qualifying. The race was very difficult as various issues pushed the Audis back.  Four Audis did make it into the top ten, however the highest of these was Rocky in sixth place.

2.3. ADAC GT Masters  

The ADAC GT Masters returned to the Nürburgring this weekend as the Audis continued to struggle with the Balance of Performance. Despite the deficit the Audi teams continued to push very hard. Only one Audi, the Mamerow Racing car, made it into the top ten during a qualifying session. The races had similar results. Race one saw Prosperia uhc speed achieve tenth place and during race two Mamerow finished in eighth, these were the top finishing Audis in both races respectively.

2.4. Spanish GT

The Portuguese Novadriver team had a very busy weekend. They entered both the Spanish GT and Portuguese GT rounds. One Audi R8 LMS ultra from the team was entered at each event. The Spanish GT series was at Valencia for an endurance race. They qualified well in second but a mechanical fault sidelined the them during the race.

2.5. Portuguese GT  

The Portuguese GT was at Braga this weekend. One Audi R8 LMS ultra from the Novadriver team was entered for the event. This event also formed part of the Iberian Supercars Trophy. The team were very fast all weekend and won the first race. Race two saw another podium  finish as the team came second. 

2.6. Historic Sports Car Racing

The HSR held the Road Atlanta Historic races this weekend. The GMT Racing Audi R8 LMP (#606) driven by Travis Engen was at the event.

2.7. Audi R8 LMS Cup  

The Audi R8 LMS Cup and its sixteen car grid headed to Zhuhai for the second time this season. The weekend belonged to ex-F1 man, Alex Yoong. He secured pole position and converted it into two race victories. The result rocketed Yoong back into the title hunt. Despite the domination by Alex, the championship is still led by Marchy Lee.

2.8. Norwegian GT

The Norwegian GT Racing series was held at Rudskogen this weekend, the season finale. Various Audis compete in this series, including an Audi A5 TDI, sport quattro and a 80.

2.9. FIA Hillclimb

The final round of the FIA Hillclimb series was this weekend. It was the Buzetski Dani Hillcimb. Various Audis competed, including the modified ABT-Audi TT-R driven by Vláďa Vitver.

2.10. French Rallycross

The finale of the French Rallycross season took place at Mayenne. The ex-Racing Team Jagu Audi A3, which is now run privately by Jimmy Terpereau, was at the event. Racing Team Jagu may not have taken part during the 2012 season, but they have already previewed the Audi A1 racer with which they will compete during 2013.

2.11. Goodwood Revival

The annual Goodwood Revival once again saw an incredible collection of legendary race cars. Among the cars entered at the event were a group of Auto Union Grand Prix cars from Audi Tradition. The cars formed part of a reunion of the silver arrows, the cars from Auto Union (Audi) and Mercedes-Benz. The Auto Union drivers at Goodwood included Frank Biela and Nick Mason.

2.12. Austrian Hillcimb

A week after the return of the Marko Racing Team they were back in action on the hills of Austria. This weekend the team was at the Semriach Hillcimb with their immaculately prepared Audi A4 STW.

2.13. SCCA Regionals

Limitless Racing and Dr Jason Lee where again racing in a regional event this weekend. The event was the SCCA Double Regionals at Watkins Glen. Dr Lee and his Audi R8 GRAND-AM finished first in the STO class and second overall at the event.

2.14. Other Audi news

A great collection of Audi cars were in Switzerland this weekend for the Audi Club Festival hosted by Audi Sport Club Suisse. Amoung the cars were a collection of Audi quattro rally cars and the Audi sport Quattro S1 replica built by Prospeed from Bulgaria.

The race-taxi Audi R8 LMS ultra at the Oschersleben DTM round had a new livery this weekend. The white R8 LMS ultra was wearing a FC Bayern München livery and was driven by Christopher Haase.

Phoenix Racing have announced that they will be at the next Blancpain Endurance Series round, held at the Nürburgring. The 2012 Spa 24 Hour winners will field one car to be driven by Rast, Primat and Ludwig.

The American DragonSpeed team have revealed more details about their future plans. The team continues testing their new Audi R8 LMS ultra ahead of its debut which will take place during 2013. The race debut will be at the 2013 Dubai 24 Hours followed by the Bathurst 12 Hours and a European endurance tour which will include the Nürburgring and Spa 24 Hour races.

United Autosports announced that they will field their Audi R8 LMS ultra in the 2013 British GT season. The team will run the car, which will be driven Matt Bell and Mark Patterson, alongside their two McLaren race cars.

3. Next Weekend’s events (22-23/09/2012)

  •           BTCC
  •           Blancpain Endurance
  •           FIA GT1
  •           FIA GT3
  •           SA Production Cars
  •           Czech MMCR
  •           Australian GT
  •           DMV TCC
  •           Italian GT
  •           SCCA National Runoffs
  •           RCN
  •           Silverstone 24 Hours
  •           STCC
  •           Brazil DTCC
  •           Histo Cup 
  •           Mexican SuperTurismos
  •           Dutch Supercar
  •           AvD 100 Meilen

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