Filipe Albuquerque and Marco Mapelli celebrated their second victory of the season in the Italian GT Championship. In Australia and the United States, Audi customer teams achieved further podium places with the Audi R8 LMS. In the World Rallycross Championship, Mattias Ekström in the Audi S1 EKS RX was victorious and extended his lead of the standings.
A Historic Quadruple Victory For Mercedes-AMG In The 2016 24-Hour Race
Mercedes-AMG is celebrating the biggest success to date since the start of its AMG Customer Sports programme: in the 44th running of the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring, teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 lock out the first four places and take sixth position. Victory went to Maro Engel (GER), Bernd Schneider (GER), Adam Christodoulou (GBR) and Manuel Metzger (GER) with the #4 entry of the AMG-Team BLACK FALCON. The AMG-Team HTP Motorsport, HARIBO Racing Team-AMG, the second AMG-Team BLACK FALCON car and the MANN-FILTER Team ZAKSPEED follow in second, third, fourth and sixth place respectively.
Following three class and three overall victories since 2009, Audi had been planning for another good showing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours this year. However, with two races cars supported by Audi Sport customer racing in the top ten, the 44th running of the event proved disappointing. As the best Audi teams, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT achieved eighth place and Twin Busch Motorsport position ten.
Parente Scores Double GT Wins in Pirelli World Challenge weekend at Lime Rock Park; Fuentes, Udell Capture GTA, GT Cup Victories Saturday
Alvaro Parente, Martin Fuentes and Alec Udell won in GT, GTA and GT Cup, respectively at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock presented by Bentley on Saturday. It was Round 11 of the season for GT and GTA and Round 10 for GT Cup. Weather conditions saw scattered clouds and 89 degree temperatures at the race start.
The teams of Audi Sport customer racing are entering the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring thoroughly prepared. In the final Top-30 qualifying, the two best Audi R8 LMS cars clinched grid positions in the top ten while all six teams completed their programs for preparation.
The Eifel showed its whimsical side on Friday. A thunderstorm in the afternoon gave the teams a foretaste of a weekend with a changeable weather forecast. The track that was still partially wet in the final qualifying session made for tricky conditions. The best driver from Audi Sport customer racing was Frank Stippler. In his home round, the 41-year-old pro from Bad Münstereifel achieved the fifth-best time in the Audi R8 LMS for Phoenix Racing. The Dutchman Robin Frijns clinched grid position ten for Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, trailed by René Rast (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) in position 16, Pierre Kaffer (Audi Sport Team WRT) in 22nd place following a puncture, and Marc Basseng (montaplast by Land-Motorsport) in position 25. Christian Mamerow (Twin Busch Motorsport), after an accident, only took 30th place.
Townsend Bell Credits Full-Time IMSA Status as a Reason for Indy 500 Competitiveness
Steven Cole Smith, IMSA Wire Service
Is there much similarity between driving the Lamborghini Huracán Townsend Bell races regularly in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the Andretti Autosport-Robert Graham Honda IndyCar he qualified fourth for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 at 230.481 mph?
"Well," he says, "they both have steering wheels…"
That Bell is able to compete full-time in the WeatherTech Championship, where he and co-driver Bill Sweedler won the season championship in the GT Daytona class in 2015 in a Scuderia Corsa Ferrari, and still be competitive in his once-a-year IndyCar start at Indianapolis is less surprising than it sounds.
He began his career in open-wheel cars, in the Skip Barber series, and moved up to Indy Lights, then in 2000, to the CART series. In 2003, he raced in the Formula 3000 series, and was a test driver for Formula 1 teams. The next year he returned stateside for a full-time ride in IndyCar.
Some Seventy Pirelli World Challenge Drivers Set to Tackle the "Bull RIng" at the Lime Rock Park Grand Prix Presented by Bentley
Seventy Pirelli World Challenge drivers across the series’ seven classes are set to battle it out May 26-28 at the renowned ‘Bull Ring’ – part of the traditional Memorial Day Weekend season-opener at Lime Rock Park. GT and GTA drivers will race Rounds 10 and 11, while GT Cup and GTS pilots race in Rounds 9 and 10. TC, TCA and TCB drivers will race Rounds 5 and 6. The Pirelli World Challenge Lime Rock Grand Prix presented by Bentley marks the 17th appearance for the series at the 7-turn 1.5-mile road course.
Young Bentley Driving Star Andrew Palmer Heads To Lime Rock Park After Strong CTMP PWC GT Runs; Youngest GT Winner Ever In PWC
Andrew Palmer has been fast in just about everything he has ever done.
The 21-year-old Chicago native became the youngest GT winner (19) in Pirelli World Challenge history when he made a last lap pass in 2014 at Barber Motorsports Park. And the former college cross country and track and field star graduated from Pomona College in Southern California in three years, majoring in the difficult Mathematical Economics.
Patrick Long Sweeps Pirelli World Challenge GT Races At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park; Schien And Green Take Wins Sunday
Patrick Long, Michael Schein and Chris Green won in Sunday's GT, GTA and GT Cup race, respectively, at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Canada presented by Audi at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 50-minute GT/GTA Round 9, GT Cup Round 8 race was held in slick overcast conditions.
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