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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 09/2014
Posted by: newsla on Mar 30, 2014 - 08:53 PM
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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 09/2014

Preparation for the WEC season opener at Silverstone on April 20: Audi gathered important data with both of the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro race cars for the first time during the official ‘The Prologue’ test days at Le Castellet, France.


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Audi tests its WEC race cars at Le Castellet

Audi collected further data to set up the latest R18 e-tron quattro during the WEC „The Prologue“ test days at Le Castellet. After the team has used test cars for the entire development process so far, the race cars number ‚1’ and ‚2’ did their first laps on a race track on Friday and Saturday. Thus Audi has completed an important step in the preparations prior to the Silverstone season opener on 20 April.

Dindo Capello at Baselworld for partner Oris

The three-time Le Mans winner Dindo Capello visited Baselworld, the world’s leading trade show for watches and jewelry, for Audi. The former Audi factory driver, who represents the four rings today as a brand ambassador and as an Audi dealer in Italy, gave a talk about the motorsport commitment of his brand to an audience of more than 200 Oris importers from all over the world. The Swiss watch manufacturer has been ‘Official Watch Partner’ of Audi Sport in the DTM and the WEC since this year and is involved in the Audi R8 LMS Cup as well.

VLN: Phoenix Racing celebrates win in season opener

Successful season opener of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring: Marc Basseng, Frank Stippler and Laurens Vanthoor in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team Phoenix Racing started from the pole position, dominated the action at the front for a long time and, after four hours of racing, crossed the finish line with an advantage of 1m 55.640s. Marc Basseng had a moment of shock when he collided with a lapped vehicle and had to pit earlier.

Podium in Japan

A podium success for the Audi R8 LMS ultra at the season opener of the Super Taikyu Series in Japan: The Direction Racing team with drivers Taiyou Iida/Tetsuo Ogino/Takashi Kobayashi/Shinichi Takagi clinched third place overall in the five-hour race at Motegi held in pouring rain, which meant second place in the GT3 category.

Third place for Andrew Palmer

The Pirelli World Challenge in the USA saw an Audi team celebrate a podium position in the season opener as well. After Saturday’s race in St. Petersburg had to be canceled due to adverse weather conditions, newcomer Andrew Palmer in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team GMG Racing took third place in Sunday’s race, scoring a class victory.

Podium finish for AB Sport Auto at Barcelona

Audi privateer outfit AB Sport Auto clinched a rostrum finish in the V de V Endurance Series season opener at Barcelona. Maxime Jousse/Franck Thybaud/Michel Wegelin (F/F/F) finished third in the GTV2 class and eleventh overall in their Audi R8 LMS in the 4 hour race in Catalunya. W Racing Team entered an Audi as well. The Belgian R8 LMS ultra driven by Grégoire Chaix/Julien Jousse/Harry Teneketzian (F/F/F) didn’t finish the race though.

Successful class result for D2 Racing Team in Taiwan

The D2 Racing Team scored a debut success in the Taiwan Option Cup with the Audi R8 LMS that it has recently acquired. C. J. Huang finished first in the GT Challenge A+ and fourth overall in a field of 13 GT competitors on Taiwan’s Pen Bay Circuit.

A word from … Dieter Gass

What are Audi’s expectations on starting the 2014 DTM season?
“Audi starts each season with the aim of clinching victories and being in contention for the championship. This is particularly the case when you’ve got a title to defend. I think the fans can look forward to a thrilling three-way battle. BMW was already extremely strong in 2012 and 2013 and Mercedes, with Paul di Resta’s return among other things, obviously has ambitious goals.”

Are you happy with the preparation in winter?
“Audi Sport has subjected our RS 5 DTM to further development in many details and designed a largely new, aggressive aerodynamics concept for the car. We’re confident that we’ll be putting a powerful race car, eight fast drivers plus first-class teams on the grid again. Obviously, we’re only going to see where we stand compared to the competition on the first race weekend at Hockenheim.”

You’ve come up with a new mix of drivers for the teams. What were the reasons for this?
“We’ve got our dream squad on track and in the pit lane. But for the 2014 season we wanted to provide a few new impulses and, in doing so, of course took the wishes of the race drivers and the teams into account. By making these reassignments we tried to optimize the composition of the squad in a way so that everybody would be able to draw on their full performance potential – we’re expecting a performance boost here and there, with the drivers and the teams.”

The sporting regulations have not been published yet. What can the fans look forward to?
“To a tough and fair battle for the title, that’s for sure. That the officials keep looking for ideas to make the race weekends even more thrilling is one of the hallmarks of the DTM. They’ve created perfect prerequisites for this in the technical regulations and the sporting rules, as well, are going to contribute their share to even greater attractiveness and balance.”

Coming up next week

05/04 Nürburgring (D), press conference for Nürburgring 24 Hours
06/04 Okayama (J), round 1, Super GT

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