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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 12/2014
Posted by: newsla on Apr 22, 2014 - 06:20 AM
Sports Cars
Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 12/2014

A week of awards: Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, as well as Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval, were presented with the Segrave Medal at Silverstone. The former Audi factory driver Allan McNish received two trophies in Great Britain. In the Blancpain Sprint Series, Audi started the season at Nogaro with a victory and podium positions.


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Segrave medals for Audi

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and the two Audi factory drivers Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval received the Segrave medals from Britain’s Royal Automobile Club at Silverstone. Three days after the Segrave Trophy was awarded to Allan McNish, the Club presented the trophies in recognition of the overall team effort. The driver combination has, under the guidance of Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, won the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone last season.

Segrave Trophy for Allan McNish

The British automobile club RAC on Tuesday presented Allan McNish with the Segrave Trophy for his outstanding achievements and courage. Last year, the former Audi factory driver won the Tourist Trophy in the Silverstone 6 Hours, triumphed for the third time in the Le Mans 24 Hours and won the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Segrave Trophy commemorates Sir Henry Segrave, a pre-war race driver and aviator. He was the first race driver to set speed records on both land and water. McNish had been awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy for the first time in 2008. Former award winners include racing personalities Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss and Frank Williams.

BRDC Trophy for Allan McNish

Former Audi factory driver Allan McNish received a BRDC „Club de Pilotes“ trophy on Saturday at the Silverstone WEC opener. Fellow racer Andy Wallace presented last year’s FIA WEC World Endurance Champion with a trophy for the highest-placed British driver in the Le Mans 24 Hours. McNish has won the endurance race three times. The Scotsman celebrated the WEC title plus wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the corresponding Silverstone 6 Hours with Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen in an Audi R18 e-tron quattro last year.

Lotterer presents Formula 3 winners with trophies

Special task for André Lotterer: The Audi factory driver who contests the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) handed over the winning trophies to the top finishers of round 1 of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Silverstone. The first winner of the new season was Volkswagen driver Tom Blomqvist whose father Stig Blomqvist had clinched the 1984 World Rally Championship with Audi.

A book about Mike Rockenfeller

Right in time for the 2014 DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring Adrenalin Verlag has published a biography of the reigning DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller. The 176-page book ‘Rocky – the Race Driver’ describes the impressive career of the Audi factory driver with all its highs and lows and provides deep insight into the everyday life of a professional racer – not least thanks to long interviews which the author conducted with Rockenfeller, his life partner and parents. At the DTM season opener at Hockenheim, ‘Rocky’ fans can have the book signed by the Audi factory driver during an autograph session.

Victory and podium positions at Nogaro

A victory and podium positions were clinched by the Audi R8 LMS ultra in the season opener of the Blancpain Sprint Series (BSS) at Nogaro, France. In the qualification race on Sunday, the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor and the Brazilian César Ramos in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT started from position two on the grid and went on to score a commanding victory. Their team-mates René Rast and Enzo Ide crossed the finish line as the runners-up but were subsequently removed from the classification due to a technical irregularity. As a result, second place went to Markus Winkelhock and Mayr-Melnhof in the R8 LMS ultra of Phoenix Racing. In the main race on Monday, Grégory Guilvert and Stéphane Ortelli in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of G-Drive Racing took second place in front of their WRT brand colleagues Mateusz Lisowski and Vincent Abril. The winners of the qualification race, Ramos and Vanthoor, retired after an incident of body contact on the formation lap.

New Audi customer racing team in Thailand

Audi Sport customer racing welcomes a new team in Asia: A private Audi entry will run an R8 LMS in Thailand for the first time. BQ Racing from Bangkok has purchased one of the GT3 cars in Cup specification. Henk Kiks will contest the Thailand Super Series (TSS) in the 570 PS race car. The series holds eight races spread over four domestic events. In addition, Dutchman Henk Kiks plans to contest the Sepang 12 Hours on 30/31 August 2014 together with Daniel Bilski from Hong Kong and Dario Garcia from Spain.

Two victories in ‘Down Under’

Rod Salmon clinched two victories at the Bathurst Motor Festival at Mount Panorama Circuit. The Australian, a two-time winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour, in his Audi R8 LMS initially secured the pole position for all three races. In the first sprint race, he then triumphed in front of his Melbourne Performance Centre team-mate Steven McLaughlan at the wheel of another R8 LMS. In the second sprint race, McLaughlan, who had never raced at Mount Panorama before, impressed with a second-place finish. The final 1-hour race again saw Salmon at the front while McLaughlan finished in fifth place.

A word from ... Filipe Albuquerque

You just had your first race weekend in a sports car at Silverstone in the European Le Mans Series. With Team Jota Sport you were leading the race before one of your team-mates subsequently retired with the car. How were your first LMP race kilometers?

“Entering the world of the sports prototypes was huge fun. I’m contesting the European Le Mans Series in preparation for my two WEC races with Audi at Spa and Le Mans. I’m familiar with endurance race distances and the team sport idea of having several driver colleagues from my runs in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. But the ‘feel’ of driving a sports car is new for me.”

What are the biggest differences to a DTM race car of the kind you’ve been driving for Audi up to now?

“The Audi RS 5 DTM I was still driving last year was great fun, very demanding and stands for the highest-caliber touring car technology. Still, a sports car is totally different. The centrifugal forces and cornering speeds are much higher, acceleration is better and during my tests in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro I got used to the complex operation of a hybrid sports car. The LMP1 race cars are the fastest category in the field. This requires maximum concentration when overtaking or lapping other cars.”

Your first race in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro is just around the corner – the WEC round at Spa is on the agenda on May 3. Do you feel ready?

“The preparation spanned more than half a year and was outstanding. Audi inducted me so well that I’ve been feeling very comfortable in every stage of my switch from touring cars to sports cars. On Sunday, after my ELMS race, I watched the WEC commitment of my team-mates in the Audi garages together with Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis. Our race engineer Matthias Huber was involved in the action as well. Now I can hardly wait to start with Marco in the #3 Audi at Spa.”

Coming up next week

23/04 Brussels (B), press conference, FIA WEC with André Lotterer
26/04 Nürburgring (D), round 3, Endurance Championship
26/04 Brno (CZ), round 1, DMV Touring Car Challenge
27/04 Le Mans (F), round 1, French GT Championship
27/04 Oschersleben (D), round 1, ADAC GT Masters
27/04 Birmingham (USA), round 3, Pirelli World Challenge
27/04 Zolder (B), round 1, Belgian GT Championship


Audi Communications Motorsport
Jürgen Pippig
Telephone: +49 (0)841 89 35550
E-mail: juergen.pippig@audi.de

Related pictures

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Sport), Allan McNish (GB), Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK)
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Sport), Allan McNish (GB), Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK)

Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK), Allan McNish (GB)
Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK), Allan McNish (GB)

Audi R8 LMS ultra #3 (G-Drive Racing), Stéphane Ortelli, Grégory Guilvert (MC/F)
Audi R8 LMS ultra #3 (G-Drive Racing), Stéphane Ortelli, Grégory Guilvert (MC/F)

César Ramos (BR), Laurens Vanthoor (B)
César Ramos (BR), Laurens Vanthoor (B)

Overview of the Audi Group

The Audi Group delivered approximately 1,575,500 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2013. In 2013 the company reported revenue of €49.9 billion and an operating profit of €5.03 billion. The company is globally operating in more than 100 markets with production facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). Since December 2013, the brand with the Four Rings has been producing cars also in Foshan (China). In 2015, Audi will start production in São José dos Pinhais (Brazil), followed by San José Chiapa (Mexico) in 2016. Wholly owned subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy), the sports motorcycle manufacturer. The company currently employs more than 73,500 people worldwide, thereof more than 52,500 in Germany. Total investment of around €22 billion is planned from 2014 to 2018 – primarily in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi is committed to its corporate responsibility and has anchored the principle of sustainability for its products and processes in its strategy. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.

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