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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 16/2014
Posted by: newsla on May 19, 2014 - 06:16 AM
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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 16/2014


Rahel Frey finishes the season opener of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in South Korea on the podium. On the DTM weekend at Oschersleben, Timo Scheider wins a slot car race and Mattias Ekström demonstrates his talent in skeet shooting.

 

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Congfu Cheng and Alex Yoong successful

Season opener in the Audi R8 LMS Cup: In the first race at Yeongam (South Korea), Congfu Cheng celebrated a start-finish victory in front of title defender Adderly Fong and ex-Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong. In the second session on Sunday, victory went to Alex Yoong, who had secured the pole position by setting the fastest race lap in the first heat. Trailing him with a gap of just 1.075 seconds the Swiss Rahel Frey Rang took second place ahead of Marchy Lee. After the first two races, Alex Yoong is leading the standings with a four-point advantage over Congfu Cheng. Rahel Frey follows with a ten-point gap in third place.

Audi R8 LMS ultra fast at Brands Hatch

The Audi customer teams experienced highs and lows at the turbulent second race weekend of the Blancpain Sprint Series (BSS) at Brands Hatch in the UK. Both in the crucial qualifying session and in the two races the fastest laps went to an Audi R8 LMS ultra. The Belgian Laurens Vanthoor of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT started the qualifying race from the pole position. In the qualifying race, however, he lost important seconds during the pit stop and finished in sixth place. In the main race, Vanthoor together with his team-mate César Ramos advanced to fourth place. The best Audi customer team in the qualifying race was Niki Mayr-Melnhof and Markus Winkelhock (Phoenix Racing) in fifth place. They retired in the main race after contact with another car. The German René Rast, who shared the cockpit in the WRT Audi with Enzo Ide, lost time in the qualifying race due to a puncture but set the fastest race lap in both sessions.

Podium places for Jacky Yeung

In the GT Asia season opener at Yeongam, South Korea, Jacky Yeung demonstrated the strength of the Cup version of the Audi R8 LMS by taking podium places. The driver from HongKong, who competes for the Tiger Racing Team, finished the GTM category in third place in both races.

Podium in British club racing

Simpson Motorsport was pleased to score two podium finishes in the Britcar Endurance Championship in its first outing in 2014. In their Audi R8 LMS, Peter Cook/Franck Pelle clinched third place in class and fifth overall in the first heat at Donington. In the second heat, the Briton and the Frenchman improved to second overall and second in class.

DTM Audi at off-site event

Sporting the striking orange color Jamie Green’s Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM Jamie Green quickly managed to catch the attention of the DTM fans. But off the track the distinctive race car thrills audiences as well. At the three-day ‘World of Tools’ event held at the Hoffmann Group’s location in Odelzhausen, a true-to-the-original show car of the DTM racer was an eye-catcher for the guests and employees of Europe’s number one provider of quality tools.

Timo Scheider repeats last year’s victory

For the second consecutive time Timo Scheider won the traditional Audi Slot Car Challenge held as part of the DTM race at Oschersleben in which the eight Audi DTM drivers competed against each other in identical 1:24 scale Audi R8 cars. Scheider prevailed in the finale against Mattias Ekström, Adrien Tambay and Jamie Green. In the subsequent championship round of the RCCO Slot Car Series, Mike Rockenfeller’s race engineer Jürgen Jungklaus scored a respectable fourth place in the field of the slot car pros.

Ekström shoots – and hits

A shootout with live ammunition preceded the second DTM race of the year. At the invitation of the Marksmen’s Club Oschersleben, Audi driver Mattias Ekström and his rivals Marco Wittmann and Gary Paffett were pitted against each other in a skeet shooting competition. While Paffett missed the flying target in the unusual three-way battle each time, Ekström and Wittmann managed to hit it once on each of their three trials. “One in three – not a bad score for the first time,” beamed rookie skeet shooter Ekström. “It was an interesting experience but I did feel a bit uneasy holding a shotgun in my hand. I prefer grabbing the wheel of my Audi RS 5 DTM.”

Digital revival of a legend

25 years ago, the Audi 90 quattro caused a sensation in the IMSA GTO racing series with more than 700 hp. Now, it is the new star in a racing game. Since Friday, the legendary touring car is available for the RaceRoom Racing Experience. Fans can bring the feeling of the 1989 season when the factory drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck, Hurley Haywood, Scott Goodyear and Walter Röhrl thrilled the American fans back to their displays with the legendary all-wheel drive race car.

A word from ... Miguel Molina

Two races and a grid penalty twice due to minor issues in which you were not at fault. How do you cope with that?
“Of course it’s upsetting to lose good grid positions, but it doesn’t do you any good to work yourself into a state of frustration. I tackled the races at Hockenheim, and especially the one at Oschersleben, with the knowledge and awareness of having a fast car and of making the best of it. At Oschersleben, I advanced from last to sixth place. That says a lot about our performance potential this year.”

Did a certain ‘against-all-odds’ motivation give you an extra boost? After all, you even posted the fastest race lap.
“There was certainly a bit of that. But I was fast throughout the weekend at Oschersleben, so I just continued what I’d started in free practice and qualifying. In addition, I received an incredible amount of encouragement by my team Abt Sportsline and by Audi Sport. That pushed me as well.”

Champion Mike Rockenfeller captured the top of the standings at Oschersleben. Can you still become a dangerous rival for him?
“We’ve just had two of ten races. So nothing’s been decided yet. And I think it was obvious that I’ve got the speed to be in contention at the very front. We’re only going to know the ultimate result after the finale at Hockenheim. All I can say is: I really enjoy competing with the team and the car in the DTM at the moment.”

The next stop is Budapest...
“I’m looking forward to it. After the tests there, I’m assuming that we’ll again be able to deliver a strong performance. It’ll no doubt be a hot race – also due to the summer temperatures we can expect. Budapest is a track with a lot of corners, which no doubt suits the performance of our Audi.”

Coming up next week

25/05 Lausitzring (D), round 3, ADAC GT Masters
25/05 Silverstone (GB), round 2, Blancpain Endurance Series
25/05 Phillip Island (AUS), round 2, Australian GT Championship
25/05 Oschersleben (D), round 2, Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy
25/05 Sugo (J), round 2, Super Taikyu Series


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