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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 18/2014
Posted by: newsla on Jun 02, 2014 - 06:09 AM
Le Mans News
Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 18/2014

The fans not only got to see thrilling motorsport at the DTM round at Budapest or the official test day at Le Mans. Audi customer teams around the world were successful in various series, scoring a victory and several podium positions.


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One-two win in France

The Audi customer teams experienced a successful second race weekend in the French GT Championship. At Lédenon, France, Roland Berville and Anthony Beltoise in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of the Sébastien Loeb Racing team scored victory in the second heat. When a time penalty was retroactively imposed on a competitor team, David Hallyday and Grégory Guilvert in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Saintéloc Racing advanced to second place and made for an Audi one-two win. After two of seven weekends, Hallyday and Guilvert are the runners-up in the championship.

TUSC: Haase/Miller on podium at Detroit

In round four of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSC) on the street circuit at Detroit, the German Christopher Haase and his American team-mate Bryce Miller in the Audi R8 LMS of the Paul Miller Racing team clinched third place in the GT Daytona class. Haase and Miller had started the race from position twelve on the grid.

Podium places in Detroit

Andrew Palmer in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team GMG Racing finished the round of the Pirelli World Challenge on the city street circuit in Detroit with two podium places. The 19-year-old student who, following an incident in qualifying, had started the first race only from eighth place on the grid advanced to join the pack of the front runners with a strong start and crossed the finish line as the runner-up. In the second heat on Sunday, Palmer, on taking third place, scored another podium finish.

Palmer’s GMG team-mate Bret Curtis was pleased to take a podium place as well. The seasoned campaigner in his Audi R8 LMS ultra took second place in the GT-A category.

GT Asia: Podium in the GTM class

Jacky Yeung and Keng Fai Vong finished round three in GT Asia at Autopolis with a podium result. In warm and dry conditions, the duo from Hong Kong and Macau in the Cup version of the Audi R8 LMS took second place in the GTM class.

Successful weekend at Zandvoort

In round two of the DMV Touring Car Challenge (DMV TCC) season at Zandvoort, the German Christoph Dupré in his Audi R8 LMS ultra occupied fourth place and second place in the GT3 category. In the second heat, Dupré was also listed in second place overall. The race weekend in the Netherlands was also successful for ‘Maximilian Stein,’ who celebrated a class victory in his Audi R8 LMS and second place in the class for vehicles with a cubic capacity above 5,000 cc.

Two podium finishes for Berthold Gruhn

Audi privateer Berthold Gruhn collected two trophies in the second round of the Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy. The driver from Gusborn finished second in the D1-2 class in both races held at Oschersleben in his Audi R8 LMS ultra.

Audi drivers on tour of Budapest

Accompanied by a TV camera, the Audi drivers Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina visited Budapest, the city hosting the year’s third DTM round. The sightseeing tour took the two DTM drivers to the famous Chain Bridge, which spans the Danube River and connects the two parts of the city, Buda and Pest. Another high point, quite literally, was the ascent to the Buda Castle by cable car. “The view from the top was impressive,” commented Molina while his brand colleague Scheider added, “I’d have never thought that there’d be a more beautiful city on the DTM calendar than Moscow. But Budapest is at least on a par.”


Hungary’s swim star Katinka Hosszú in the Audi race taxi

In water, Katinka Hosszú numbers among the world’s fastest women. The 25-year-old has set short-course world records in 100 IM, 200 IM and 400 IM and is a three-time world champion. At the Hungaroring, she now experienced a thrill of speed in a different dimension, as Katinka Hosszú was chauffeured across the 4.4-kilometer Grand Prix circuit in the Audi DTM race taxi. “Even the seating position is extreme. You’re almost lying and, what’s more, you’re just above the tarmac,” she reported following the ride. “The speed is incredible. I took a deep breath after each turn. We even overtook another car – this ride was really an impressive experience.”

Audi RS 5 DTM as 2,000-part Lego model

About 4,000 components are necessary to assemble an Audi RS 5 DTM. For the Lego replica of Miguel Molina’s DTM race car, the Hungarian Audi fan Máté Lipkovics used an amazing 2,000 elements. The engineer spent a total of 168 hours on his project of making the copy that was finished in time for the DTM comeback in his home town of Budapest. At the invitation of Audi Sport, Lipkovic visited the third round of the season and presented his Lego model of the Audi RS 5 DTM in front of the original race car.

Audi driver Rockenfeller visits Schaeffler plant

On his way to the DTM round at Budapest, title defender Mike Rockenfeller stopped at a facility of the company providing the colors of his Audi RS 5 DTM. On visiting the Hungarian plant of the Schaeffler Group’s LuK brand in Szombathely he signed autographs for the employees, answered questions in an interview session and had plant director Michael Reinig explain the production of clutches and torsion dampers to him.

Tom Kristensen, local supporter

Right when the Le Mans test day was over, Tom Kristensen grabbed the Hobro Idræts Klub football shirt and pulled it on full of pride. The club from the Audi driver’s home town had managed to graduate in the first Danish league today, the Superliga. Tom Kristensen’s two sons Oliver and Oswald also play for the Danish club’s junior teams.

24 Hours scaled down to a smaller format

Unusual excursion for Loïc Duval and Ralf Jüttner: On the day before the Le Mans test day, the 2013 Le Mans winner and the team director from Audi Sport Team Joest attended the sixth edition of the Mulsanne 24 Hours, a one-day race for radio-controlled cars. Audi driver Duval even had the honor to give the start to the event organised by Z Club Mulsanne. Duval and Jüttner also enjoyed the opportunity to sample the RC cars themselves.

Audi drivers have fun in karting

Benoît Tréluyer and Tom Kristensen got in the groove for the Le Mans test day in a kart race. Both Audi drivers followed an invitation of Le Mans organisers ACO on Saturday to get to know the new kart circuit in a race together with journalists. The two professional drivers enjoyed the race thoroughly. In his stint, Tom Kristensen held third position.

Allan McNish recognized with Gold Star award

The former Audi factory driver Allan McNish was pleased to receive another accolade. At a luncheon hosted by the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) on the Grand Prix weekend in Monaco, Derek Warwick presented the 2013 WEC Champion and Le Mans winner with the Gold Star Award, recognizing McNish as one of the greatest ambassadors of sport. The Gold Star is an annual award that has been presented since 1929.

A word from … Edoardo Mortara

You barely missed the podium at Budapest. After such a thrilling race, does even a fourth place feel like a small victory?
No, victory or a podium position with a trophy, are altogether different. But of course I’m happy about having advanced from twelfth to fourth place. Today, more would have been possible – now we’re going to take time out to look at why it didn’t work out.

Particularly your duel with Timo Glock caused a stir. How did you experience this two-way battle?
I had rough duels with Timo on several other occasions in the past. In most cases, he was the one to start them and I countered. Maybe I was a bit more aggressive today but, after all, we were battling for a podium place. I’m not particularly upset if he’s unhappy. I’d always fight in the same way again.

The first three races at two-week intervals are over. What is your interim assessment?
Very positive, because I was in the top four on all three weekends. I feel very comfortable in this squad. We’re having a great time and are successful. Still, we mustn’t slacken our pace: we’re seeing how strong the competition is and are set on making up this small gap as quickly as possible.

Now there is a four-week summer break until the Norisring. Have you already got plans?
Yes, a whole lot. There’s quite a bit to do on my house and I’d also like to focus my attention a bit more closely on my sushi restaurant in Geneva. Not only on the race weekends but also aside from motorsport I’m totally happy at the moment and enjoying my days – especially when it means being able to look forward to a highlight like Audi’s home round.

Coming up next week

04/06 Lignières (CH), press conference with Marcel Fässler
08/06 Spielberg (A), round 4, ADAC GT Masters
08/06 Portimão (P), round 2, GT Open

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