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Audi R8 LMS Ultra On The Podium Around The World
Posted by: newsla on Jul 21, 2014 - 03:30 PM
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Audi R8 LMS Ultra On The Podium Around The World
• Audi customer team in Japan celebrates first podium finish this season • Customer teams successful in Great Britain, Canada and Belgium as well • André Lotterer about his forthcoming race in the 24-hours at Spa

 

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successful customer racing weekend: Audi customer teams celebrate podium finishes at Sugo, Silverstone, Toronto and Spa.

Third place for Lyons und Fujii in Japan

Richard Lyons and Tomonobu Fujii had a successful race weekend during the fourth round of the Super GT season at Sugo: the British-Japanese duo claimed an impressive third place in the GT-300 class. Starting form seventh place, the Audi Team Hitotsuyama drivers made up four positions in their Audi R8 LMS ultra and celebrated their first podium of the season at the flag.

Podium position at Silverstone

Success for César Campaniço and Aditya Patel: at Silverstone during the fifth of eight race weekends in the GT Open, the Team Novadriver drivers took third place in the GTS class in the second race. They had already proved their abilities with fastest time in qualifying

Mike Skeen strong in Toronto

After a turbulent first race and spin, the eighth Pirelli World Challenge weekend finished on a high note in Toronto: Mike Skeen from CRP Racing took third place and yet another podium in the Audi R8 LMS ultra.

Podium positions for two Audi privateers

The fourth Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy race weekend at Spa ended with a champagne shower on the podium for ‘Maximilian Stein’ and Berthold Gruhn. ‘Maximilian Stein’ clinched a second place in the D1-2 class at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS on Sunday. Gruhn was also successful and finished third.

Miguel Molina thrills media in Spain

Audi driver Miguel Molina used the time between the DTM races at Moscow and Spielberg for a large number of meetings with the media. During an extensive media tour of his native Spain, the 25-year-old professional race driver gave various interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday and visited individual editorial teams in a test car as well. On Thursday, an event with the Audi race experience on the race track at Barcelona was on the agenda in which the Catalonian’s passengers experienced a new dimension of driving at the limit.

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT relies on strong ladies

In the Spa 24 Hours, four female team members of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT prove that racing is not for men only. The Belgian team relies on four active ladies in different roles. Nathalie Verbist takes care of food and drink for the squad. The Belgian prepares two meals per day for 40 to 120 people at the track, depending on the team’s line-up. The 23-year-old Frenchwoman Nastassja Betton, who recently earned her university degree, has been working for the team as a data engineer since June. Elise Acker, who hails from the Alsace and is 23 as well, is employed as a data engineer too. Both say that Audi employee Leena Gade, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the third time in June as a race engineer, is their big role model. In Elise Bauquel, the squad relies on a fourth female team member. The 31-year-old Frenchwoman is from Nancy and has been working on the Audi R8 LMS ultra as a mechanic since this year.

A word from André Lotterer

Following the victory at Le Mans, there is now an opportunity for success in another 24-hour race – at Spa. How are you preparing for the event?

We feel well prepared. In June, Benoît Tréluyer and I in the R8 LMS ultra contested a round in the French GT Championship that was held at Spa. In addition, I was on the grid in the Spa 24 Hours in the past two years. But we shouldn’t underestimate the competition because there are many very good specialists in the Blancpain Endurance Series, which includes this race.

It’s your home round because you grew up in Belgium. You’re also running in individual historic races there with Audi. For the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, this is a home round as well. Do you feel that you’ve got a certain home advantage in this race?

It would be great if a home advantage existed, but I don’t believe in that. However, I do feel very comfortable there and was walking through the Spa paddock even as a child when my father took me along with his race team. The run in Belgium means a lot to me. Our motivation is very high but that doesn’t make us any faster.

Last year, you and your team-mates drove a very good race but, due to the rating of the Audi R8 LMS ultra, only took third place with a six-lap gap. What are you shooting for this year together with your two Le Mans team-mates Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer?

In a nutshell: We’re in the race to battle for victory. Whether or not we’ll have a chance to be in contention this year remains to be seen. A fair rating of all the entrants is never easy. We not only have strong rivals but also strong co-competitors within the Audi teams. It’ll be anything but easy.

You’re used to the ‘pedigree’ LMP sports car. How do you adjust to switching to the R8 LMS ultra, more than 50 percent of which is based on a production car?

It’s true that there are really big differences between an LMP and a GT3 sports car, particularly due to the aerodynamics, the weight and the tires. But a GT race car is generally not easy to drive at the limit either. In a GT race car, you’ve got to be more restrained than in an LMP. On the other hand, we’ve got to go to the limit in order to be able to attack. This race will be a nice challenge. And the R8 LMS ultra is great fun.

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