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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 30/2014
Posted by: newsla on Aug 25, 2014 - 06:12 AM
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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 30/2014


Strong performances by Audi customer teams: While Mike Skeen celebrated first place for CRP Racing at Sonoma, Audi customer teams clinched two one-two victories in Australia, and in the Blancpain Sprint Series, Audi drivers extended their advantage.

 

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Mike Skeen celebrates third victory of the season

On the tenth race weekend of the Pirelli World Challenge, Audi driver Mike Skeen achieved victory for the third time, at Sonoma, California. After starting from the pole position, the driver from Team CRP Racing in the Audi R8 LMS ultra celebrated first place on Saturday, reducing his gap to the leader by 71 points to now merely eleven points.

Two one-two victories for Audi customer teams in Australia

Successful race weekend for Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes and Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow at the fourth event of the Australian GT Championship at Sydney. The two Audi drivers in the Audi R8 LMS each celebrated a victory and a second place in the GT Trophy classification. With that, Rod Salmon extended his lead of the standings, now ranking 65 points ahead of the runners-up Koutsoumidis/Winslow (315 points).

Audi teams extend lead of the standings

A strong showing was made by two Audi customer teams on the fourth race weekend of the Blancpain Sprint Series at the Slovakia Ring. In the main race on Sunday, Enzo Ide and René Rast in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT clinched third place overall. On taking victory in the Pro-AM Trophy, Marc Basseng and Alessandro Latif fromTeam Phoenix Racing in seventh place overall had reason to cheer as well. On Saturday, the WRT drivers César Ramos and Laurens Vanthoor in heavy rain won the qualification race that was interrupted twice. WRT thus took the lead of the teams’ standings. Phoenix Racing extended its lead in the Pro-AM Cup.

Edoardo Mortara happily married

Edoardo Mortara and his fiancée Montserrat Retamal Aguilar tied the knot. The Spaniard and the Audi DTM driver have been a couple for six years. The newly-weds celebrated their wedding on Sunday with family and friends in Geneva.

Young formula drivers train in Audi R8 LMS

On Monday, three young drivers from the Formula Masters China Series had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the Audi R8 LMS. On the race track at Sepang in Malaysia, Alex Yoong, who runs in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, instructed the leader of the Formula Masters standings James Munro from New Zealand, the leader of the Trophy classification Yuan Bo from China, and the Indonesian Andersen Martono. The exclusive test is part of a program of Volkswagen Group China designed to provide FMCS race drivers with optimal training. Three drivers of the single-seater racing series that was only launched in 2013 already made their debut this year in the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

Benoît Tréluyer enjoys enduro weekend

Audi driver Benoît Tréluyer had great fun during the Aveyronnaise Classic. He contested the motorbike enduro event in the South of France in the Midi-Pyrénées region. After some good stage times at the beginning, he retired but stayed with the friends of his youth who raced there, too, and assisted them between the special stages. „It was a great event and I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere there“, said the Le Mans winner.

Encounter of the wild kind

After the DTM race at the Nürburgring, Mike Rockenfeller was part of an unusual film and photo production under the banner of partner Schaeffler. The 2013 DTM Champion in his Audi RS 5 DTM met with the Trophy Truck of Armin Schwarz that features green-yellow graphics as well. On the Nordschleife, the two highly different race vehicles provided excellent subjects for the cameras. Subsequently, Rockenfeller experienced the impressively tough handling qualities of the Trophy Truck in an area of the facility as Schwarz’s passenger.

Marcel Fässler thrills Swiss racing community

Marcel Fässler visited the classic Lignières Historique 2014 event. The Audi factory driver treated the spectators to a sampling of his skills at the wheel of a classic Junior race car. The three-time Le Mans winner piloted the historic single-seater to victory in a sprint race. “It was fascinating to experience so many thousand spectators on this track. The weekend was great fun,” said Fässler, who was on the starting grid at the invitation of the Touring Club Schweiz in the canton of Neuchâtel.

A word from ... Loïc Duval

At round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) you’ll be returning to the cockpit of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. How have you recovered from the accident in qualifying at Le Mans?
I’m doing really well. I’ve regularly had my progress checked at a hospital in Lausanne since June. In addition, your racing license is withdrawn following such a serious crash, but I’ve had it reinstated since then.

Have you subsequently returned to the cockpit of a race car?
No, the doctors, Audi and I agreed that I should take it easy. Therefore, my first race was the fourth race weekend of the Superformula at Motegi on August 24. A month before the WEC race at Austin, this run and the fourth place were a very good opportunity to prepare for my return to the R18 e-tron quattro.

Are you back on the same level with your fitness training as before?
Four weeks ago, I began to extensively do sports again. So, by the time of the event at Austin, I will have been training for two full months. I’m already feeling completely fit again, physically and mentally.

So you’ve long begun to feel excited about racing again?
Absolutely. Even immediately after my accident, it was pretty difficult to watch my team-mates in the Le Mans 24 Hours only on a TV screen instead of being on track myself. Fortunately, I’ll be sitting in the car again at Austin at the end of September – I really like the track, as well as the city.

Coming up next week

Aug 30 Sepang (MAL), Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race
Aug 31 Nürburgring (D), round 6, ADAC GT Masters
Aug 31 Le Castellet (F), round 4, Italian GT Championship
Aug 31 Brands Hatch (GB), round 6, British GT Championship
Aug 31 Suzuka (J), round 6, Super GT
Aug 31 Nürburgring (D), round 5, Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy
Aug 31 Aragon (E), round 5, V de V Endurance Series

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