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Audi R15+ TDI will start on front row at 12 Hours of Sebring

Audi R15+ TDI qualifies second, 12 Hours of Sebring, © 2011 DPerceptions

Photo: © 2011 Darren Pierson |

An excellent result for the Audi R15 TDI’s final hurrah. The 12 Hours of Sebring will be the first race for all in 2011 and yet the last race the R15 TDI era. While most knew Peugeot would be fast and take pole, the R15 was right there. Sarrazin did pull out an amazing 1:46.57 lap to take pole, with Romain Dumas right behind with a 1:47.680. Tom Kristensen put the #2 R15 TDI on 4th with a 1:48.173. Once again, it’s a 12 hour race and there will be over 50 cars spread over 3.7 miles. Gallery after the jump. Continue reading ‘Audi R15+ TDI will start on front row at 12 Hours of Sebring’

Gallery: Audi R15 plus TDI from the 12 Hour of Sebring

Audi R15 plus TDI, ILMC, 12 Hours of Sebring

Gallery after the jump!

Here’s our first set of images from today. Leading up to the final running of the Audi R15 plus TDI, the time charts have looked promising. In the final minutes of tonight’s practice, Tom Kristensen unloaded a 1:49.370 to split the two Peugeots. The #1 hit a 1:50.344 for fourth with Timo at the wheel. Earlier in the day we saw Tom Kristensen nail a 1:50.424 and Dumas click off a 1:50.538 to lead afternoon practice. Qualifying will take place tomorrow at 3:35 ET for the LMP1 class. Starting at 2:55 PM ET, you can catch all qualifying sessions live on Continue reading ‘Gallery: Audi R15 plus TDI from the 12 Hour of Sebring’

Audi Motorsport heads into a new era with its R15 TDI

Audi, 24 Hours of Le Mans Day 1

The 1000-kilometer race at Silverstone (Great Britain) on September 12 marks the beginning of a new era for Audi and the sports car scene: for the first time since 1992, there will be a worldwide racing series for Le Mans prototypes again. Audi Sport Team Joest will contest the series with two R15 TDI cars. Continue reading ‘Audi Motorsport heads into a new era with its R15 TDI’

Audi reveals new progressive design for the Audi R15 plus TDI

Audi R15 plus TDI livery

With just under week until the Audi R15 plus debuts in its first race of the season, Audi reveals the new livery design. We saw some pretty good hints in the video from Monza. Read on for more detail and gallery. Continue reading ‘Audi reveals new progressive design for the Audi R15 plus TDI’

Video: Audi R15 plus testing at Monza

Here are a few clips of the Audi R15 plus testing at Monza in preparation for the upcoming season, using the pre-1973 track section configuration, no first chicane, straight into the “Curva Grande”.


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BREAKING: Audi R15 plus crashes at Sebring’s Turn 17

Audi R15 plus crashes at Sebring's Turn 17

Word got out that Mike Rockenfeller wiped the only Audi R15 plus during their testing yesterday at Sebring. After doing some high-speed testing on the ovals, Audi headed to Sebring to gain some much needed “Le Mans” data. Since Peugeot would not let Audi race with an interim model in fear of losing to it, Audi pulled in with 4 rigs and one R15 plus. (continue reading…)

Did Mike Rockenfeller crash the Audi R15 plus at Sebring today?

Rumor has it that Mike “Rocky” Rockenfeller took out the only Audi R15 plus that Audi brought over from Ingolstadt. No pictures have surfaced and only one French site is reporting this. Yes, French! Supposedly, Audi had four 18 wheelers there and to bring one car over sounds a bit out of character.

Currently in Sebring for testing in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi saw its meeting disrupted the first day. Mike Rockenfeller, while driving the “R15 plus” hit the wall at the Turn 17 named Sunset Bend, the last before the pit straight. An incident that could have extremely damaging consequences for the Ingolstadt-based firm that has taken only one copy of its 2010 car in Florida. The question is whether or not the car is repairable… Certainly a major setback for Wolfgang Ullrich and his men. |

Audi R15 TDI caught testing at Sebring

Photo: © 2010 Rob Murray

Photographer Rob Murray was down at the Sebring test days last weekend and snapped these great pics of the Audi R15 TDI and Audi R8 LMS. Word has it this was the new R15 “plus” but we do not believe it was. We’ve matched up our old shots and these. Not much difference, if anything its under the hood!

Head over to his gallery for more shots!

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