It was a strong showing for the Audi R8 LMS in its debut race in the ILMC series. Darrel O’Young brought the no98 Audi Sport C Racing R8 LMS across the line to win the 6 Hours of Zhuhai. The win did not come easy with Team AMG Mercedes SLS GT3 leading the first two hours and then everything changed.
As we watched, the Mercedes came to pit lane for what seemed to be a normal pitstop but then was wheeled into the garage where it stayed and eventually retired after 73 laps.
From that point on the no98 Audi Sport C Racing R8 LMS had a three lap led over the no97 Audi Race Experience R8 LMS.
The no94 Hitotsuyama Racing Audi R8 LMS retired in the final hour after 169 laps complete.
Along with teammates Edoardo Mortara and Alexandre Imperatori, this win marks a great future for the R8 LMS in the 2012 WEC.