We are very excited to see another Audi R8 Grand Am entry. If you recall, Oryx Racing ran a B09/86 LMP Coupe in the American Le Mans Series. For 2012 they have switched gears and joined the Audi Customer Racing program. Along with APR Motorsports, these will be the first racing Audi R8 to hit the U.S. The livery looks outstanding and we can’t wait to bring you more this weekend!
Oryx Racing, the Abu Dhabi based international race team, will continue to compete in the USA in 2012. “Sports car racing in America is very competitive and professional so it offers us a challenging environment in which to develop as a team and as drivers.” said Humaid al Masaood Team Principal and Number 1 driver.
For 2012 Oryx will race in the Rolex Grand Am series in an Audi R8 Grand Am as part of the Audi Customer Racing program. The championship consists of 13 races starting with the 50th running of the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“Grand Am is the up and coming sports car series in the USA at the moment, grids are increasing and it has a great TV package with most races covered live on Speed TV delivering huge audiences. We enjoyed racing in ALMS last year but we felt it was time for a new challenge.” explained Commercial Manager, Jonathan Tait.
“The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the worlds most famous endurance races; it is a great honor to be competing in the 50th running of the race.” Humaid said, “I enjoy 24hr races having done the Dubai 24hr several times and the team are good a delivering and maintaining a reliable car. We have not had much time with the car yet but we will take a pragmatic approach to the race and hopefully will still be in it and running well by hour 24″
“The car was only delivered in early January so we have not had much time to run it or work on it yet.” explained Team Manager, Tom Maplethorpe. “Having said that the build quality direct from Audi Customer Racing is exceptionally high, it really was ready to hit the track straight out of the box, it seems like they build their race cars to the same quality assurance standards as their road cars!”
“I cant wait to get stuck into the 24hr in this car”, quipped Steven Kane, number 2 driver, “The Audi R8 has proved itself a great GT car in Europe and it has loads of grip and strong brakes. It would have been good for the team to have more time with it but the 24hr will gives us a lot of data and a good understanding of the car and we expect to be very competitive across the season”