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Yes, this is not a shot of a VW, Audi, Porsche etc., however it is the incredible Morgan Aero Super Sport. We love the Morgan! So we gave it some props here on oneighturbo.com. It such a beautiful car/racecar yet at the same time looking inept on the track. So in saying that, the Morgan Aero Super Sport claimed pole twice in Round 1 and 2 qualifying.
Now for the Audi R8 GT3′s, we saw them claim Row 2 in the first qualifying session but way off pace in the second session. We have two shots of them on the next page.
Dimitri Enjalbert gave AutoGT Racing and Morgan their first FIA GT3 European Championship pole position and then Maxime Martin followed this up in the second qualifying session claiming pole position for race 2.
Round 1 Qualifying
Thomas Accary will line up alongside Enjabert on the front row for this afternoons race in Hexis Racing AMR Aston Martin DBRS9, finishing the 20-minute session 0.306 seconds behind the AutoGT Racing Morgan Aero Super Sport. Row two is all Audi with Nicolas Armindo in Team Rosberg Audi R8 LMS two tenths quicker than the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 of Christopher Mies. Heading row three is the first of the Fischer Racing Ford GTs, driven by Christoffer Nygaard with the second Morgan of Gael Lesoudier in 6th.
Considering that both drivers of the Phoenix Audi, Jean-François Hemroulle and Tim Verbergt have been classed as “Gold”, they automatically inherited an extra 50 kilos of ballast. Now I’m not familiar with this “Gold” definition but I guess they are “better” than the others? If anyone out there knows, please drop a comment.
The Belgian Race Kick Off was the season’s opener for the Belgian GT Championship Mediagroep Van Dyck and for pole holder Jeffrey Van Hooydonk the season couldn’t have started off in a worse way. Our former F3000-driver, due to a problem in the right hand front wheel hub, was unable to exit the pit box in time, resulting in the KRK Dodge finally taking to the track a few laps down. The other KRK Viper appeared to be going well, but a ten seconds stop & go put an end to any ambitions they might have held. The reason for this penalty was a late tyre change on the starting grid.
The new Audi R8 GT3 / LMS has dropped on to the racing scene with a bang. It hasn’t been like the Audi R15 TDI’s start at the 12 Hours of Sebring but these R8′s are completely brand new, damn good looking and damn popular. In stock form the R8 always spoke racecar to us. You could just see it in the lines. We’ve brought you all the news on the ADAC GT Masters Audi R8 LMS cars, the VLN car and now the new entry from Phoenix Racing / Belgian Audi VW Club. Jean-François Hemroulle and Tim Verbergt, will be at the wheel of the Audi R8 GT3 this weekend. Qualifying results will be posted for tomorrow racing.
Belgian Race Kick Off : no less than eight models entered
Are you ready? Then we’ll get going. This coming Sunday, during the Belgian Race Kick Off at Circuit Zolder, the Belgian GT Championship Mediagroep Van Dyck takes off.
The Audi R8 GT3 has now tasted podium! Marc Basseng, Frank Stippler and Christian Abt split the winning Mamero Racing Porsche and the Manthey Racing Porsche, which won the season opener.
Volkswagen, however had a bit of bad luck. The Scirocco GT24-CNG drivern by John Barker, Peter Terting and Vanina Ickx, which looked to have the class won, was sidlined with defective in the electronic drive.
The sister (petrol) car driven by rally champion Carlos Sainz, Florian Gruber and Martin Karl Hofer worked their way up to first from 19th only to be sidelined by a broken driveshaft.
- New LMP1 sports car for the Le Mans 24 Hours
- Development of the Audi A4 for the DTM
- Customer sport programme with the Audi R8 LMS
In future, the AUDI AG motorsport programme will be based on three pillars: During the 2009 season, the brand with the four rings will compete once again in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the DTM. Additionally, with the new Audi R8 LMS, Audi Sport offers for the first time a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use.
“We know just how important motorsport is for the success of the brand,” emphasises Michael Dick, who as Chairman of the Board for Technical Development is responsible for the AUDI AG motorsport programme. “Therefore it goes without saying that Audi must also be present on the race track in economically hard times. It is all the more important for us to enter a motorsport category in which the cost-benefit calculation is positive.”
Audi therefore continues to support sport prototypes and the DTM. With the Audi R8 LMS, Audi also offers customer teams a racing car incorporating high-quality technology and the typical Audi traits but which is, however, also easy to operate.
New diesel sports car for Le Mans
Audi aims to demonstrate “Vorsprung durch Technik” specifically in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Audi is just one victory behind Ferrari in the French endurance classic’s all time winners’ list following its eighth victory last June. Only Porsche has more wins at Le Mans.
Audi targets the ninth victory in probably the world’s toughest car race, in which the development of alternative and fuel-saving power concepts are the focus of attention, in June 2009 with a newly developed LMP1 sports car. The Audi R15 TDI differs significantly from its predecessor, the R10 TDI, at first glance and features many technically innovative details with which Audi aims to maintain its supremacy in Le Mans.
The new Le Mans prototype is equipped with a smaller, lighter and even more efficient TDI engine. During the chassis and aerodynamic development Audi Sport engineers followed similar routes to those exhibited on the current Audi A4 DTM.
“It was clear to us that we must develop a new car if we wanted to continue to be successful in Le Mans,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “The Audi R15 TDI is the result. The step from R10 to R15 is significantly larger than it was from the R8 to the R10.”
Only the basic concept was carried over from the predecessor model: The R15 TDI is also powered by a TDI engine and is an open-topped roadster. Audi does not wish to release any further details at this time.
The first private tests with the new Le Mans sports car are scheduled for later this year. The R15 TDI will only be presented to the public immediately before its race debut in the 12-hour race in Sebring (USA) on 21 March 2009.
Audi Sport Team Joest will field three new R15 TDI prototypes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Development of the 2008 championship winning DTM car
Audi competes in the DTM as defending champions with a development of the 2008 championship winning car and with an ambitious target: Audi aims to be the first automobile manufacturer in the history of the “new” DTM to win the title three times in succession.
The DTM version of the new A4, which set the standards during the 2008 season with eight pole positions and six victories, is optimised in every area and carries the project name “R14 plus” internally.
Four new A4 cars and up to five 2008 cars will be fielded by the proven teams Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg. Audi also relies on known quantities for its driver squad: Every driver will be recruited from the driver line-up seen in action during the 2008 season in the DTM and R10 TDI.
GT3 race version of the Audi R8
With the GT3 race version of the R8, Audi has specifically developed a racing sports car for customer use for the first time. The Audi R8 LMS is powered by a 500 hp plus V10 engine and is available from autumn 2009 for a proposed price of 262,000 Euro plus VAT.
The new Audi R8 LMS will be seen in action on the race track during the 2009 season: Up to eight customer cars will compete in different European race series and in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, for which Audi Sport develops an endurance version of the R8 LMS. The factory itself does not plan to enter any races with the new GT3 car.
The experienced drivers Christian Abt, Frank Biela and Frank Stippler are involved in the Audi R8 LMS development.
Audi adds another pillar to its existing motorsport programme with the customer programme, which should be self-financing in the medium term. The new customer sport centre in Ingolstadt is conceived as a profit centre.
Motorsport represents huge value for Audi
“2008 was the largest and most successful motorsport programme in AUDI AG history,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “We want to continue this in 2009. In view of the international economic and financial crisis, it is clear that motorsport must also make a contribution to reduce costs further. It is all the more pleasing that we have found a way to continue our two large projects, the new Le Mans sports car and the DTM, and added another string to our bow with the GT3 customer sport programme. This demonstrates just how valuable motorsport is for Audi.”
Audi at the Essen Motor Show
- World premiere of the motorsport version of the Audi R8
- Presentation of the motorsport program for the 2009 season
- Attractive vehicles in the current Audi model portfolio
Audi is set to present a world premiere at the Essen Motor Show from November 28 to December 7: the brand with the four rings will be unveiling a race version of the Audi R8 with over 500 horsepower. During the press conference on November 28, Audi will also be presenting its plans for the 2009 motorsport season. This year’s winning Le Mans car and Timo Scheider’s victorious DTM car will be lining up in Essen alongside numerous attractive production models. Continue reading ‘Race version of the Audi R8 in the limelight’
Ok. We don’t like to swear on this site but sometimes it requires some… HOLY M***** F***** !!!! In the back of everyone’s mind we are sure there was this vision, hope, dream that an Audi R8 would be made into a race version! We here it is!!! BAM! Will we see this put into a DTM version. It is RWD.
For the first time, Audi Sport will offer a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use in the form of the powerful 500 hp plus GT3 version of the Audi R8 which will be available from autumn 2009. The logistics and factory space required for the AUDI AG customer programme will be created over the next few months in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm and Györ. Continue reading ‘Audi develops race version of the R8′