After the double victory at Nogaro, during the opening round of the FIA GT1 World Championship, the Belgian team won the Paul Ricard circuit on his first win of the season Blancpain Endurance Series. Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Stephane Ortelli imposed their Audi R8 LMS ultra under the checkered flag after a superb fight for victory. The trio in the no1 Audi now hold down second place in the championship, with 12 points ahead of their teammates Vanthoor/Sandstrom/Bonanomi, who were forced to retire early in the race. The withdrawal of the no2 Audi R8 LMS ultra was the only negative note of a weekend that promises to bode well for the next Total 24 Hours of Spa.
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AUDI AG has achieved another technological milestone in motorsport. On the 80th running of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, a vehicle with hybrid drive – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro – has triumphed for the first time.
Around 200,000 spectators witnessed a fascinating race with the drama and incidents that are typical for Le Mans plus an impressive demonstration of “Vorsprung durch Technik.” The four Audi R18 cars from Audi Sport Team Joest were the quickest and most reliable vehicles and after 24 hours occupied positions one, two, three and five. Continue reading ‘Audi R18 e-tron quattro wins at Le Mans 24 Hour’
We’ve partnered up with good friends Rusty and Joe Rae from Tertre Rouge Times to bring you this gallery featuring the beautiful Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi R18 ultra and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR’s from the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. Enjoy! Continue reading ‘Gallery: 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans’
No disrespect to Toyota but it was somewhat of a given that Audi would be at the top in most sessions leading up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Wednesday’s qualifying session was quite eventful and we did see the two petrol powered Toyota TS030 Hybrid on pace but it was the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro on provisional pole.
The 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Andre Lotterer, set a time of 3:25.453s late into the first qualifying session last night. This time was slower than his 3:25.163 earlier in the practice session but was .285s faster than last years pole. Lotterer will share the no1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer. Continue reading ‘Provisional pole for Andre Lotterer in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at Le Mans’
Once again the team of Marco Bonanomi and Andrea Sonvico landed on top of the podium in Race 2. The no33 Audi R8 LMS GT3 team also lead the sister R8 LMS of Dindo Capello and Alessandro Cicognani across the line for the second time. A 1:35.899 was two seconds faster than anyone else. That makes three 1-2 finishes for Audi. Continue reading ‘Italian GT: Audi Sport Italia dominates Vallelunga weekend’
Another excellent results for Audi this weekend, this time in the Italian GT. After claiming a 1-2 in qualifying agaijst the Lamborghini’s, Audi Sport Italy went on to score a 1-2 in the season opener in Vallelunga. The team of Marco Bonanomi and Andrea Sonvico would lead the no33 Audi R8 LMS GT3 across the line ahead of Dindo Capello and Andrea Cicognani in the no32. Continue reading ‘Italian GT: Audi Sport Italia goes 1-2 in Race 1′
The 18 Audi drivers who will form the driver squad for the factory supported events in the DTM and sportscar races with the new Audi R18 completed a fitness check combined with team building at the Sonnenalp in Ofterschwang under the watchful eyes of Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and team physician Dr. Christian John. Continue reading ’18 Audi drivers pass fitness check’