Skip to main content

One-two victory for Audi customer teams at Daytona
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By: Audi

One-two victory for Audi customer teams at Daytona  - Alex Job Racing achieves GT class win

- APR Motorsport completes one-two success of the Audi R8 GRAND-AM

- All three race teams in contention for victory till the end

At the Daytona 24 Hours, the Audi R8 GRAND-AM has made its best showing to date: Filipe Albuquerque/Oliver Jarvis/Edoardo Mortara/Dion von Moltke won the GT category in a dramatic finale. The runners-up trailing the winners by 1.4 seconds were Ian Baas/Marc Basseng/René Rast/Frank Stippler. Despite 65 percent of each lap having been driven at full throttle the R8 GRAND-AM that is powered by a production-derived 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine was running flawlessly on the notorious oval track for a whole day and night. With the class victory at Daytona Audi, under factory commitments or in cooperation with its customers, has now won the world's most important 24-hour races.

The latest evolution of the Audi R8 GRAND-AM experienced a successful baptism of fire in the toughest GRAND-AM race of the year. All four of the updated customer sport race cars for the United States were running with technical perfection all the way up to the finish of the 24-hour race. Each of the three race teams had the lead at least once and a chance of clinching victory until the very end. 'We achieved this dream result at what was only our second attempt at Daytona,' enthused Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. 'With that, the R8 GRAND-AM in the United States is continuing the string of successes of its GT3 sister model that has clinched a total of five overall victories at European 24-hour races in the past two years.'

One-two victory for Audi customer teams at Daytona  

Alex Job Racing in the end was the best Audi team. Right in the first quarter of the race the squad provided the first Audi driver – Edoardo Mortara (F/I) – to take the lead in the GT class. Afterward, Dion von Moltke (USA), Filipe Albuquerque (P) and Oliver Jarvis (GB) in the white R8 GRAND-AM set the pace as well. But spins and time penalties then caused car number '24' to drop back several times. Particularly controversial was a 30-second penalty that was imposed after Edoardo Mortara had spun and a competitor was allegedly obstructed in the incident. Factually, though, Mortara had lost a position due to his excursion. Filipe Albuquerque stood up to the pressure exerted by his brand colleagues in the dramatic final phase. For him, as for Mortara and Jarvis, this meant victory on debuting at Daytona.

An impressive performance was delivered by the runner-up team as well. Thanks to their superb fighting spirit Team APR Motorsport with its drivers Ian Baas/Marc Basseng/René Rast/Frank Stippler (USA/D/D/D) kept making up ground – on Sunday morning, car number '52' had still been far behind. Despite a drive-through penalty in the first quarter of the race René Rast took the lead from his brand colleague Filipe Albuquerque in the eighth hour. Shortly before midnight, Marc Basseng was running in front when he received a time penalty due to incorrect overtaking during the safety car period. Later, Ian Baas was hit by a Daytona prototype. So the black-white-red R8 was short of three laps when the sun rose. With a clever pit stop strategy, though, the team recovered the laps it had lost within just a few hours. René Rast managed a dramatic recovery, as the German was battling for victory trailing the leader by merely a meter throughout the last hour of the race. Rast and his team had to admit defeat by a very narrow margin.

In the initial phase, Rum Bum Racing was the quickest team within the Audi Sport customer racing squad. Frank Biela/Christopher Haase/Matt Plumb/Markus Winkelhock (D/D/USA/D) in car number '13' lost ground for the first time at the race's mid-point due to a stop-and-go penalty. On Sunday morning, Markus Winkelhock took the lead in the GT class. Due to a wrong overtaking maneuver in a caution period the German lost two laps after receiving a time penalty. The team battled and recaptured the lap of the leader up to the final phase. The checkered flag and second place were almost in Winkelhock's sight when the team's bold strategy failed to pay off: on the last lap of the race his car ended up coasting due to a lack of fuel.

The grid of the GT class included a fourth Audi R8 GRAND-AM. Matt Bell/David Empringham/John Farano/Alex Figge/David Lacey (USA/CDN/CDN/USA/CDN) took 12th place for APR Motorsport.

Audi's first 24-hour victory in the United States completes an impressive track record. After eleven victories at Le Mans plus the successes of the R8 LMS at Spa, Zolder and the Nürburgring, Audi – thanks to its customer teams at Daytona – has decided another classic 24-hour race in its favor.

Race results (GT class)

1 Albuquerque/Jarvis/von Moltke/Mortara (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 678 laps

2 Baas/Basseng/Rast/Stippler (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) + 1.476s

3 Assentato/Lazzaro/Longhi/Stanton/Wilkins (Ferrari) + 15.533s

4 Balzan/Beretta/Frezza/Pier Guidi (Ferrari) + 47.175s

5 Armindo/Lally/Lietz/Potter (Porsche) + 49.526s

6 Bleekemolen/Faulkner/Holzer/MacNeil (Porsche) + 1m 07.775s

7 Biela/Haase/Plumb/Winkelhock (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) – 1 lap

8 Aguas/Bowyer/Kauffman/Waltrip (Ferrari) – 1 lap

9 Brown/Hedlund/van Overbeek/Sharp (Ferrari) – 5 laps

10 Baldwin/Burtin/Farnbacher/Ragginger/Renauer (Porsche) – 6 laps

12 Bell/Empringham/Farano/Figge/Lacey (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) – 11 laps

Photo credit: Audi

   Recent Articles
INTERNATIONAL STARS AS GUEST STARTERS IN AUDI SPORT TT CUP

Rallycross stars Foust and Heikkinen to battle at Hockenheim
◾Former ski jumper Hannawald looks forward to guest start
◾Strong partners support premiere Audi Sport TT Cup season

Ingolstadt, April 23, 2015 – For the opening of the Audi Sport TT Cup at Hockenheim on the first May weekend, two rallycross stars will battle for bragging rights: Guest starters Tanner Foust (USA) and Toomas Heikkinen (FIN) pit themselves against the permanent competitors. Ski jump Olympic gold medalist and ....
NISSAN PLAYSTATION GT ACADEMY READY FOR FIFTH SEASON

Sony Computer Entertainment America and Polyphony Digital Inc. partner with Nissan to give virtual racers a shot to earn a dream job driving real racing cars on track
◾Top 20 gamers go head-to-head; fastest six will advance to Silverstone competition
◾U.S. winner advances to International Race Camp for shot at a dream job racing for Nissan placement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ladies and Gentlemen, start your PlayStation®3 consoles! About to begin its fifth season in the U.S., GT Academy boas....
SEVEN AUDI R8 LMS ULTRA CARS ON ADAC GT MASTERS GRID

◾Audi brand has largest number of cars in field of 25
◾C. Abt Racing competes with Kelvin van der Linde as title defender
◾Live coverage of all races on SPORT1

Ingolstadt, April 21, 2015 – With a field made up of eight automotive brands, the ADAC GT Masters is one of the world's strongest national GT3 championships. This weekend, the new season of the high-caliber GT racing series will open at Oschersleben. Four customer teams will be putting a total of seven Audi R8 LMS ultra cars o....
DAVISON NETS TOP FIVE FINISH, HEITKOTTER 20TH AFTER CONTACT PENALTY AT LONG BEACH PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The tight, 1.97-mile, 11-turn Long Beach street course is known for tight racing and its fair share of car-to-car contact, and the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge round five was no exception. This year's 50-minute sprint through the city featured more time under caution than green flag racing.

James Davison made a brilliant pass on the first of six full course cautions, moving from 15th spot up to sixth to earn the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race award. The Au....
BENTLEY DEFINES FUTURE OF LUXURY AND PERFORMANCE AT AUTO SHANGHAI

•EXP 10 Speed 6 concept is a vision of Bentley design and performance
•Updated style, luxury and performance across Bentley range
•Bentley's racing success continues with 2015 GT Asia Series
•Bentley leads automotive luxury in China

(Crewe / Shanghai, 20th April 2015) Bentley's EXP 10 Speed 6 makes its debut today in China at 2015 Auto Shanghai. The concept shows the future direction of luxury and performance using the finest materials and advanced hybrid technology.

EXP 10 Spe....
SVEN HANNAWALD IMPRESSED BY AUDI SPORT TT CUP

◾Former ski jumper tests racecar for Audi one-make cup
◾Wild card start in Audi Sport TT Cup premiere at Hockenheimring

Ingolstadt/Neuburg an der Donau, April 17, 2015 – Sven Hannawald looks forward to his next motorsport adventure. The former world-class ski jumper completed a test prior to racing in the Audi Sport TT Cup at the Audi test track in Neuburg. The 40-year old joins the grid as wild card starter when the Audi one-make cup makes its premiere at the Hockenheimring on the fi....
AUDI BEFORE THRILLING 2015 DTM SEASON

◾Last pre-season test completed
◾Final check of the Audi RS 5 DTM cars at Audi Sport in Neubur
◾Dieter Gass: 'Fans can look forward to Hockenheim'

Ingolstadt/Oschersleben, April 16, 2015 – Following the final tests before the DTM season opener at Hockenheim (May 2/3), the situation, pre-season, continues to be packed with suspense. While Audi most recently set the pace in the tests at Estoril, Oschersleben presented a different picture: the fastest times went to its rivals.

'Thi....
2016 Audi R8 V10
2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  
2016 Audi R8 V10 plus
2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  
2016 Lexus GS F
2016 Lexus GS F  2016 Lexus GS F  2016 Lexus GS F  2016 Lexus GS F  2016 Lexus GS F  
2015 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf
2015 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf  2015 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf  2015 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf  2015 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf  
2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S  2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S  2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S  2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S  2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S  
2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept
2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  
2015 Audi R8 Competition
2015 Audi R8 Competition  2015 Audi R8 Competition  2015 Audi R8 Competition  2015 Audi R8 Competition  2015 Audi R8 Competition  
2015 Audi R8 LMS
2015 Audi R8 LMS  2015 Audi R8 LMS  
2015 Audi RS5 Sport Edition
2015 Audi RS5 Sport Edition  2015 Audi RS5 Sport Edition  2015 Audi RS5 Sport Edition  2015 Audi RS5 Sport Edition  2015 Audi RS5 Sport Edition  
2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet
2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet  2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet  2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet  2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet  2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet