|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.' 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|
|ANTON MARKLUND SWITCHES TO EKS FOR 2015Sweden's Anton Marklund will join EKS to drive an Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro in this year's FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. The 22-year-old, who drove full-time for Volkswagen Marklund Motorsport in last year's World RX, will switch to EKS under two-time DTM Champion, Mattias Ekstrom.|
Alongside his rallycross commitments, Marklund will also compete in the brand new Audi Sport TT Cup: a new-for-2015 one make category which will run at six DTM rounds.
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