|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|
| 2013 GT ACADEMY WINNER MCMILLEN SOLID IN BLANCPAIN SERIES DEBUT AT MONZAOregonian has GT-R as high as second in class, takes fifth in pro series debut|
MONZA, Italy – Since his GT Academy win last September, Nick McMillen has spent a lot of time on the track. His all-GT Academy team finished second in class in a 370Z NISMO at the Dubai 24 hours, and he's raced numerous times in GT4 in Europe. But his inaugural Blancpain Endurance Series race in a GT3 Nissan GT-R in the three-hour sprint at Monza last weekend felt different.
'This is the big league....
|McLAREN GT CUSTOMER TEAM ART GRAND PRIX TAKES DOUBLE PODIUM IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIESThe 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series got underway this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy, with McLaren GT present for the third consecutive year. Customer teams ART Grand Prix and Boutsen-Ginion Racing both fielded a two car line-up with the 12C GT3, and showed early pace during the weekend when McLaren GT factory driver Alvaro Parente claimed pole position for ART Grand Prix. Despite the hard-fought race with a grid of 38 cars, the 12C GT3 completed a lights-to-flag victory, and....|
| AUDI BEGINS NEW ERA AS WORLD CHAMPIONS◾FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with new regulations|
◾Two strong challengers for Audi in the LMP1 category
◾Audi builds its lightest and most efficient sports prototype ever
Ingolstadt, April 14, 2014 – This is a change of historic proportions: The new regulations of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) force the automobile manufacturers to use significantly less fuel than last year. The new rules will come into effect at the Silverstone (GB) season opener on April 20. ....
| AUDI DRIVER TAMBAY TO FEATURE PLAYBOY IN THE DTM23-year-old Frenchman sporting the colors of the men's magazine|
• Spectacular graphics for Edoardo Mortara's Audi RS 5 DTM
• Final tests as 'rehearsal' for season opener at Hockenheim
Ingolstadt, April 14, 2014 – In the last official DTM tests before the season starts, Audi is presenting the liveries of its Audi RS 5 DTM cars that had not been revealed yet. On Adrien Tambay's race car, the famous black Playboy graphics are returning to the DTM.
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| PORSCHE 911 GT3 R WINS FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RACE AT LONG BEACHLong Beach, Calif. The Porsche 911 GT3 R has won its class in the car's second try racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas) raced the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R to the GT Amateur (GT-A) class victory in today's 60-minute Roar by the Shore sports car race on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. Mills' teammate, Tim Bergmeister (Germany) finished eighth overall in the GT class driving the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.|
While the Porsche 91....
| M-SPORT BENTLEY MAKES STRONG START TO 2014 CAMPAIGN• 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series underway after opening round|
• Continental GT3s finish a hard-fought 7th and 8th at Monza
• Great foundation to build on over the season
(Monza, 13th April 2014) Team M-Sport Bentley open their 2014 racing account with a strong performance at the first race of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy. After three hours of racing in sunny and warm conditions at the famous circuit, the two Continental GT3s finished line astern in 7th and 8th posi....
| AUDI DRIVERS VISIT WATCH PARTNER ORIS• Guests at head office of Audi Sport's new 'Official Watch Partner'|
• A glimpse behind the scenes and autograph session for Oris employees
• Mike Rockenfeller: 'Impressed by precision and high quality'
Ingolstadt, April 11, 2014 – Audi race drivers as watchmakers: For a day, Marcel Fassler, Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller delved into the world of Oris. The company based in Hölstein (Switzerland) will become the new 'Official Watch Partner' of Audi Sport at the beginning of t....