Successful weekend for Audi customer teams

• Audi R8 LMS ultra celebrates victory in Belgium• Double podium in the Blancpain Sprint Series• Chris Reinke about the preparation for the remaining WEC races

Successful weekend for the Audi customer teams: The Audi R8 LMS ultra celebrated a victory in Belgium and podium places in the Blancpain Sprint Series, the GT Open and the French GT Championship.

Double podium in the Blancpain Sprint Series

Podium success in round five of the Blancpain Sprint Series (BSS) at Portimão (Portugal): In the main race on Sunday, César Ramos and Laurens Vanthoor in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT finished second overall after starting from the second row of the grid. Previously, in Saturday’s qualification race, the WRT drivers Enzo Ide and René Rast had taken third place ahead of Ramos and Vanthoor. With two victories in the Pro-AM Trophy, Marc Basseng and Alessandro Latif from Team Phoenix Racing further extended their Trophy lead. In the Silver Cup, the Audi drivers Mateusz Lisowski and Vincent Abril clinched victory in the qualification race and defended their Cup lead. Victory in Belgium

Anthony Kumpen, Bert Longin and Frank Beliën in an Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team PK Carsport clinched a victory in round five of the Belgian Racing Car Championship (BRCC) at Spa-Francorchamps. In the three-hour race the Belgian trio crossed the finish line with an advantage of 1m 16s. Celebrating success as well were the Swedes Jan Brunstedt, Mikael Bender and Magnus Dybeck: In an Audi R8 LMS of JB Motorsport they finished in fourth place overall and took victory in the GTP category. Second place in GT Open

Podium success for Team Novadriver in GT Open: On the sixth race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, César Campaniço and Aditya Patel in the Audi R8 LMS ultra finished the second race as the runners-up in the GTS class after having started from the third row of the grid. In the first heat, the Portuguese-Indian duo had lost a lot of ground due to a collision. Podium success in France

A podium place was clinched by Henry Hassid and Mike Parisy in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team Sébastien Loeb Racing on the fifth race weekend of the French GT Championship at Magny-Cours. In the first race the duo, with a gap of 0.77 seconds to the runners-up, took third place. After five of seven race weekends, Parisy and Hassid, with an eight-point gap, are in second place of the championship ahead of their brand colleagues Grégory Guilvert and David Hallyday (Saintéloc Racing). Mike Rockenfeller at IFA Consumer Electronics Fair

Mike Rockenfeller visited IFA in Berlin on Saturday and Sunday. At the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, the Audi driver and reigning DTM Champion at the stage talk of the ARD stand talked about his chances in the remaining three races of the season, fulfilled a large number of autograph wishes and was available for picture-taking alongside the Audi RS 5 DTM. Audi quattro Cup with Mike Rockenfeller

DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller visited the Audi quattro Cup. At the German finale of the golf tournament at the Faldo Course Berlin, the Audi driver practiced a few shots and assisted Alexander Schuhmacher, Director of Sales Region East, in the awards ceremony and presentation of the prizes. Audi, for the first time, offered sailing with the pros from Audi Sailing Team Germany as a hospitality program. “That was a successful, well-rounded and varied event under the Audi banner,” said Mike Rockenfeller, expressing his pleasure about his visit.A word from ... Chris Reinke

Following Audi’s 13th victory at Le Mans, the prerequisites have slightly changed. The FIA and the WEC have adjusted the rating of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro after Le Mans. What does this mean for Audi?Following a very thrilling edition of the 24-hour race, in which all three LMP1 manufacturers were leading, it was to be expected that there would be no major shifts in the rating. The FIA and ACO thoroughly examined the results of the data gathered at Le Mans and made minor adjustments to the rating of our race cars. Starting at Austin, our fuel flow rate will be increased by a little less than one percent while the available amount of diesel energy per lap has been reduced by 0.29 percent. We’re not expecting any miracles of this minimal modification but the prerequisite for a thrilling WEC up to the end of the season.At the inaugural event last year, the drivers enthusiastically responded to the circuit at Austin. The track has more than 20 corners with highly different forms and radii. Will Audi be able to continue its Le Mans success there?There are several tight turns in which the hybrid race cars with higher amounts of energy might have an advantage. But we’re going to compete with an operation-optimized system in Texas because we, too, want to be in contention for victory. At the same time, we’re returning to the aerodynamics variant with higher downforce. So, our aim is to continue the Le Mans success.How do you assess the situation in the standings with five more rounds to go?We’re going to leave no stone unturned to defend our titles in the third consecutive year. In the manufacturer’s standings, we’re trailing the leader, Toyota, with a gap of just a single point. Theoretically, this difference can even be made up for in qualifying because one point is awarded for the best time. In the drivers’ classification, our Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer are short 20 points of the top spot. But up to 130 more points are yet to be awarded in the five remaining rounds. Is the most challenging phase of the year now coming up for the logisticians of your squad?Of course the overseas races require a special effort in advance. Garage equipment, tools and material have been on their way in sea containers since July while our race cars will be sent to the USA by air freight next week. Afterwards, three races in Asia and, ultimately, the finale in South American will follow. Our team is very adept and impeccably mastered the task in the previous years. So, while logistics remain a challenge, we’ve long gotten used to it. Coming up next week

13/09 Nürburgring (D), round 8, Endurance Championship13/09 Salt Lake City (USA), round 9, Pirelli World Challenge14/09 Lausitzring (D), round 8, DTM14/09 Vallelunga (I), round 5, Italian GT Championship14/09 Le Castellet (F), round 4, ELMS14/09 Sandown (AUS), round 5, Australian GT Championship14/09 Donington (GB), round 7, British GT Championship14/09 Sepang (MAL), round 5, GT Asia14/09 Falkenberg (S), Falkenberg Classic

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