Audi customer teams celebrate two class titles

Rod Salmon wins Trophy title in AustraliaFranck Thybaud is GTV2 Champion in the V de VLucas di Grassi masters triathlon in the desert

Victorious race weekend for the Audi customer teams: clinches overall victory in its class in Australia, AB SPORT AUTO performs same feat in the V de V Endurance Series.

Audi celebrates class title in Australia

Audi privateer driver Rod Salmon clinched the Trophy class title at the Australian GT Championship season finale. The Australian shared an R8 LMS with fellow countryman Nathan Antunes as the Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand hosted the championship. The duo took seventh place in the first race as their stable mates John Magro/Ockert took the class win. In the second race, a fifth place was enough to secure the title victory. Their advantage over the Trophy class field of 27 participants was 15 points at the end. Second place in the Trophy classification went to Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow. In New Zealand, they claimed a pair of seconds and, like their rivals, also relied on the Melbourne Performance Centre to prepare their Audi R8 LMS.Thybaud V de V class Champion

Excellent victory for Franck Thybaud in the V de V Endurance Series: the Frenchman took the GTV2 class title honors at the season finale in Estoril, Portugal. At the concluding 6-hour race, the two-time winner this season finished fourth in class together with his countrymen Thierry Proust and Michel Wegelin at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS fielded by customer team AB SPORT AUTO.Salmon/Antunes finish second

In the ‘Highlands 101’ invitation race around the Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand, Rod Salmon and Nathan Antunes secured a podium finish. In their Audi R8 LMS ultra, the two Australians finished the non-championship 3-hour race in second place and were the best placed of the six competing Audi teams.Lucas di Grassi warms up in the desert

Audi driver Lucas di Grassi literally did a warm-up practice for the WEC round in the desert of Bahrain next weekend. The Brazilian stopped in the United Arab Emirates and contested the Dubai International Triathlon on Friday. In the Half Ironman event, the 30-year-old racer covered a 1.9-kilometer swimming distance, ran 21.1 kilometers and rode a bicyle for 90 kilometers. He needed 5:37 hours for the marathon, drank about seven liters of liquid, lost 2.7 kilos of weight and burned 4,836 kilocalories.DTM family meets in the Allgäu

Reunion after the season: At the traditional golf tournament hosted by ABT Sportsline, the DTM umbrella organization ITR and other partners, many members of the DTM family met up as well. In addition to the two Audi drivers Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller, participants in the tournament included the team directors Hans-Jürgen Abt and Ernst Moser, the two ARD TV commentators Claus Lufen and Norbert Haug, as well as ITR Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. A tombola that took place after the 18 holes raised more than 40,000 euros for charitiesDriver training with Marc and Jordi Gené

48 Spanish journalists perfected their driving skills at the wheel of various Audi RS high-performance cars on the race track. Their prominent instructors on the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya were the two race drivers Marc and Jordi Gené. 2009 Le Mans winner Marc Gené finished the iconic 24-hour race with Audi as the runner-up in June. His older brother Jordi won the Supertouring Car Championship in the Audi A4 quattro in his native Spain in 1996.A word from … Edoardo Mortara

Victory in the Formula 3 races in 2009 and 2010 and in the GT Cup from 2011 to 2013. Next weekend, in the Macau Grand Prix, you could be clinching your sixth consecutive win. Who are the major rivals?There are quite a few. In the GT Cup, two current DTM drivers – Marco Wittmann and Augusto Farfus – and two former ones – Maro Engel and Renger van der Zande – will be competing. They can be rated as strong competitors, just like Laurens Vanthoor, who in the squad of the Audi race experience is my team-mate this year. He won the Blancpain Endurance Series and the GT Series in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. But maybe there’ll be some surprises. After all, drivers in cars from eleven different manufacturers will be competing now. It’s difficult to assess the strength in advance.

Is running alongside a strong team-mate more of a curse or a blessing?It’s not the first time that Laurens and I compete for the same team. We jointly contested the 2010 season of the Formula 3 Euro Series for the Volkswagen Signature team. So we know each other well from those days. Having a strong team-mate is positive. Laurens is very talented and has made an enormous leap in his career in the past two or three years. I think he’s going to be my fiercest competitor in Macau.Can you continue to perfect your approach to the race in Macau after so many successful years?I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about this difficult track in recent years. I know what works and what doesn’t. Obviously, I’ve got an advantage over rookies. But you’ll never achieve 100 percent. I’m working on getting as close to perfection as possible. For instance, I watch videos of Macau races in order to visualize the track over and over. Do you have a specific strategy in mind for setting up your car for Macau?No. Macau is so diverse that it’s not possible to set up the car in a specific direction, be it in terms of top speed or maximum downforce. Essentially, you’ve got to be prepared for everything. Coming up next week

10/11 Timo Scheider turns 36 years of age15/11 Bahrain (BRN), WEC, round 716/11 Motegi (J), Super GT, round 816/11 Macau (CN), GT Asia, round 716/11 Vallelunga (I), 6 hours of Rome

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