The Audi Sport customer racing teams again scored successes in international GT racing. At the same time, the first appearance of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup at the Nürburgring met with great interest.
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Victories in Australian GT racing: Tony Bates and Geoff Emery shared the victories on the third race weekend of the Australian GT Championship at Sandown. Bates won race two in the Audi R8 LMS. Emery decided race three in his favor and took second place in race one. In the Trophy classification, Nick Kelly prevailed in both of the first two races, and Rio Nugara in race three. Both campaigners relied on an Audi R8 LMS ultra.
Two victories in China: In the China GT opener, the Audi customer teams proved unbeatable. Round one at Zhuhai was won by Xu Jia/Alessio Picariello in an Audi R8 LMS, third place went to Cai Huibang/David Chen. In race two, Wang Liang/Will Bamber and Cai Huibang/David Chen celebrated a one-two result for Audi.
Podium in Asia: In the second event of the Blancpain GT Series Asia, Martin Rump/Franky Cheng achieved a podium result. The driver duo in the Audi R8 LMS of Absolute Racing clinched third place in race one on the track at Buriram in Thailand. The Estonian and the Chinese are now sharing fourth place in the drivers’ standings.
New owner: The Audi R8 LMS with which Audi Sport Team Land won the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2017 has a new owner. The Montaplast company acquired the race winner from Audi Sport customer racing. CEO Christian Stulz took over the GT3 sports car in its original condition at the Nürburgring on May 12 in the presence of Michael-Julius Renz, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.