Audi business pass tough Eifel test

Posted on 20. May, 2013 by in Audi Canada

For a initial time given a 24-hour Nürburgring entrance of a racing chronicle of a R8 in May 2009, there was no prize for a GT sports car. Four times in succession, a R8 LMS won a GT3 class. In addition, Audi distinguished altogether feat a year ago. Following this factory-backed commitment, patron teams exclusively relied on a many new expansion of a R8 LMS ultra. Five teams put 8 foe cars on a grid. Frank Stippler (D) started a foe weekend for Phoenix Racing by environment a best time in qualifying. From grid position one, final year’s leader in automobile series 4 took a lead during a commencement of a race. Subsequently, a internal favourite from Bad Münstereifel, who was nominated for dual cars, strong on his stints in automobile series 1, a R8 LMS ultra of G-Drive Racing by Phoenix.

Stippler with his team-mates Marcel Fässler, Markus Winkelhock and Mike Rockenfeller, who had directly arrived from Brands Hatch where he won a DTM round, was primarily using among a tip 3 teams. Due to an sell of a oxygen sensor, automobile series 1 forsaken to tenth place on Sunday night. Up to a stop of a foe a group had recovered to fourth place. On Monday, a party shielded a position in a fiercely opposition margin of a front runners as sleet was regularly environment in again. In a end, they finished in fifth place.

Several Audi business got to knowledge a trickiness of a conditions that prevailed after a foe was interrupted. Michael Ammermüller (D) was advantageous when after an outing usually a tie rod on his series 4 Audi had to be exchanged. Consequently, together with Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck (A), he managed a jump onto position eight. One position behind them, Frank Biela/Christer Jöns/Luca Ludwig/Roman Rusinov (D/D/D/RUS) in a second automobile of G-Drive Racing by Phoenix reached a finish.

Almost concurrently with Ammermüller, Laurens Vanthoor (B) had slipped into a ensure rails on an oil leak. The cessation of his series 29 Audi of a Belgian Audi Club Team WRT was too heavily shop-worn for a repair. Around 80 mins later, Christian Mamerow (D) was struck by misfortune. At a ‘Schwedenkreuz’ he got off lane on a sleazy spot. He broken a cessation of his series 2 R8 LMS ultra so that Prosperia C. Abt Team Mamerow retired.

Car series 14 of a Audi foe knowledge gifted a smaller collision as good on lapping a opposition though Pierre Ehret (D) was means to continue to drive. Piloted by other eager business and several veteran drivers, a dual R8 LMS ultra cars of a Audi foe knowledge differently finished their laps in a autocratic demeanour and in a finish took positions 18 and 28.

“I’ve never gifted such a tough eventuality of a 24-hour foe given a R8 started using here,” pronounced Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Still, a business demonstrated a good fighting spirit. Our congratulations currently go to those who finished a foe and of march to a altogether winners of Mercedes-Benz. I’m certain that a business will conflict again during Spa in Jul during a subsequent 24-hour race.”

Romolo Liebchen, Head of Customer Sport during quattro GmbH, commented, “Every fibre comes to an end. Since May 2012, a R8 has won 4 24-hour races – during a Nürburgring, during Spa, during Zolder and a category feat during Daytona in January. That a R8 LMS ultra is a arguable and quick continuation foe automobile we saw nonetheless during a Nürburgring in a extreme foe of some-more than 30 GT3 foe cars. Together with a customers, we’re already looking brazen to a subsequent challenges.”

Race results

1. Edwards/Bleekemolen/Schneider/Thiim (Mercedes), 88 laps
2. Buurman/Göransson/Martin/Piccini (BMW) + 2m 39.7s
3. Bastian/Graf/Jäger/Seyffarth (Mercedes) – 1 lap
4. Arnold/Jäger/Roloff/Seyffarth (Mercedes) – 1 lap
5. Fässler/Rockenfeller/Stippler/Winkelhock (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 1 path
6. Adorf/Hürtgen/Klingmann/Tomczyk (BMW) – 1 lap
7. Bernhard/Dumas/Lieb/Luhr (Porsche) – 1 lap
8. Ammermüller/Stippler/Stuck/Stuck (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 2 laps
9. Biela/Jöns/Ludwig/Rusinov (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 2 laps
10. Lamy/Mücke/Simonsen/Turner (Aston Martin) – 2 laps
18. Bastien/Frey/Werner/Yoong (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 6 laps
29. Bollrath/Ehret/Saurenmann/Werner (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 8 laps

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