Audi teams in Nürburgring 24 Hours: Sights set on victory

Posted on 16. Jun, 2014 by in Audi Canada

After a Audi R8 LMS ultra took category feat in a Nürburgring 24 Hours 3 times between 2009 and 2011, Audi Sport Team Phoenix distinguished a initial altogether feat for Audi in 2012. In 2014, Phoenix Racing is again fielding dual factory-backed Audi R8 LMS ultra cars. All 4 Nürburgring winners from 2012 are again using for a patrol formed in a Eifel though are reserved to a dual cockpits in new line-ups. Marc Basseng (D) and Frank Stippler (D) will accept a 2011, 2012 and 2014 Le Mans leader Marcel Fässler (CH) and a 2013 FIA GT Champion Laurens Vanthoor (B) as team-mates in a automobile designated as series 3. The 2012 Nürburgring winners Christopher Haase (D) and Markus Winkelhock (D) will be pity a sister automobile with a Nordschleife dilettante Christian Mamerow (D) and a three-time Supercup Champion René Rast (D).

The Audi patron teams are bringing a clever choice to a Nürburgring as well. The GT specialists Alexander Müller (D), Marco Seefried (D) and Richard Westbrook (GB) will be pity one of a dual Audi R8 LMS ultra cars of a Prosperia C. Abt Racing group with final year’s leader Nicki Thiim (DK). The other foe automobile is assigned by 4 seasoned Nordschleife campaigners: Christer Jöns (D), Niclas Kentenich (D), Christopher Mies (D) and Dominik Schwager (D) are pushing a series ‘10’ Audi R8 LMS ultra.
The patrol of G-Drive Racing relies on an general line-up. Audi bureau motorist Nico Müller (CH) from a DTM is creation his entrance in a 24-hour foe during a Nürburgring alongside Roman Rusinov (RUS), Edward Sandström (S) and ex-Le Mans leader Stéphane Ortelli (MC).

Team Twin Busch Motorsport is contesting a classical continuation foe during a Nürburgring for a second time with Audi. Three drivers from final year – a brothers Dennis and Marc Busch (D) and Manuel Lauck (D) – will be on a grid, upheld by Stefan Landmann (A).

As in prior years, a Audi foe knowledge is fielding dual Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in that quick Audi business are competing together with seasoned foe drivers. Ex-DTM motorist Rahel Frey is pity a cockpit with Dominique Bastien (USA), Christian Bollrath (D) and Christiaan Frankenhout (NL). In a second car, record stratosphere jumper Felix Baumgartner (A) is creation his entrance in a 24-hour race. The impassioned athlete, who has been meticulously scheming for his new charge during a past months, is upheld by a seasoned sports automobile automobile campaigners and former Le Mans winners Marco Werner (D) and Frank Biela (D), and Pierre Kaffer (D).

Entries for a sum of 175 cars with about 650 foe drivers have been submitted for Germany’s vital race, including some-more than 30 GT3 sports cars. 2014 is saying several changes. 30 instead of a prior 40 teams will be battling for a best grid positions in a final subordinate eventuality on Friday. For a initial time, in a 4 rounds of a VLN Endurance Championship and in subordinate for a new gift foe in April, 19 teams, including 6 of a 8 Audi R8 LMS ultra cars, were means to secure slots for a tip 30 subordinate eventuality in advance. The #4 and #16 Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will be competing for a remaining eleven tip 30 subordinate slots in a dual subordinate sessions on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Live TV coverage of a foe will be supposing on Sport1 for some-more than 15 hours. The YouTube-Channel ADACZurich24hRennen and Fan TV that can be perceived on plcae around DVB-T channel 27 will also atmosphere coverage of a event. In 2013, 7 inhabitant TV stations carried reports with a sum generation of 29:44 hours. In addition, there were 89:50 hours of general broadcasts by 196 channels.

The Audi patron teams in a 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours

Phoenix Racing
3  Marc Basseng/Marcel Fässler/Frank Stippler/Laurens Vanthoor (D/CH/D/B)
4  Christopher Haase/Christian Mamerow/René Rast/Markus Winkelhock (D/D/D/D)

Prosperia C. Abt Racing
9  Alexander Müller/Marco Seefried/Nicki Thiim/Richard Westbrook (D/D/DK/GB)
10  Christer Jöns/Niclas Kentenich/Christopher Mies/Dominik Schwager (D/D/D/D)

Audi foe experience
18  Dominique Bastien/Christian Bollrath/Christiaan Frankenhout/Rahel Frey (USA/D/NL/CH)
502  Felix Baumgartner/Frank Biela/Pierre Kaffer/Marco Werner (A/D/D/D)

G-Drive Racing
17  Nico Müller/Stéphane Ortelli/Roman Rusinov/Edward Sandström (CH/MC/RUS/S)

Twin Busch Motorsport powered by Kumho Tyre
16  Dennis Busch/Marc Busch/Stefan Landmann/Manuel Lauck (D/D/A/D)

Quotes by a officials

Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport patron racing: “There can usually be one aim for a 24-hour foe this year: victory. In further to dual factory-backed Audi R8 LMS ultra cars of Team Phoenix Racing, that are assigned by comprehensive tip drivers, 6 other, really clever patron cars are on a grid, that are in row for tip positions as well. Audi Sport patron racing will optimally support all teams in their foe in a ‘Green Hell’ by patron foe advisors and a ancillary infrastructure. After a initial VLN races, it’s formidable for me to consider who will be among a favorites. We’re awaiting a really tighten margin in that during slightest 15 cars from 5 manufacturers will be in row for victory. But in a end, there’s also a bit of happening concerned in determining success. We’ve prepared really delicately and are anticipating that in a finish an Audi R8 LMS ultra will be during a really front.”

 
Selected quotes from any motorist team

Marcel Fässler, Audi R8 LMS ultra #3 (Phoenix Racing)
“Two 24-hour races in a singular week are a module of huge proportions. After a foe during L Mans, I’m immediately going to fly home to recharge my batteries so that I’ll be means to pull on 100 percent of my appetite again for a start during a Nürburgring. we started training for this double strike in winter. Our aim is victory. I’m still lacking a delight in a Nürburgring 24 Hours in my CV, nonetheless we came flattering tighten by holding third place in 2011. The Audi R8 LMS ultra is rival though a rivals are tough to judge, as many teams traditionally don’t uncover their full intensity in a VLN races.”

Markus Winkelhock, Audi R8 LMS ultra #4 (Phoenix Racing)
“Unlike a scurry race, a 24-hour foe is intensely fervent physically. we prepared for this and privately worked on my fitness. This is my fifth start in a Nürburgring 24 Hours, so we know a lane really good by now. Another certain aspect: In Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow and René Rast I’ve got 3 gifted and quick team-mates and in Phoenix Racing a clever group that’s subsidy us. Our aim again is to bind altogether victory.”

Nicki Thiim, Audi R8 LMS ultra #9 (Prosperia C. Abt Racing)
“Arriving during a 24-hour foe as final year’s leader does not boost a vigour on me. But we know how tough it is to win this race. 15 to 20 teams can substantially be approaching to be in row for victory.  But I’m certain that in my team-mates Alexander Müller, Marco Seefried and Richard Westbrook we’ve got a clever motorist patrol and in a Audi R8 LMS ultra a good car, and that Prosperia C. Abt Racing is ideally prepared as well. But it also takes some happening to win this race.”

Christopher Mies, Audi R8 LMS ultra #10 (Prosperia C. Abt Racing)
“For me, a 24-hour foe is a special event. The Nürburgring is my home track. This is where we gathering a largest series of races. The atmosphere is tremendous. This is one of Germany’s vital races. You can take in a lot of a atmosphere on a Nordschleife in a cockpit. When we gathering during night for a initial time, we was astounded by a haze wafting opposite a tarmac until we satisfied it was fume from a barbecues. As distant as a chances go: we decider a foe to be really strong. But during Prosperia C. Abt Racing we’ve got dual Audi R8 LMS ultra cars assigned by seasoned Nordschleife campaigners.” 

Dennis Busch, Audi R8 LMS ultra #16 (Twin Busch Motorsport powered by Kumho Tyre)
“For a team, this is a second 24-hour foe during a Nürburgring with a Audi R8 LMS ultra. My hermit Marc and I’ve been pushing on a Nordschleife given 2007 and in Manuel Lauck and Stefan Landmann we’ve been means to benefit dual other gifted Nordschleife drivers. We’re anticipating to get by a foe though any incidents this year, and if that’s a box a place in a tip 10 would be a goal.”

Nico Müller, Audi R8 LMS ultra #17 (G-Drive Racing)
“The contrariety to a DTM is stark. This is my initial 24-hour foe and a Nordschleife is new for me. It’s not usually prolonged though also intensely perfectionist and you’ve got to solemnly try your limit. we feel really gentle in a group of G-Drive Racing. Stéphane Ortelli knows a Audi R8 LMS ultra good and Edward Sandström is giving me profitable tips about a track. As Stéphane and I’ve got usually small Nordschleife knowledge we don’t see us in a purpose of favorites. But if all goes good we’ve got good outsiders’ chances.”

Rahel Frey, Audi R8 LMS ultra #18 (Audi foe experience)
“This is my second 24-hour foe with a Audi foe experience. I’d like to communicate a mindfulness of Audi to a business and accompany them in this race. My team-mates have already driven dual races and are looking brazen to this run. We’re realistic: for us, it’s about finishing and experiencing a good race. But privately I’ll of march be gratified if we can expostulate a quick foe path now and afterwards or put a Audi R8 LMS ultra in a brazen position in qualifying.”

Frank Biela, Audi R8 LMS ultra #502 (Audi foe experience)
“This foe is truly a plea for all drivers – be they seasoned campaigners or rookies. The final done on a drivers and cars are large on a lane of some-more than 25 kilometers. I’m fervent to see Felix Baumgartner’s run. He’s shown superb performances in other sports and meticulously prepared for this foe though is still comparatively new in motorsport. In Marco Werner and Pierre Kaffer I’ve got dual team-mates we know well. If all goes well, a top-ten outcome would be a good thing.”

Timetable

Thursday, Jun 19
14.45–16.45     Free use
18.45–23.00     Qualifying 1

Friday, Jun 20
10.15–12.15     Qualifying 2
17.10–17.50     Top 30 qualifying

Saturday, Jun 21
08.30–09.30     Warm-up
16.00         Start

Sunday, Jun 22
16.00         Finish

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