First stick position for Audi during Daytona

Posted on 25. Jan, 2014 by in Audi Canada

67 prototypes and GT sports cars will be rebellious a 24-hour competition during Daytona on Saturday during 14:10 internal time (20:10 CET). For Audi, a iconic North American continuation competition opens a 2014 GT deteriorate with a competition opening of a new U.S. chronicle of a Audi R8 LMS.

29 entrants and 6 brands make a GT Daytona difficulty for production-based GT sports cars a difficulty with a largest series of participants in a race. Four Audi patron teams, including Paul Miller as one of a largest Audi dealerships in a USA, are fielding a sum of 5 Audi R8 LMS cars this weekend. The mid-engine sports automobile was serve grown by Audi Sport patron racing for a new GT Daytona difficulty and is immediately starting from a stick position in a initial race.   

In an intensely stirring subordinate session, a fastest 6 GT Daytona sports cars were within 89 thousandths of a second of any other and a best 20 within one second. Haase, on his fifth lap, relegated a Ferrari of Toni Vilander, that had been heading adult to that point, to position dual by 0.055s. Oliver Jarvis in a Audi R8 LMS of Fall-Line Motorsports trailed him in third place by usually another 0.022s.

Nelson Canache jr. and Dion von Moltke cumulative grid positions 21 and 23 for a Flying Lizard Motorsports team. Marc Basseng in a Audi R8 LMS of GMG Racing, after a spin in a chicane, took position 24 – with a opening of usually 1.408s.  

The 52nd using of a Daytona 24 Hours outlines a commencement of a new epoch in U.S. sports automobile racing. It is a initial competition after a American Le Mans Series joined with a GRAND-AM to form a new Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC). In a United States, FOX Network front live coverage from Daytona, in Europe MotorsTV. The website www.imsa.com offers live radio and live timing.   

When a competition starts, a prolongation Audi R8 V10 will make an opening as well: The mid-engine sports automobile is used as a reserve automobile during Daytona and will be heading a considerable margin into a new epoch of U.S. sports automobile racing. Last year, Audi distinguished a one-two feat in a GT difficulty during Daytona.

Selected quotes

Romolo Liebchen (Head of Audi Sport patron racing): “Obviously, we’re intensely happy with this outcome – it’s a initial stick position for Audi during Daytona. Being on grid positions one and 3 in such a vast margin with such tighten time gaps is simply brilliant. But we shouldn’t err a other cars on some of a some-more rearward positions since they’re not that distant divided in terms of a times they set. It  looks like a good resolution has been found for rating a opposite cars. This promises a stirring race.”

Christopher Haase (Audi R8 LMS #48/Paul Miller Racing): “It’s a good feeling to be on a stick position during Daytona. Of march that’s not what’s going to confirm a race, though for a initial hour it’ll really be helpful. The group did a glorious job: Our automobile was good from a commencement and we serve softened it in a right direction. We can be really gratified and I’m already looking brazen to a competition start.”

Qualifying results

1 Bell/Haase/Miller/Rast (Audi R8 LMS) 1m 46.973s
2 Balzan/Westphal/Vilander/Case (Ferrari) 1m 47.028s
3 Espenlaub/Jarvis/Putman/Walker (Audi R8 LMS) 1m 47.050s
4 Longo/Serra/Negrao/Gomes (Ferrari) 1m 47.052s
5 Block/Carter/Davis/Davison (Aston Martin) 1m 47.055s
6 Tucker/Sweedler/Bell/Segal/Pier Guidi (Ferrari) 1m 47.062s

21 Canache jr./Pappas/Pumpelly/Winkelhock (Audi R8 LMS) 1m 48.045s
23 Albuquerque/Latif/Neiman/von Moltke (Audi R8 LMS) 1m 48.140s
24 Basseng/Sofronas/Stippler/Welch (Audi R8 LMS) 1m 48.381s

Note to media: On Friday, during 2 p.m., a drivers and group managers of a Audi patron teams, Romolo Liebchen (Head of Audi Sport patron racing) and Jürgen Zürn (Head of Production and Test, Audi Sport patron racing) will be accessible for particular interviews during a ‘Meet a Audi patron teams’ eventuality during a Press Conference Room of a Media Center.

A PDF chronicle of a ‘Audi Sport patron racing 2014’ pamphlet is accessible now for downloading during www.audi-motorsport.info. An interactive inscription chronicle is accessible in a ‘Audi Express’ app during iTunes and Google Play.

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