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Audi business aim for feat during a Nürburgring

In May 2012, Audi distinguished a initial altogether feat during a Nürburgring 24 Hours. As a factory-backed team, Audi Sport Team Phoenix won for Audi with Marc Basseng, Christopher Haase, Frank Stippler and Markus Winkelhock. Since then, several racing versions of a Audi R8 have won 3 other 24-hour races – during Spa (B) and during Zolder (B), and a GT category during Daytona (USA) in Jan 2013.

On May 19 and 20, a teams will be using during a Nürburgring underneath opposite resources than a year ago. In a fifth year of a globally successful patron foe module with deliveries of some-more than 100 foe cars, a spotlight is on a customers. Ernst Moser’s patrol that was winning final year is competing as Team G-Drive Racing by Phoenix now. Last year’s winners Frank Stippler (D) and Markus Winkelhock (D) are assimilated by a Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler (CH) and Mike Rockenfeller (D) as team-mates. The second cockpit will be common by five-time Le Mans leader Frank Biela (D), Luca Ludwig (D), Christer Jöns (D) and Roman Rusinov (RUS). A third automobile fielded by Phoenix Racing will be driven by Michael Ammermüller (D), Frank Stippler (D) and Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck (A).

Peter Mamerow’s outfit, a 2012 runner-up, like a Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, is returning to a Eifel track. Christian Mamerow (D), Thomas Mutsch (D) and René Rast (D) are pity a cockpit in a Prosperia C. Abt Team Mamerow with final year’s leader Marc Basseng (D). The Belgian WRT patrol has final year’s leader Christopher Haase (D) in a ranks, upheld by a two-time Bathurst leader Christopher Mies (D). On house as good are Edward Sandström (S) and Laurens Vanthoor (B), who motionless a Zolder 24 Hours in their preference final year. The Twin Busch group of Dennis and Marc Busch (D) will be contesting a Eifel marathon in an Audi R8 LMS ultra for a initial time together with Manuel Lauck (D). The Audi foe knowledge completes a line-up. The dual foe cars will be common by gifted and motorsport-experienced Audi business with pros such as a three-time Le Mans leader Marco Werner (D), ex-DTM motorist Rahel Frey (CH) and a former Formula 1 foe motorist Alex Yoong (MAL).

All 8 Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will be using in a stream FIA-homologated 2013 technical specification. The extraneous rear-view mirror, that is some-more auspicious in terms of aerodynamics, a dangling back wing and a optimized empty complement are new features. A balance-of-performance rating of a 33 GT3 foe cars of all 7 brands and a other entrants is still pending. In total, entries for 179 foe cars have been submitted for Germany’s biggest race.

On television, Sport1 will atmosphere live coverage of a foe for around 19 hours. A YouTube channel and Fan TV, that can be perceived on plcae by DVB-T, will cover a eventuality as well. In 2012, 10 inhabitant radio channels carried 97 reports about Audi’s feat with sum atmosphere time of 19:17 hours and a fanciful strech of 8.1 million viewers. In addition, there were 70:29 hours of general coverage by 163 channels.

The Audi patron teams during a 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours

G-Drive Racing by Phoenix
#1 Marcel Fässler/Mike Rockenfeller/Frank Stippler/Markus Winkelhock (CH/D/D/D)
#3 Frank Biela/Christer Jöns/Luca Ludwig/Roman Rusinov (D/D/D/RU)

Prosperia C. Abt Team Mamerow
#2 Marc Basseng/Christian Mamerow/Thomas Mutsch/René Rast (D/D/D/D)

Phoenix Racing

#4 Michael Ammermüller/Frank Stippler/Ferdinand Stuck/Johannes Stuck (D/D/A/A)

Audi foe experience
#14 Christian Bollrath/Pierre Ehret/Ronnie Saurenmann/Marco Werner (D/D/CH/D)
#15 Dominique Bastien/Rahel Frey/Peter Venn/Alex Yoong (F/CH/GB/MAL)

#16 Dennis Busch/Marc Busch/Manuel Lauck (D/D/D)

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
#29 Christopher Haase/Christopher Mies/Edward Sandström/Laurens Vanthoor (D/D/S/B)

Quotes by a officials

Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport patron racing: “In 2012, Audi won a Nürburgring 24 Hours with a factory-backed commitment. This year, a patron teams are entering 8 Audi R8 LMS ultra cars on their possess and with assistance by their partners. Audi’s patron foe automobile has been successful during a Nürburgring any year so far, scoring category victories in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and altogether feat in 2012. But everybody knows how formidable it is to continue such a string. The world’s best GT brands are competing in a ‘Green Hell.’ Audi Sport patron racing will be providing optimal assistance to a teams during their runs by patron foe consultants and sustenance of a support infrastructure.”

Selected quotes from any motorist team

Frank Stippler, Audi R8 LMS ultra #1 (G-Drive Racing by Phoenix)
“Thanks to a success final year I’m roving to a Eifel as a wanted for a initial time. That’s a good feeling. This year, there will again be during slightest 8 cars in row for feat on their possess energy and another 8 fibbing in wait behind them. Our group boss, Ernst Moser, has won a foe with Phoenix 3 times before, a motorist patrol is good and a new Audi R8 LMS ultra is even improved than a predecessor. The prerequisites are good. But during this foe we should never feel too sure. Chance and happening play a role.”

Christian Mamerow, Audi R8 LMS ultra #2 (Prosperia C. Abt Team Mamerow)
“The Nordschleife is my second ‘living room.’ we feel gentle there. But a foe did a task during a winter too and is well-prepared. Unfortunately, we’re lacking a bit of knowledge with a latest expansion of a automobile given a initial VLN turn was canceled due to bad continue and a third turn clashed with a run during a ADAC GT Masters. Fortunately, we’ve been informed with a Nordschleife as a group and as drivers for years.”

Frank Biela, Audi R8 LMS ultra #3 (G-Drive Racing by Phoenix)

“Together with Roman Rusinov and Luca Ludwig we gathering a VLN foe in preparation. Roman is a rookie on a Nordschleife, was immediately discerning and done no mistakes in formidable conditions. Luca’s been on a lectern in this foe before and Christer Jöns as a VLN Champion knows any scale of a track. If, as a group of four, we put a abilities of any one of us on lane we consider a good outcome will be possible. That a group has a capability is out of a doubt after final year’s victory. Now I’m only anticipating that a satisfactory rating of all a entrants has been achieved.”

Johannes Stuck, Audi R8 LMS ultra #4 (Phoenix Racing)

“Naturally, any manufacturer travels to a Nordschleife intensely well-prepared and aims for altogether victory. We can be poised though should not blink a foe in any way. Plus, happening always plays a purpose in an continuation race. Motorsport is a group sport. I’m a partial of this group and, like all a other members, will try and give my best. Team suggestion is quite critical in continuation racing.”

Christian Bollrath, Audi R8 LMS ultra #14 (Audi foe experience)

“For a third time, I’m pushing this foe with a Audi foe experience. Everything there simply fits: a car, a group and a environment. The Nürburgring is my track. we schooled sporty pushing there 15 years ago. One of my instructors during that time was Marco Werner. That creates it even nicer to expostulate in a same group with him today. Every year, we can learn something from him. That’s how we reduced a opening of one notation per path in 2011 to today’s 15 to 20 seconds. At a Audi foe experience, swell is measurable.”

Rahel Frey, Audi R8 LMS ultra #15 (Audi foe experience)
“The Nordschleife is new for me. we only recently collected initial experiences. This will be a large plea for me. Plus, there’s night driving. Visibility and trade have a large change on your possess rhythm. It doesn’t review with Le Mans where I’ve driven a 24-hour foe before. It’s good that we can foe for a Audi pushing knowledge and communicate a mindfulness of Audi to a business in a process. We aim to ceaselessly give a best in sequence to finish but any problems.”
Dennis Busch, Audi R8 LMS ultra #16
“Last year, we ran on a Nordschleife for a initial time with Audi. We’re anxious with a car’s handling. From a technical perspective, we’ve got best element in a R8 LMS ultra. I’ve been on a grid during a 24-hour foe twice before, and given 2007 my hermit and I’ve been pushing on a Nordschleife. But for a group it’s a initial 24-hour race. Our aim: to get by a night but any mistakes, see where we mount in a morning and afterwards grasp a good outcome – maybe even in a tip ten.”

Christopher Haase, Audi R8 LMS ultra #29 (Belgian Audi Club Team WRT)

“Last year, we won a foe with Audi Sport Team Phoenix. Now I’m competing with a Belgian Audi Club Team WRT opposite Phoenix. Edward Sandström, Christopher Mies and we are closely informed with a Nordschleife. On his VLN Nordschleife debut, Laurens Vanthoor immediately showed a really veteran approach. As drivers we can directly feel a improvements of a latest expansion of a Audi R8 LMS ultra. The automobile is even some-more consistent.”


Friday, May 17
14:25–15:55     Free use
19:35–23:30     Qualifying 1

Saturday, May 18
11:20–13:20     Qualifying 2
17:50–18:45     Top 40 qualifying

Sunday, May 19
17:00         Start

Monday, May 20
17:00         Finish

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