- PR marathon for new DTM Champion
- Edoardo Mortara races in Asia, Darryl O’Young in Germany
- British readers meet Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen
While the newly crowned DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk hurries from PR appointment to PR appointment, Edoardo Mortara looks forward to his next start in Macau and Darryl O’Young to his at the Nürburgring.
Sprint and marathon: Martin Tomczyk is a sportsman in demand as new DTM title holder. He completed a genuine PR marathon between the race sprints at Valencia and Hockenheim and in the time immediately after. Several home stories with lifestyle and boulevard magazines, a ‘Blickpunkt Sport’ broadcast at the ‘Wiesn’ in Munich, visits to the editorial departments of daily newspapers, various telephone interviews with news agencies, the daily press and trade magazines, a press breakfast, a visit to the Audi employees conference next Wednesday and Thursday, appearances on the ARD breakfast television as well as to Sat.1 and the visit to the soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Nürnberg are just a few of the numerous appointments on the Audi factory driver’s calendar.
Record holder with new job: Audi factory driver Edoardo Mortara is the only driver ever to have won the prestigious Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix twice. The ‘star of tomorrow’ returns to the Chinese port, the scene where he won with Volkswagen in the last two years, in an Audi R8 LMS. The 24-year old talent aims to win the Macau GT Cup, which is held on November 20, for the Customer Racing China team.
Start in front of huge crowd: three racing drivers known from the DTM made a big appearance on Saturday night for the television channel ProSieben. Current champion Martin Tomczyk, his Audi brand mate Timo Scheider and the former Audi factory driver Christian Abt risked competing in Stefan Raab’s Stock Car Challenge watched by 2.08 million television viewers. In the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen Tomczyk and Scheider finished fourth in their classes, while Christian Abt took fifth position at the end.
From Asia to the Nordschleife: Darryl O’Young competes in the ninth round of the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring. The Hong Kong-Chinese drives an Audi race experience Audi R8 LMS next Saturday. Before the 12 hours Bathurst winner starts in the Eifel he visits the Audi R8 road car production line at the Neckarsulm factory on Wednesday before going on to the Audi R8 LMS assembly line in Heilbronn-Biberach.
Fan ideas on the race car: Audi France gave all motorsport fans a unique chance. Before September 30 they were able to participate in a design competition and create the color scheme for the Audi R8 LMS from Audi France. In the meantime the victorious design was published with which Stéphane Ortelli and David Hallyday will compete at the finale of the French GT Championship tour on October 29 and 30 at Le Castellet. The new scheme can be found on the Audi France Facebook profile .
Celebrity guests: readers met a cast of stars at the Motorsport Readers Evening in London on Saturday evening. In the Audi quattro rooms the public of the British specialist magazine met eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, his Audi team mate and two-time winner Allan McNish as well as two important engineers. Howden Haynes guided Audi Sport Team Joest to victory in Le Mans 2008 as race engineer to Kristensen/McNish/Dindo Capello; Leena Gade was the engineer for this year’s winners Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer.
Blancpain Endurance Series title: fifth position together with Andrea Piccini and Christopher Mies in the WRT team Audi R8 LMS was sufficient to give Greg Franchi the Blancpain Endurance Series championship title at the season finale at Silverstone. Franchi had won the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps with Audi and, as a result, the foundation to winning the title in the championship held for the first time this year. At the season final in Great Britain his team mates Bert Longin/Filipe Albuquerque/Stéphane Ortelli clinched second place on the final lap and in doing so finished the season third in the championship standings.
Victory in Australia: the second race of the sixth Australian GT Championship race weekend at Bathurst finished with a win for Mark Eddy in the Audi R8 LMS entered by Penfold Audi Sport. In the first of the two 30-minute races Eddy narrowly missed a podium position in fourth place. As a result the Australian travels to Sandown and the season finale (November 18-20) as championship leader with a 46 point lead.
Win in Portugal. At the fifth round of the Portuguese GT Championship Cécar Campaniço and Ni Amorim celebrated victory in the second race in the NovaDriver team’s Audi R8 LMS. They also scored a podium finish with third in the first race. The Portuguese duo are second in the championship standings only eight points off the leaders going into the season finale at Braga in November.
A word from ... Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara you start in Macau as two-time winner. This time, however, you have a completely different task than before...
"I’m already massively looking forward to this race weekend. I’m obviously happy that I can go to Macau again. The Grand Prix was always a highlight for every driver in Formula 3, a type of world final. To go back now is a great opportunity since I’ve scored so many excellent results there. After two Formula 3 victories I compete this year with an Audi R8 LMS entered by Customer Racing China in the GT category."
You still don’t know your race car, the Audi R8 LMS, yet. What does this mean for you?
"The car has already shown its abilities in so many races and has scored more than 100 victories. For me it is indeed a premiere as I’ve never driven the Audi R8 LMS before. It will also be my first GT race. I’m already very intrigued about it. However, everybody stresses just how easy the Audi is to handle. It is the perfect customer sport car. I’m sure I’ll feel completely at home after a short acclimatization period."
You know the track of course even better. Do you like these types of circuits?
"I particularly like street circuits. Throughout my career I’ve always scored good results on street circuits, be it Pau, at the Norisring or Macau. I’m optimistic. I’ve competed around this track already four times with the Formula 3. I know the line and obviously also the details that make the difference. The circuit is more than six kilometers long which is really a lot for a street circuit. Perhaps the things that gave me an advantage in Formula 3 will also work in the GT3 race, which is why I also believe that we will be able to fight for a top result with the Audi R8 LMS."
Coming up next week
15.10. Nürburgring (D), VLN endurance championship, round 9
15.10. Hockenheim (D), DMV TCC, round 8
16.10. Monza (I), Italian GT Championship, round 7
16.10. Zandvoort (NL), FIA GT3 European Championship, round 6
16.10. Jerez (E), Spanish GT Championship, round 5