- First seat fitting in Audi A5 DTM
- Audi R18 e-tron quattro in Las Vegas
- Seven Audi R8 cars at Bathurst 12 Hour
Jamie Green, who will be competing for Audi in the DTM in 2013, had his first appointment in Ingolstadt. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro was one of the stars at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At Daytona, the Audi customer teams tested for the 24-hour-race. No less than seven Audi R8 cars are running at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February.
First day at work
Jamie Green had his first appointment at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt this week. The 30-year-old Briton, who has been newly signed for Audi’s driver line-up for the 2013 DTM season, climbed into the Audi A5 DTM for the first time for a seat fitting. Furthermore, Green received some insights into the Audi world during a tour of the Audi Forum and the Audi museum mobile.
World champions in Las Vegas
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro was one of the stars at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (USA). At the world’s leading electronics trade fair, Audi showcased the victorious Le Mans race car alongside the new RS 5 Cabriolet and other high-end exhibits. The current World Endurance Champions Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer were guests at the Audi Booth in Las Vegas as well.
Audi Sport received the first award of the year even before its first racing commitment in the 2013 season. The V6 TDI engine used in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was voted "Race Engine of the Year 2012" by a British special interest magazine. Audi won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the eleventh time last year with the innovative power-plant plus the title in the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Ulrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Development at Audi Sport, accepted the award.
Seven on the grid
No less than seven Audi R8 LMS/ultra cars are starting from the grid at the 12-hour race at Bathurst (Australia) on February 10. They are spearheaded by last year’s victorious Team Phoenix Racing (D) that is fielding an R8 LMS ultra for the Swiss Harold Primat and the two Swedes Johan Kristoffersson and Andreas Simonsen. Three other R8 LMS ultra cars have been put on the entry list by Teams United Autosports (GB), Dragonspeed (USA) and Mark Eddy (AUS). The Australian Teams Dean Koutsoumidis, Peter Conroy Motorsports and Rod Salmon are relying on the R8 LMS.
On ending his career as an Audi "factory" driver, the three-time Le Mans winner Dindo Capello is being presented with a very special farewell gift by his former employer: The Italian, who competed for the brand with the four rings from 1994 to 2012, will receive the Audi R18 TDI in which he won the 12-hour race at Sebring (USA) last March as a permanent loan for one of his Audi centers.
Audi "factory" driver Mattias Ekström has become a father for the second time: Hanna Ekström was born on Saturday at 07:58 a.m. Daughter and mother Heidi are in good health. Ekström is already father of a two-year old son (Mats).
All three Audi customer teams and all 17 drivers who are starting into the 24-hour race at Daytona (USA) on January 26/27 with support from Audi Sport customer racing used the so-called "Roar before the Rolex 24" to prepare for the U.S. endurance classic. In total, the four Audi R8 GRAND-AM cars from Alex Job Racing, APR Motorsport and Rum Bum Racing completed 955 laps - equating to almost 5,500 kilometers. The R8 cars were represented in the top group of the GT category on all three test days.
A different kind of Christmas party
On December 24, dressed in a traditional costume and with around 120 guests in attendance, Hans-Jürgen Abt celebrated "into" his 50th birthday. At the party, held at an elaborately decorated mountain lodge, the Team Director of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, in addition to his family, welcomed the two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider and the new Member of Audi’s Board of Management for Development Wolfgang Dürheimer, among others.
Four times Nordschleife
As before, the Audi race experience is involved in motorsport in 2013. This year, it again offers Audi customers who are active in the sport the opportunity to book racing commitments with the Audi R8 LMS ultra on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Three rounds of the VLN Endurance Championship (April 13, August 24 and September 28) plus the 24-hour race (May 19/20) are on the agenda in the 2013 season. The Audi customers will be sharing the cockpit with pros such as Le Mans winner Marco Werner, ex DTM racer Frank Schmickler and Florian Gruber, who holds the track record on the Nordschleife.
During the Autosport International Show in Birmingham the calendar for the new FIA GT Series that replaces the previous FIA GT1 World Championship in 2013 was announced. Six events in total, each featuring two sprint races, are scheduled, with five events to be held in Europe. The season opens at Nogaro (France) on April 1. The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has submitted entries for two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars.
A word from … Oliver Jarvis
At the end of January, you’ll be running together with Filipe Albuquerque, Edoardo Mortara and Dion von Moltke in an Audi R8 GRAND-AM of the Alex Job team at the Daytona 24 Hours, the season opener of the GRAND AM Series …
… Yes, and I’m very much looking forward to it. It’ll not only be my first start at this classic event that in 2013 is being held for the 51st time but my first-ever race in the United States.
What is your impression of the track after the first tests at Daytona?
The mix of an oval and a circle track is extremely enjoyable. At this test, I drove through a banked turn for the first time and did feel a bit of awe beforehand. But after just a few laps I drove flat-out across the banking. The speed there is really impressive.
How does the Audi R8 GRAND-AM differ from the Audi R8 LMS ultra in which you took third place at the Spa 24 Hours in 2012?
While the cars look very similar there’s a big difference in the way they handle. Due to the regulations the GRAND-AM has less downforce than the LMS ultra. The car tends to skid a lot more and requires a really sensitive touch on the steering wheel, especially in fast turns. It took a while to get used to this at first but meanwhile I can handle it really well.
Dion von Molke is the only one of your three team-mates with previous racing experience at Daytona. Is that a disadvantage?
I don’t think so. Dion has given us a lot of valuable tips and the test has shown that all of us are feeling quite comfortable on this track. I’m convinced that we’re a strong team.
Your aim for your Daytona debut?
Audi is certainly not sending us to a race across the Atlantic with the aim of taking second place. Obviously, we want to be in contention for victory. But that’ll be pretty hard. Over 30 cars are on the grid in the GT class. My guess is that at least 20 of them are absolutely capable of winning. So there’s a lot of competition. But that’s even greater motivation for us.