Audi Motorsport Newsletter 06/2010

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·         Disappointing start into DTM season for Audi

·         Tom Kristensen fit for Spa

·         First win of the season for the Audi R8 LMS

·         Two podium places in Italy

·         Successful race experience debut

·         Withdrawal for safety reasons


Disappointing start into DTM season for Audi


DTM: The 2010 DTM season opener did not go according to plan for title defender Audi. After three successive triumphs the brand with the four rings had to settle for places five to eight. The best Audi driver was Mike Rockenfeller who took fifth place in his first race for Audi Sport Team Phoenix. Mattias Ekström finished in sixth place although he had to come in for an additional pit stop due to a previous team error. Martin Tomczyk had a blown tire while leading the race. Alexandre Prémat suffered the same misfortune.


Tom Kristensen fit for Spa


Le Mans: Audi Sport Team Joest successfully completed a 30-hour endurance test with the Audi R15 TDI for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The test was successful as well for Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen whose foot injury has heeled to the point of enabling the Dane to compete again as early as in the 1000-kilometer race at Spa-Francorchamps on May 9.


First win of the season for the Audi R8 LMS


GT3 France: Bruno Hernandez and Soheil Ayari clinched the first victory of the season for the Audi R8 LMS at Lédenon. In the first of two races of the French GT Championship the duo from the Audi Team Oreca commandingly prevailed against two Ferraris. In the second race Hernandez/Ayari again mounted the podium thanks to their third-place finish. The best Audi team in the second race was their team colleagues Stéphane Ortelli and David Halliday.


Two podium places in Italy


GT3 Italy: The team of Audi Sport Italia started into the Italian GT Championship at Misano with two podium positions. Filipe Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi in their Audi R8 LMS finished the night race on Saturday as the runners-up in front of their team colleagues Dindo Capello and Gianluca Giraudi. In the second round on Sunday Bonanomi was "kicked off" in a hairpin as early as on the first lap. Dindo Capello was struggling with the engine stalling on the final laps and finished the race in fifth place.

Successful race experience debut


VLN: The new Audi race experience that offers customers the opportunity to book racing commitments with the Audi R8 LMS had a successful debut. In the first run during the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring the two vehicles of Audi race experience Team Joest with Florian Gruber/Alfred Wolfsgruber/Peter Wyss and Wolfgang Dess/Jochen Übler/Marco Werner clinched places four to six in the SP9 class for GT3 vehicles. The enthusiasm for the Audi R8 LMS was overshadowed by a tragic accident of another competitor which resulted in the race being stopped early.


Withdrawal for safety reasons


VLN: Teams ABT Sportsline and Phoenix Racing took their total of Audi R8 LMS cars out of the race at the third round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring after a series of tire failures on the rear axle for safety reasons. In collaboration with the tire partner concerned Audi Sport’s Customer Service Center will carefully analyze the cause of the tire failures and develop a recommendation for procedures to be followed at future races on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife – not only but also with respect to the upcoming Nürburgring 24 Hours.


News bits


In the world’s biggest Audi center, United Autosports will present its R8 LMS team for the FIA GT3 European Championship in London on Tuesday ... Audi Representative Frank Biela took second place in the "Legend Cup" as a guest entrant in the inaugural race of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at Hockenheim ... Since Friday the Audi Sport iPhone App has been available for free downloading from Apple’s iTunes Store.


Results and points


Hockenheim (D), April 25, DTM round 1


1 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) 39 laps in 1h 02m 31.580s

2 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes) + 0.567s

3 Jamie Green (Mercedes) + 1.841s

4 Paul Di Resta (Mercedes) + 2.251s

5 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi A4 DTM) + 3.201s

6 Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) + 3.420s

7 Timo Scheider (Audi A4 DTM) + 13.067s

8 Miguel Molina (Audi A4 DTM) + 13.503s


10 Alexandre Prémat (Audi A4 DTM) + 28.509s

14 Katherine Legge (Audi A4 DTM) + 46.817s

15 Markus Winkelhock (Audi A4 DTM) + 1m 14.113s

17 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) - 7 laps


Standings after 1 of 10 rounds: 1 Paffett, 10 points; 2 Spengler, 8; 3 Green, 6; 4 Di Resta, 5; 5 Rockenfeller, 4; 6 Ekström, 3; 7 Scheider, 2; 8 Molina, 1.


Next race: Valencia (E), May 23


Nürburgring (D), April 24, VLN Endurance Championship round 3


1 Mamerow/Henzler (Porsche) 22 laps in 3h 12m 41.016s

2 Müller/Farfus/Lamy (BMW) + 10.092s

3 Werner/Müller/Adorf/Priaulx (BMW) + 38.735s

4 Hahne/Krumbach/Gindorf (Porsche) + 1m 18. 499s

5 Fischer/Seefried/Kelleners (Porsche) + 5m 37.975s

15 Gruber/Wolfsgruber/Wyss (Audi R8 LMS) - 1 lap

17 Dess/Übler/Werner (Audi R8 LMS) - 1 lap


Next race: Nürburgring (D), June 12


Lédenon (F), April 24, French GT Championship round 3


1 Ayari/Hernandez (Audi R8 LMS) 43 laps in 1h 01m 22.066s

2 Dayraut/Campbell (Ferrari) + 3.867s

3 Makowiecki/Jakubowski (Ferrari) + 4.190s

4 Derlot/Peyroles (Corvette) 14.224s

5 Bouchut/Merafina (Audi R8 LMS) 24.885s

7 Franchi/Lemeret (Audi R8 LMS) + 58.021s

8 Mollekens/Tuchbant (Audi R8 LMS) + 1m 00.292s

10 Lunardi/Sourd (Audi R8 LMS) + 1m 16.094s

Lédenon (F), April 25, French GT Championship round 4

1 Makowiecki/Jakubowski (Ferrari) 42 laps in 1h 00m 07.293s

2 Ortelli/Hallyday (Audi R8 LMS) + 8.226s

3 Ayari/Hernandez (Audi R8 LMS) + 33.063s

4 Dayraut/Campbell (Ferrari) + 43.445s

5 Franchi/Lemeret (Audi R8 LMS) + 58.990s

6 Lunardi/Sourd (Audi R8 LMS) + 1m 04.947s

7 Mollekens/Tuchbant (Audi R8 LMS) + 1m 24.390s

25 Bouchut/Merafina (Audi R8 LMS) - 8 laps


Next race: Dijon (F), May 8


Misano (I), April 24, Italian GT Championship round 1


1 Pilet/Roda (Porsche) 25 laps in 50m 13.987s

2 Albuquerque/Bonanomi (Audi R8 LMS) + 30.510s

3 Capello/Giraudi (Audi R8 LMS) + 34.941s

4 Bontempelli/Caccia (Ferrari) - 1 lap

5 Graziani/Alessi (Corvette) - 2 laps


Misano (I), April 25, Italian GT Championship round 2


1 Pilet/Roda (Porsche) 30 laps in 51m 15.341s

2 de Lorenzi/Borghi (Porsche) + 34.719s

3 Bontempelli/Caccia (Ferrari) + 44.265s

4 Lavio/Gattuso (Ferrari) + 48.949s

5 Capello/Giraudi (Audi R8 LMS) + 1m 27.886s


Standings after 2 of 14 rounds: 1 Pilet and Roda, 30 points each; 3 Bontempelli and Caccia, 18 points each; 5 Capello and Giraudi, 17 each; 7 Albuquerque, Bonamoni, Borghia and de Lorenzi, 12 each.


Next races: Vallelunga (I), May 8


Coming up next week


April 30 – May 02: FIA GT3 European Championship Silverstone (GB)

April 30 – May 02: International GT Open Nürburgring (D)



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