New Audi R8 LMS wins NÃ¼rburgring 24 Hours
Audi's GT-3 racecar instantly an endurance race victor
Ingolstadt/Nurburg - The Audi R-8 LMS managed a fantastic 24 hour racing introduction by clinching victory in the Nurburgring. Audi just unveiled its GT-3 racecar ten months past - now the generation-centered sports-car amazed in a difficult battle that continued up to the past hour of the race. Finally, Audi Activity Group WRT with Christopher Mies/Nico Muller/Edward Sandstrom/Laurens Vanthoor (D/CH/S/B) was 40 seconds quicker than the BMW Group Marc VDS.
The fight for success in the Eifel stamina race is not as thrilling as this in quite a long time. During the 24 hrs the direct transformed 35 occasions - a report in the function which has been held since 1970. Following the race's mid-point, both the amount '28' R-8 LMS or its most ruthless opponent was working in entrance, with respect to the pit-stop sequence.
We are really happy that people are able to thank Audi by using the first 24hour triumph of the newest race car.
Finally, the Belgian Audi group reigned supreme using a concentrated efficiency of its own motorists and strong teamwork. Vincent Vosse's squad and all the four race motorists observed their very first success in this traditional function.
"This was a week end of thrilling racing, along with an extreme and nerve wracking one," mentioned Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. "True congratulations to our winners who never-lost their great even when confronted with some small irregularities and organized to the stress. The entire squad of Audi Sport customer racing is joyful to find out the newest R8 LMS promptly delivering on our guarantee of it being a aggressive, desirable and dependable race car our clients can enjoy beginning this autumn."
Third Nurburgring achievement for Audi in four years
Vincent Vosse was reveled about still another achievement of his youthful team: "We Have previously won the Spa 24 Hrs with Audi and now we reached success on the Nurburgring at the same time. My thanks because of this go into a driven squad, four gifted motorists and to Audi Sport customer racing for his or her strong support. We are really happy that people are able to thank Audi by using the first 24hour triumph of the newest race car."
About fifty per cent of the GT-3 racecar is founded on its creation equivalent it concurrently observed its introduction with in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Four new Audi R 8 LMS automobiles were about the power system of the 24 hour race. Last year's victor Christopher Haase/Christian Mamerow/Rene Rast/Markus Winkelhock in auto number '1' of Audi Sport Team Phoenix led the race several occasions but were made to retire following an injury by Christian Mamerow. The German was hospitalized for observation. In the sister vehicle, quantity '4,' Mike Rockenfeller whirled on track as a result of an oil spill soon prior to the race's mid-point. He was hit by another vehicle that has been following him, creating harm to the Audi that was also intense for continuing the race.
The next race vehicle of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT noticed the checkered flag in seventh position. Injury damage had triggered Pierre Kaffer (D) and his teammates Christer Jons (D), Nicki Thiim (DK) and Laurens Vanthoor (B) to drop three laps in the first period. Nevertheless, with great lap times, this motorist quartet demonstrated the competitiveness of the Audi R-8 LMS at the same time.
The time tested Audi R-8 LMS ultra version - the 2012 and 2014 victor of the Nurburgring 24 Hrs - finished the great result. Team Double Busch Motorsport with Dennis Busch/Marc Busch/Christiaan Frankenhout (D/D/NL) noticed the the final in 11th spot, followed closely by by the Audi race encounter. The Asian driver lineup of Franky Cong Fu Cheng/Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong/Alex Yoong (CN/HK/HK/MAL) reached 12th place while the sister vehicle retired after a collision.
Estimates following the Nurburgring 24 Hours
Romolo Liebchen (Head of Audi Sport customer racing): "The slim openings revealed by the results can only just give a vague notion of how thrilling GT-3 racing are at the minute. We have experienced a weekend filled with emotions, with months of effort behind us, and all it's culminated in a hardfought success. 'Thanks' to everybody at Audi and Audi Sport customer racing, to each of the teams as well as the motorists. This continues to be a strong operation. The vocation of the new Audi R-8 LMS could not have started any better. Genuine congratulations to the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and to our four motorists Christopher Mies, Nico Muller, Edward Sandstrom and Laurens Vanthoor who have won this race for the first time."
Christopher Mies: "It turned out to be a rough race as well as a close conflict with BMW and Porsche. The newest Audi R-8 LMS was working nicely. There was not even the smallest difficulty. But at night time we dropped three to four minutes as a result of yellow interval and, consequently, our edge was gone. Later, we actually needed to fight hard. BMW place us under lots of pressure. The automobile was running superbly as well as the pit-stops were excellent. That has been enough for us to win in the finish having a 40-second edge."
Nico Muller: "It is unbelievable. My three-team-mates, Chris (Mies), Edward (Sandstrom) and Laurens (Vanthoor), did an amazing job. The group made no errors through the entire race as well as our vehicle was working fantastically. This is the first 24 hour race for the newest Audi R-8 LMS - and we made it across the entire space with no issues, particularly at such high velocity. We were continuously under pressure and consistently needed to give every thing. This success is a pleasant benefit for everyone."
Edward Sandstrom: "It turned out to be a rough race that has many great teams and challenging climate conditions. My buddies in the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, just like Audi Sport customer racing, did a best work. The group operation just match. The newest auto meant plenty of work for every one of us, which compensated off. Driving a entire 24-hour race without the smallest difficulty deserves lots of regard."
Laurens Vanthoor: "These were the sorts of states which are really so typical for the Green Hell - patches of rain as well as a dim skies early on Saturday evening. It was hard. We were set on living through the evening unharmed and managed to get this done. Subsequently, the race become a sprint. For me, the initial success in the new R8 LMS is going to be an unforgettable encounter. The automobile has immediately been trusted. This reveals how nicely the entire Audi squad continues to be working. 'Thanks' for this."
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