Press release

Ingolstadt, 2012-07-15

Motorsport Newsletter 27/2012: Successful weekend for Audi Sport customer racing

  • Audi R8 LMS ultra takes first victory of the season in ADAC GT Masters
  • Triumph in the French GT Championship
  • Podium result in GT Asia

The DTM show event and the Audi A5 DTM attracted numerous prominent guests to Munich’s Olympic Stadium. But the Audi R8 LMS ultra caused a sensation this weekend as well. 


Victory in Germany: René Rast and Chris Mamerow celebrated the first victory of the season for the Audi R8 LMS ultra at round seven of the ADAC GT Masters. At the event held as part of the Truck Grand Prix supporting program, they achieved their success on a track that was initially wet and then dried off. On Sunday, Rast and Mamerow scored another podium finish on position three after having started from 22nd on the grid.

Victory in France: Paul Lamic and Grégory Guilvert triumphed at the fourth round of the French GT Championship at Magny-Cours. The two Frenchmen in the Audi R8 LMS ultra had started into the race on Saturday from grid position eleven. Guilvert captured the lead only in the penultimate turn. For the duo from Team Saintéloc Racing, this marked the second victory of the season after their success at the opener at Lédenon. In the second heat, Guilvert and Lamic completed the successful weekend as the runners-up.

Brief visit: Le Mans winner André Lotterer managed to clinch the second victory of the season in Formula Nippon at Fuji (Japan). The Audi factory driver used the opportunity to keep his fingers crossed for the Audi Sport customer racing China team that took third place at Fuji in the GT Asia with an Audi R8 LMS from the Chinese R8 LMS Cup driven by Marchy and Jeffrey Lee.

Celebrities galore: The DTM show event in Munich attracted scores of prominent guests. Audi partner FC Bayern München was represented by national player Thomas Müller, Chairman of the Board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and his board colleague Andreas Jung. Members of the German Ski Association (DSV) who paid a visit to the brand with the four rings were Alpine Director Wolfgang Maier, Coach Charly Waibel plus Simon Stickl and Daniel Bohnacker from the DSV Ski Cross Team. TV host Kai Pflaume was among the guests at the Audi Lounge in the Olympiapark as well.

Custard pie battle: At the DTM show event, Mattias Ekström experienced the fact that having a birthday on a race weekend can be a dangerous thing. His team-mates placed the birthday cake right in the middle of the Swede’s face, to the delight of the photographers.   

Good shot: Rahel Frey and Adrien Tambay received an archery lesson before the DTM show event in Munich by Student World Champion Christina Berger. The practice brought them luck. Tambay mounted the podium on Saturday for the first time in the DTM. On Sunday, Frey qualified for the final round of the last 16 with a clear victory against Dirk Werner.

High vantage point: Mike Rockenfeller enjoyed a very special view of the parallel race track at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. Together with a guide, the 2010 Le Mans winner climbed up to the roof of the stadium and enjoyed the impressive vista of the track, the city of Munich and the Alps.  

Home round: Felix Petermann, an ice hockey player of the EHC Red Bull München, visited Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström at the DTM show event in Munich. The Red Bull racer invited the national player to sit in his Red Bull Audi A5 DTM.

Guest run: Timo Scheider proved his talent on two wheels yet again. At the DTM show event in Munich, he thrilled the spectators as a guest rider in a Super Motor Show race.

From Austria to Munich: Mattias Ekström traveled from the Red Bull Ring directly to the DTM show event in Munich. A select group of guests will long remember the Red Bull “Go with the Pro” drive training on Tuesday and Wednesday. The participants eagerly absorbed all the tips they received from the two-time DTM Champion for the race track in Styria.

90th anniversary: The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced the date of the next Le Mans 24 Hours. The tradition-steeped event that was incepted in 1923 will celebrate its 90th anniversary on June 15 and 16, 2013.  A month ago, Audi won the classic race with the R18 e-tron quattro for the eleventh time. The date of the test day has been confirmed as well: June 2, 2013.

Victory at Le Mans: Emanuele Pirro celebrated another Le Mans win. The Italian, who clinched five overall victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours between 2000 and 2007, contested the historic Le Mans Classic race on the second weekend in July. In the “Plateau 3” competition, Pirro together with Roger Wills and Joe Twyman achieved overall victory in a field of 71 vehicles in the ex-Graham Hill Lotus 15.

A word from ... Mattias Ekström

The first victory of the season — at the show event in Munich of all places. What does this success mean to you?
“Clearly, a victory without points is only half the fun. But to finally be part of a podium ceremony again, to spray the bubbly, and to go into a press conference as the winner does mean a lot to me. This success is important for the whole team that works very hard and truly deserves this victory. I’m very happy for them as well.”  

The race was very dramatic. In view of your gap at half-time, did you still have any hopes for victory?
“I know that a race is never over before the checkered flag has dropped. So I made up my mind to fight all the way to the end and of course kept hoping that it would be enough to win in the end.”

What are you taking from this weekend to the next championship round at the Nürburgring?
“Above all, it’s the certainty that we’re learning more about the car with each race kilometer. That’s why this event was important for us too. And then of course there’s the joy about the success in Munich. That’ll give us wings in the Eifel as well.”  

Coming up next week

Jul 21 Nürburgring (D), round 6, Endurance Championship
Jul 22 Rio de Janeiro (BR), round 4, Brazilian GT Championship


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