ABT Sportsline increases DTM lead with Audi R8 LMS

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Full points in the DTM Trophy for the first time: Team Heide-Motorsport recorded full points in the DTM Trophy for the first time with the Audi R8 LMS GT4. On the third race weekend at the Nürburgring, Lucas Mauron improved from sixth position to second place at the start of the second race. A battle for the lead then broke out, with the Swiss in the Audi and BMW driver Michael Schrey taking turns at the front several times. Mauron eventually prevailed and crossed the finish line with a lead of 4.6 seconds. However, a time penalty threw him back to second place. However, since race winner Marcel Marchewicz took part as a guest entrant, Lucas Mauron is the first Audi privateer to score the full 25 points in a DTM Trophy race this year.

Two podium finishes in Scandinavia: Team Poker Racing for Charity returned from the second race weekend of GT4 Scandinavia with two trophies for the first time this season. Magnus Gustavsen had started the first race in fifth place in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 on the Gelleråsen circuit. After the pit stop Tony Rickardsson took over the cockpit and improved up to second place. In the second race, the two Swedes achieved third position in the field of ten competitors with their seven brands.

Success in South Africa: Marius Jackson contested a guest start in South Africa in the South African GT Challenge with his Audi R8 LMS GT4. As the only entrant in his class, he finished seventh overall with his GT4 model in the second race on the Aldo Scribante circuit amid more powerful GT3 sports cars.

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

First victory for Kevin Engman in Sweden: On his first race weekend in the Audi RS 3 LMS, Kevin Engman was delighted with his first victory in the TCR Scandinavia. On the Gelleråsen circuit, he had started the race in second place behind teammate Tobias Brink. Brink failed to get off to a good start and dropped back to third, allowing Engman to take the lead. When Brink overtook Volkswagen driver Hugo Nerman during the race to take second place, the Audi privateer team Brink Motorsport was assured of its first one-two victory this season. At the season’s halfway point, Tobias Brink in the Audi RS 3 LMS is third in the standings.

Two podium places at the Slovakiaring: Bartosz Groszek was the best Audi privateer in both races on the fifth race weekend of the TCR Eastern Europe. In the first sprint, the Pole steered his Audi RS 3 LMS to second place, in the second race he finished in third position.

Second place in Moscow: Egor Orudzhev recorded a second-place finish in the fourth round of the TCR Russia at the Moscow Raceway. The privateer driver had started the first race from pole position in the Audi RS 3 LMS but had to admit defeat to his opponent Pavel Kalmanovich in a Cupra on lap 3. Only 0.8 seconds behind, Orudzhev from the Lukoil Racing Team crossed the finish line in second place after 13 laps. Dmitry Bragin remains the best Audi privateer in the standings in second place.

Three podium places in Estonia: The Finnish squad LMS Racing was the best Audi customer team in the BEC6H endurance race at the Pärnu circuit. Antti Buri and Kari-Pekka Laaksonen finished second in their class in the Audi RS 3 LMS after six hours of racing. At the same event in Estonia, two sprints of the BaTCC race series were also on the calendar. Valters Zviedris finished the first race in the Audi RS 3 LMS in third place in the TCR class. In the second race, the privateer driver of Team LV Racing won the TCR classification with a 0.9-second advantage over VW driver Mikk Maaten.

Third place twice in Belgium: Team QSR Racing School was on the podium twice in the Belcar Endurance Championship. Joël Uylenbroeck crossed the finish line in third place in his class in the Audi RS 3 LMS in both races on the fourth race weekend at Zolder.

Coming up next week

27–29/08 Lédenon (F), round 5, GT4 France

27–29/08 Road America (USA), round 4, GT4 America SprintX

27–29/08 Road America (USA), round 5, GT America 

27–29/08 Assen (NL), round 3, GTC Race

27–29/08 Assen (NL), round 3, Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy 

27–29/08 Mirabel (CDN), round 4, Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin

28–29/08 Motegi (J), round 4, TCR Japan

28–29/08 Brands Hatch (GB), round 4, GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup