Audi R8 LMS top in Europe and Australia

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Audi customer team Saintéloc Racing in front in GT4 France: The Audi R8 LMS GT4 remained unbeaten on the second race weekend of GT4 France. Last year’s champions Grégory Guilvert/Fabien Michal won the first one-hour race at Magny-Cours from seventh on the grid with a 4.1 second advantage. In the second race, their teammates Olivier Esteves/Anthony Beltoise, who started from pole position, won by 6.6 seconds while Guilvert/Michal finished third.

Class success in the Eifel: Team GITI Tire Motorsport by WS Racing was the only participant and won the SP8 classification in the qualifying race at the Nürburgring. The two regular drivers Carrie Schreiner and Célia Martin received support from Laura Kraihamer and Fabienne Wohlwend in the Audi R8 LMS GT4. On the first weekend in June, the team will contest the Nürburgring 24 Hours with all-female power: All of the team’s workforce from engineering to management and driver squad are female.

Audi RS 3 LMS

Leading the TCR Europe standings: Team Comtoyou Racing made a strong start to the 2021 season after winning last year’s TCR Europe championship title. Tom Coronel captured the first pole position in the Audi RS 3 LMS at the Slovakiaring but lost a place at the start. Later, the Dutchman dropped back another three positions. Belgian Nicolas Baert, who started from third place, passed Coronel in another Audi RS 3 LMS fielded by Comtoyou Racing on the fourth lap. Last year’s rookie champion did not relinquish his second place until the finish. In qualifying and in both sprints, Comtoyou Racing collected a total of 113 points as the best of nine teams and thus has a nine-point advantage.

Overall victory in South America: Team IMPA Motors Racing won the opening round of the Campeonato Gaúcho de Super Turismo at the Autódromo de Guaporé in Brazil. In a mixed field of 30 touring cars, GT models and prototypes, Arthur Caleffi/Junior Victorette in the Audi RS 3 LMS established an advantage of 0.473 seconds over the course of two hours of racing.

Class victory in Belgium: At the opening round of the Belcar Endurance Championship, the QSR Racing School team was delighted with a class win. Joël Uylenbroeck won the TA class in the Audi RS 3 LMS at Zolder after 388 kilometers of racing with a one-lap advantage.

TCR victory at the Slovakiaring: In the second round of the Eset Cup, Team BTC Maszyny from Poland won the TCR classification in the endurance race. Bartosz Groszek achieved this success at the wheel of an Audi RS 3 LMS.

From seventh on the grid to the podium: On the second weekend of the Italian club sport racing series Coppa Italia Turismo Carlotta Fedeli managed a remarkable recovery in the first sprint. The 29-year-old driver had started seventh in the Audi RS 3 LMS fielded by RC Motorsport at Imola. In the course of just 25 minutes of racing, the Roman advanced to second place among the 17 TCR competitors within a strong field.

Third place at the start of the season: Team Huffsport TM was the best of three Audi customer teams at the TCR China opener in Shanghai. Yang Xi led the second sprint race as the best amateur driver in the Audi RS 3 LMS until the penultimate lap. It was only on the last lap that two Pro drivers overtook him, but the Chinese still won the Am classification in third place overall.

Coming up next week

14–15/05 Hockenheim (D), round 2, GT2 European Series

14–16/05 Mid-Ohio (USA), round 3, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

14–16/05 Mid-Ohio (USA), round 3, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

14–16/05 Oschersleben (D), round 1, ADAC GT Masters

14–16/05 Oschersleben (D), round 1, ADAC GT4 Germany

14–16/05 Oschersleben (D), round 1, ADAC TCR Germany

14–16/05 Riga (LV), round 1, BaTCC

15/05 Phakisa (ZA), round 2, GH Extreme Supercars 

15–16/05 Smolenskring (RUS), round 1, TCR Russia

15–16/05 Le Castellet (F), round 1, GT Cup Open Europe

15–16/05 Autopolis (J), round 2, TCR Japan

15–16/05 Le Castellet (F), round 1, International GT Open