Class victory for Audi in Australia

Phoenix Racing had no chance of clinching another podium success due to the rating of the race car. Ernst Moser’s squad that had won at Mount Panorama in 2012 remained within striking distance up to the final stage with its driver trio Davison/Vanthoor/Winkelhock due to strong driving performances and clever pit stop tactics but, in the end, had to settle for fourth place. “We would really have liked to battle for a podium place,” Ernst Moser said regretfully. “But, in view of the current handicap, that’s impossible.” 

Another Audi customer team saw the checkered flag in the endurance test on the famous roller-coaster track in Australia as well: International Motorsport in the proven Audi R8 LMS ultra finished in position eleven and thus in third place of the amateur classification. 

Race results 

1 Parente/Van Gisbergen/Webb (McLaren), 297 laps

2 Chiyo/Kelly/Strauss (Nissan) +1.276s

3 Bell/Kane/Smith (Bentley), +48.503s

4 Davison/Vanthoor/Winkelhock (Audi R8 LMS) +1m 05.621s

5 Bastian/Jäger/Reynolds (Mercedes) –1 lap

6 Antunes/Mawer/Taylor (Audi R8 LMS) –3 laps

7 Soucek/Soulet/Russell (Bentley) –4 laps

8 McLaughlin/Rast/Tander (Audi R8 LMS) –4 laps

9 Bell/Davison/Watson (McLaren) –5 laps

10 Lago/Owen/Youlden (Lamborghini) –6 laps

11 Armstrong/Bagnall/Halliday (Audi R8 LMS ultra) –10 laps