First trophies for the Audi RS 3 LMS on debut

In the second sprint, all four Audi drivers avoided a midfield turmoil. From twelfth on the grid, Nathanaël Berthon improved to seventh position, followed by Gilles Magnus and Tom Coronel. On the last of three laps, Berthon overtook former world champion Yvan Muller. So the 32-year-old pro driver recorded the best result of the weekend for the Audi RS 3 LMS in sixth place. Gilles Magnus won the Trophy classification in ninth place overall ahead of Tom Coronel. Frédéric Vervisch was forced onto the grass by a competitor at high speed and retired with a damaged radiator.

In the FIA WTCR Trophy standings, 21-year-old junior driver Gilles Magnus leads the field by one point ahead of Coronel. After the first of eight World Cup rounds, the team and drivers have a three-week break before the second round in Estoril, Portugal.

Audi Sport customer racing has unveiled the Audi RS 3 LMS in February and is developing the new entry-level touring car in tests and in FIA WTCR races for customers around the world. Deliveries will begin in the second half of the year. The brand has produced 180 cars of the predecessor model, which have clinched 55 titles worldwide from 2017 to date.