Audi’s latest GT3 race car might be a mere 10 weeks old, but it’s already bringing top-podium finishes. The recent 24-hour-long battle at the ‘Ring saw major German automakers like Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes vie for the checkered in a nail-biter where the lead swapped hands a total of 35 times, a new record for the 45-year-old event. But in the end, it was the #28 R8 LMS of Audi Sport Team WRT that took top honors.
Piloting the racer was Christopher Mies, Nico Muller, Edward Sandstrom, and Laurens Vanthoor. Taking second was the #25 BMW Z4 GT3, which completed the race 40 seconds behind the Audi, with the #44 Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R coming in third one lap down. The pole-sitting #26 Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 and #5 Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 rounded out the top five finishes.
“This was a weekend of thrilling racing, as well as an intense and nerve-wracking one,” said Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Sincere congratulations to our winners who never lost their cool even in the face of some minor irregularities, and held up to the pressure.”
As the race wore into its second and third hours, rain began to fall, followed by heavier showers at the five-hour mark. Over 30 cars were forced to retire, falling victim to mechanical issues, on-track collisions and adverse conditions, but the #28 R8 persevered, even overcoming a flash fire in the pits during a refuel with just four hours left on the clock.
“The whole squad of Audi Sport customer racing is happy to see the new R8 LMS instantly delivering on our promise of it being a competitive, attractive and reliable race car our customers can look forward to starting this fall,” said Liebchen.
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