Audi Sport customer racing scored further successes with its customer teams last weekend. In round two of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, the Audi R8 LMS drove to its first victory this season. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 triumphed again in the Canadian Touring Car Championship and clinched podium finishes in the United States as well. In addition, several top-three results went to the Audi RS 3 LMS.
Audi R8 LMS GT3
First victory this season: Belgian Audi Club Team WRT scored its first victory this season in round two of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe at Misano (Italy). In an Audi R8 LMS, Belgian Audi Sport driver Dries Vanthoor and his compatriot Charles Weerts won in extremely hot weather conditions. Thus, 18-year-old Weerts is the youngest winner in the history of the Blancpain GT Series. Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, while running in second position, had made perfect use of a safety car period for the driver change from Vanthoor to Weerts and captured the lead. Weerts held up to the pressure from his immediate rivals and safely brought home an advantage of nearly three seconds. For Dries Vanthoor, following his victory with Audi Sport Team Phoenix in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, this marked the second triumph within the space of one week. In third position, Audi Sport drivers Christopher Haase (Germany) and Simon Gachet (France) from French Team Saintéloc Racing finished on the podium at Misano too.
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Continuing to be unbeaten: Parker Thompson at Shannonville Motorsport Park also dominated the third race weekend of the Canadian Touring Car Championship. In an Audi R8 LMS GT4 from Speedstar Motorsport, the Canadian won both races of the weekend. As a result, Thompson, who was previously unbeatable at Mosport and Calabogie, has won all six races of the season to date.
Third podium in succession: With third position in round four of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Watkins Glen (USA), Carbahn Motorsport, following victory at Sebring and third place at Mid-Ohio, secured its third podium finish. Jeff Westphal and Tyler McQuarrie in an Audi R8 LMS GT4 had entered the race from the fourth spot on the grid and, finishing in third, trailed the winners by merely five seconds after the four-hour distance. With a four-point deficit, Westphal/McQuarrie are the runners-up in the current drivers’ standings.