Audi Sport customers celebrated podium results and victories around the globe. The season openers in Germany and Russia went particularly well.
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Strong start to the season at Oschersleben: The 2018 ADAC GT Masters began with a one-two win for Audi Sport’s customers. Austrian Max Hofer, who contested the 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup, and his British teammate Philip Ellis, who decided this one-make cup in his favor last year, were the first winners this season with Phoenix Racing.
Trailing them by just 2.3 seconds, a second Audi R8 LMS crossed the finish line: South African brothers Sheldon and Kelvin van der Linde clinched second place for Montaplast by Land-Motorsport. As a result, Ellis and Hofer, after the first race weekend, are two of four drivers in the top spot of the standings tied on points. Likewise, Phoenix Racing is one of two squads sharing position one in the teams’ standings.
Two victories at Hockenheim: In the DMV GTC season opener, the customers of Audi Sport made a strong showing. Land-Motorsport won the first race at Hockenheim with “Ronny C’Rock” in an Audi R8 LMS. Third place was secured by Carrie Schreiner from Team HCB-Rutronik Racing. The up-and-coming lady driver attracted everyone’s attention in race two when she clinched the lead and kept it up until the finish. In addition, together with Fabian Plentz, she won the Dunlop 60 race. Third position in this race went to HCB-Rutronik Racing as well with Fabian Plentz and Tommy Tulpe in another Audi R8 LMS.
Trophy in Malaysia: In the opening event of the Blancpain GT Series Asia, Team Absolute Racing won a trophy with the Audi R8 LMS. The Chinese Anthony Liu and his Australian teammate Josh Burdon clinched second place on the circuit at Sepang as the best of six Audi driver squads.