Audi ready to pro­duce R8

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AF­TER all four new Audi R8 LMS cars saw the check­ered flag in a sod­den 24Hours Spa in Bel­gium last week­end, Audi said it will in Septem­ber pro­duce the new Audi R8 LMS on four con­ti­nents.

Audi took sec­ond and third over­all, plus a class vic­tory in the Spa 24, be­hind the home team of BMW Sports Tro­phy Team Marc VDS.

The #46 BMW Z4 driven by Nick Cats­burg, Markus Palt­tala and Lu­cas Luhr com­pleted 536 laps, tak­ing fastest lap for good mea­sure, cross­ing the line a lap ahead of the #2 Audi Sport Team WRT in a typ­i­cally event­ful race in change­able weather.

Third was the #5 Audi Sport Team Phoenix, who claimed the last podium spot one hour from the end when the #99 Rowe Rac­ing Mercedes was pushed into the box with a bro­ken al­ter­na­tor.

All other can­di­dates for the win lost time due to tech­ni­cal prob­lems or com­pletely fell by the way­side af­ter an in­ci­dent, es­pe­cially dur­ing the tricky con­di­tions of the early hours.

In Pro-Am, the #47 AF Corse Fer­rari of Bruni, Pier Guidi, Lémeret and Lathouras moved up dur­ing the night to even­tu­ally take an em­phatic class win and fifth over­all to boot.

The sis­ter car, the #51 AF Corse Fer­rari of Guedes, Rigon, Cameron and Grif­fin, fin­ished two laps down in sec­ond, but that was more than enough for Dun­can Cameron and Matt Grif­fin to wrap up the 2015 Pro-Am Cup driv­ers’ ti­tle in the Blanc­pain En­durance Se­ries. AF Corse did the same in the teams’ clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

The Am Cup was dom­i­nated by the #24 Team Parker Rac­ing Audi, which led al­most from start.

Log­gie, West­wood, McLeod and Si­mon­sen crossed the line with a two lap ad­van­tage over a very con­sis­tent #56 At­tempto Rac­ing Porsche and the #111 Kes­sel Rac­ing Fer­rari. — WR.

Only the start was sunny as the rest of the To­tal 24-hour Spa en­durance race in Bel­gium took place in sod­den con­di­tions. Nick Cats­burg, Markus Palt­tala and Lu­cas Luhr raced their #46 BMW Z4 (inset) fault­lessly to com­plete 536 laps for a win on home soil.

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