Audi ready to produce R8
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.