The Audi pairing of Kelvin van der Linde (21, ZA) and Markus Pommer (26, DEU) took the win in Sunday’s ADAC GT Masters race at the Nürburgring and thereby also secured a maiden victory in the GT Masters for Aust Motorsport. Nick Catsburg (29, NL) […]
During the past weekend, Kelvin van der Linde secured a respectable top-10 finish at the latest edition of the Spa 24 Hours along with his Audi Sport team mates, Pierre Kaffer and frank Stippler. The weekend got off to a steady start after Qualifying for […]
- Audi Sport customer racing in Belgium with four factory-supported Audi R8 LMS cars
- Fourth overall victory in the crosshairs
- A total of ten Audi R8 LMS competing at the 24-hour race
Ingolstadt, June 15, 2017 – The Audi Sport customer racing driver line-up for Spa has been confirmed: twelve international drivers compete with four factory-supported Audi R8 LMS cars at the next great endurance classic in the international GT calendar. In addition, six other privately entered Audi R8 LMS cars will race. The aim: to take the fourth victory after 2011, 2012 and 2014. The race takes place on July 29 and 30 on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian-German border region.
Just three weeks ago, Kelvin van der Linde, Christopher Mies, Connor De Phillippi and Markus Winkelhock triumphed at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. In Belgium they will once again line up for Audi – this time however in three different teams. The Spa 24 Hours counts towards the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup as well as the Intercontinental GT Challenge. “We are sending our four factory-supported race cars to compete under the supervision of experienced teams who regularly contest the Blancpain GT Series,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Together we have drawn up promising combinations of drivers that should enable us to fight for victory in the Ardennes.”
Audi Sport Team WRT has taken part in the event as a factory-supported team ever since 2011. I.S.R. Racing from the Czech Republic and Saintéloc Racing from France are given this status for the first time ever in Spa. Three experienced professionals alternate in every car. In René Rast, Frank Stippler and Markus Winkelhock, there are three veterans on board who have already won the endurance classic with Audi. In addition to this line-up, Belgian Club Team WRT is set to enter privately four more Audi R8 LMS cars. I.S.R. Racing and Saintéloc Racing each plan to compete with an additional race car.
Audi Sport customer racing supports the following teams:
Audi Sport Team I.S.R.
Pierre Kaffer/Kelvin van der Linde/Frank Stippler (D/ZA/D)
Audi Sport Team Saintéloc
Jules Gounon/Christopher Haase/Markus Winkelhock (F/D/D)
Audi Sport Team WRT
René Rast/Nico Müller/Antonio García (D/CH/E)
Christopher Mies/Connor De Phillippi/Frédéric Vervisch (D/USA/B)
On May 28, Audi won the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the fourth time. The background and the facts on the victory in the Eifel. After three GT3 class victories from 2009 to 2011, the Audi R8 LMS has now achieved its fourth overall victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. […]
Fourth victory in five calendar years: After 2012, 2014 and 2015, the overall victory in 2017 once again went to the Audi R8 LMS. This makes the race car from Audi Sport customer racing the most successful sports car since 2012, at which time the […]
Round 3 of the Australian GT Championship at Barbagallo Raceway marked another important step in the 2017 Australian GT title race for Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery, as the pair leave Barbagallo Raceway second in the drivers Championship.
After a closely contested Qualifying on Friday afternoon, Audi secured a 1-2-3 on the starting grid with the 74 entry of Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery lining up in second place on the grid.
For Race 1, Jamec Pem Racing decided to gamble on the tyre strategy at a circuit where tyre degradation was extremely high. Expecting a safety car at some point in the race, it was decided to start the first stint on a used set of tyres from Qualifying and planned to change to a set of new tyres at the pitstop. With 90% of the grid starting on new tyres, Kelvin had to work extremely hard to stay with the lead group in the opening stint, managing to maintain a 3 second deficit to leader Ash Walsh before the pitstops. One lap before the pitstop window opened, the safety car was called out, playing perfectly into Jamec Pem Racing’s hands. The field was bunched up and car 74 was now the only car on fresh tyres going into the final 25 minutes of the race. Geoff Emery drove a brilliant race fighting to P2 before having to serve a drive through penalty caused by a Yellow Flag Infringement while Kelvin was entering pit lane. The drive through dropped the pair back to P8 but Geoff was not willing to give up and brought the car home in P4 after a fantastic recovery drive.
Race 2, the team opted for the same strategy that worked so well in Race 1. Geoff drove a great stint holding off the group behind to bring the 74 car into the pits in P4. With a new set of tyres and a big gap to the cars in front, Kelvin got straight to work and started picking off the field one by one. After a thrilling stint, one that Kelvin descried as “One of the best in my career”, the Jamec Pem Racing car for Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery came home in a fantastic P3 at a racetrack which never suited a PRO-PRO driver pairing due to the Australian GT Pitstop Penalty Regulations based on driver ranking.
The result bumped the pair to second in the Australian GT Championship with 2 Rounds to go in Townsville and Sandown.
Kelvin is set to miss the first Round of the AGT Endurance Championship at Phillip Island in 2 weeks time due to a clash with the Nurburgring 24HR race. Kelvin will be replaced by Garth Tander for this round and will be back in the car for the remaining rounds of the year.
P3 today from the back! P2 in the Championship – Ready to fight for the Title in Townsville & Sandown! 🏁 pic.twitter.com/miyK3t5HoT
— Kelvin van der Linde (@KelvinvdLinde) May 7, 2017
Despite a slow start to the weekend. Audi Sport Team Land managed to secure the all important blue light and an automatic spot in the Top 30 shootout for next months famous 24H Nurburgring! Car #28 was shared by Kelvin van der Linde, Pierre Kaffer […]
Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia proved the class of the field at Round 2 of the Australian GT Championship race at Albert Park, claiming two race wins, including a 1-2-3 in the opening race, and the overall round victory.
Kelvin van der Linde was unbeatable in the #74 Valvoline Audi R8 LMS, setting a new qualifying record and claiming two thrilling victories to finish the weekend with maximum points from his sessions.
He was well supported by Geoff Emery, who narrowly missed out on pole in Qualifying 2. He then raced on to a strong eighth in the opening race and fourth in the final race, handing he and van der Linde the overall round victory.
“Kelvin did an awesome job this weekend,” Emery said after the final race of the weekend. “Really it was just up to me to keep it on the black stuff and bring it home! It was a great weekend!”
The next round of the championship is set to take place in one month’s time at Barbagallo Raceway.