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Season opener with 13 race cars from Audi Sport
customer racing

• 24 Hours of Dubai to kick off the season for Audi on January 12/13
• Five Audi R8 LMS for GT3 and two for GT4
• Six Audi RS 3 LMS in TCR category

Neuburg a. d. Donau, January 5, 2018 – Never before has Audi Sport customer racing’s
representation in Dubai been as strong as this year. 13 of the 93 race cars in the field are
sporting the four rings on their hoods. For the first time, the brand will be on the grid with all
three current products in the GT3, GT4 and TCR classes.

“The 24 Hours of Dubai is an outstanding club sport event,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi
Sport customer racing. “Amateurs share the cockpits with pros, are able to compete with them
and have chances of clinching victories in class and overall.” In 2016, Belgian Audi Club Team
WRT won this endurance race in the Audi R8 LMS and a year ago, Team Cadspeed Racing with
Atech prevailed in the Gulf state with the Audi RS 3 LMS in the TCR class.

This year, Audi Sport customer racing will be represented in the race with its three current
products for the first time. Four teams are fielding the GT3 version of the Audi R8 LMS that is in
contention for overall victory. Team MS7 by WRT is relying on Vincent Mosse’s seasoned and
successful Belgian race team. Also on board will be the two Audi Sport campaigners Christopher
Mies and Dries Vanthoor. Optimum Motorsport in position four of the overall classification was
the best Audi customer team in Dubai a year ago. This year, Audi Sport campaigner Christopher
Haase, winner of the 24 Hours of Spa, is augmenting the UK squad. Car Collection Motorsport is
providing Audi’s largest lineup in the GT3 class once again. The German privateer driver team
from Walluf clinched third place in the A6-Am classification the last two years and won both
rookie titles in the 24H Series at the end of the year. In Dubai, Peter Schmidt’s team will again
compete with two privateer driver lineups and receive support by Audi Sport campaigner Frank
Stippler. For Team BWT Mücke Motorsport, the event marks a premiere as the Berlin-based
squad is contesting a 24-hour race for the first time in its 20-year history. Markus Winkelhock
will be on board as an extremely experienced Audi Sport campaigner, having won an amazing
five 24-hour races plus the 2017 Intercontinental GT Challenge with Audi.

The Audi R8 LMS version that has been prepared for GT4 racing will contest the event in Dubai in
the hands of privateers for the first time. The German Phoenix Racing team from Meuspath is
preparing two race cars for the GT4 class. On board will be a driver team from Hong Kong which
in Marchy Lee and Adderly Fong includes the first two champions of the Audi R8 LMS Cup. The
second driver combination is giving an opportunity to three drivers having been promoted from
another Audi one-make cup: Joonas Lappalainen and Philip Ellis were the title winners in the
Audi Sport TT Cup the last two years and Gosia Rdest was another successful participant.

Five customer teams in the TCR class are completing the brand’s lineup with a total of six Audi
RS 3 LMS cars. Lap 57 Motorsports from the United Arab Emirates, the Swiss Stanco & Tanner
Motorsport by Autorama Wetzikon team, the German Bonk Motorsport company from Münster,
Bas Koeten Racing from the Netherlands and the Belgian AC Motorsport team are representing
Audi’s colors in this class which, with 14 entrants, is well-filled. Following free practice and
qualifying sessions on Thursday, January 11, the 24-hour race will be started at 3:00 PM local
time on Friday, January 12. It will be the first championship round of the 24H GT Series for GT
sports cars and the 24H TCE Series for touring cars.

Driver lineups

GT3

BWT Mücke Motorsport - Audi R8 LMS #9
Ricardo Feller/Christer Jöns/Mike David Ortmann/
Andreas Weishaupt/Markus Winkelhock (CH/D/D/D/D)

Car Collection Motorsport - Audi R8 LMS #33
Ali Çapan/Dimitri Parhofer/Dirg Parhofer/Frank Stippler/Rémi Terrail (TR/D/D/D/F)

Car Collection Motorsport - Audi R8 LMS #34
Wiggo Dalmo/Gustav Edelhoff/Elmar Grimm/Dr. Johannes Kirchhoff/Ingo Vogler (N/D/D/D/D)

Optimum Motorsport - Audi R8 LMS #96
Bradley Ellis/Christopher Haase/Oliver Wilkinson (GB/D/GB)

MS7 by WRT - Audi R8 LMS #777
Mohammed Bin Saud Al Saud/Christopher Mies/Dries Vanthoor/Michael Vergers (KSA/D/B/NL)

GT4

Phoenix Racing - Audi R8 LMS GT #247
Adderly Fong/Charles Kwan/Marchy Lee/Darryl O’Young/Shaun Thong (HK/HK/HK/HK/HK)

Phoenix Racing - Audi R8 LMS GT #248
Philip Ellis/John-Louis Jasper/Joonas Lappalainen/Gosia Rdest (GB/D/FIN/PL)

TCR

Lap 57 Motorsports - Audi RS 3 LMS #57
Abdullah Al Hammadi/Mohammed Al Owais/Ashan Silva/Nadir Zuhour (UAE/UAE/LKA/UAE)

Stanco & Tanner Motorsport by Autorama Wetzikon - Audi RS 3 LMS #112
Ralf Henggeler/Andrew Mollison/Luigi Stanco/Stefan Tanner (CH/GB/I/CH)

Bonk Motorsport - Audi RS 3 LMS #115
Hermann Bock/Max Partl/Rainer Partl (D/D/D)

Bas Koeten Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS #125
Mathijs Bakker/Ronny Jost/Anthony Lambert/JM Littman (NL/CH/B/GB)

Bonk Motorsport - Audi RS 3 LMS #127
Michael Bonk/Axel Burghardt/Volker Piepmeyer/Simon Wirth (D/D/D/D)

AC Motorsport - Audi RS 3 LMS #888
Stéphane Perrin/Vincent Radermecker/Alexandre Renneteau (F/B/F)

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