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Audi Sport to start 2018 season in America and
Australia with strong customer teams


Daytona 24 Hours to open North American IMSA Series
Intercontinental GT Challenge to kick off with Bathurst 12 Hour in Australia


Neuburg a. d. Donau, January 19, 2018 – Two weeks following the one-two win in the 24-
hour race in Dubai, the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 will now be racing in North America. The
audience there will get to see the customer sport race car for the first time in the traditional
opening round of the IMSA Series at Daytona from January 27 to 28. Just one week later, on
February 4, the Intercontinental GT Challenge will kick off in Australia.


With its product offensive Audi Sport customer racing is strengthening its presence in
international motor racing. “While motorsport in many series is still at rest at the beginning of
the year our customers are already racing in three international events,” says Chris Reinke, Head
of Audi Sport customer racing. “We’re particularly pleased to see how popular our new models
already are. The GT3 and GT4 versions of the Audi R8 LMS and the Audi RS 3 LMS are in high
international demand.” In Dubai, a total of 13 driver squads relied on one of these three race
cars. At Daytona, the touring and the two GT sports cars are competing as well. The Audi R8 LMS
GT3 will be battling in the 24-hour race for Audi’s third victory in the GTD class after 2013 and
2016. Team Magnus Racing was victorious two years ago and is returning with an Audi R8 LMS.
The cockpit will be shared by three Americans, John Potter, Andy Lally, Andrew Davis, and
German Audi Sport driver Markus Winkelhock. Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport in 2017
just barely missed victory by 0.293 seconds and is going to race with the two Audi Sport
campaigners Christopher Mies and Kelvin van der Linde, plus his brother, Sheldon van der Linde,
and Jeffrey Schmidt.


As part of the supporting program of the iconic 24-hour race, spectators can expect to see a
strong field and thrilling battles in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. TCR race cars are
admitted for the first time. Five teams from Audi Sport customer racing’s circle are fielding a
total of seven Audi RS 3 LMS. In the GS class, three Audi R8 LMS GT4 cars, distributed to two
teams, are making their debut. Both classes are contesting a joint 4-hour race.


In Australia, Audi will be battling for overall victory seven days later. In 2011 and 2012,
customer teams supported by Audi Sport customer racing won the 12-hour classic on the
Bathurst race track with the Audi R8 LMS. The challenging roller coaster circuit 200 kilometers
west of Sydney will open the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge. Rounds in Europe, Asia and
North America complete the calendar. Audi in 2016 and 2017 was the overall winner in the
drivers’ and manufacturers’ classifications. This year, the four rings are tackling the defense of
both titles.


Eight GT3 race cars are taking on the challenge in Australia. Team Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing
will be on the grid with five Audi Sport drivers, Kelvin van der Linde, Frédéric Vervisch,
Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies and Markus Winkelhock, plus local touring car ace Garth
Tander. Audi Sport Team WRT is contesting a race in Australia for the first time. One of the two
cockpits will be shared by Audi Sport campaigners Robin Frijns and Dries Vanthoor with
Blancpain GT Sprint Champion Stuart Leonard. At the wheel of the second WRT Audi will be last
year’s FIA WEC GT Am Trophy winners Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy together
with local hero Will Davison. Three privateer teams from Australia and one from New Zealand
are completing the circle of Audi’s customer teams at Bathurst. “This puts us in a good position
in America and in Australia for the next two endurance races,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi
Sport customer racing.


Driver lineups


Daytona GT3


Magnus Racing - Audi R8 LMS

Andrew Davis/Andy Lally/John Potter/Markus Winkelhock (USA/USA/USA/D)


Montaplast by Land-Motorsport - Audi R8 LMS

Kelvin van der Linde/Sheldon van der Linde/Christopher Mies/Jeffrey Schmidt (ZA/ZA/D/CH)


Daytona GT4


GMG Racing - Audi R8 LMS GT4

Daren Jorgensen/Cameron Lawrence/Rick Parfitt Jr. (USA/USA/USA)


GMG Racing - Audi R8 LMS GT4

Andrew Davis/George Kurtz/James Sofronas (USA/USA/USA)


CarBahn Motorsports - Audi R8 LMS GT4

Sameer Gandhi/Tyler McQuarrie/Mark Siegel/Jeff Westphal (USA/USA/USA/USA)


Daytona TCR


eEuroParts - Audi RS 3 LMS

Lee Carpentier/Kieron O’Rourke (USA/USA)


Compass Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS

Rodrigo Sales/Kuno Wittmer (USA/CDN)


Compass Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS

Roy Block/Pierre Kleinubing (RA/BR)


Compass Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS

Britt Casey Jr./Tom Long (USA/USA)


JDC Motorsports - Audi RS 3 LMS

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Murillo Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS

Matt Fassnacht/Justin Piscitel (USA/USA)


RS Werkes - Audi RS 3 LMS

Don Istock (USA)


Bathurst GT3


Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing - Audi R8 LMS

Kelvin van der Linde/Garth Tander/Frédéric Vervisch (ZA/AUS/B)


Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing - Audi R8 LMS

Christopher Haase/Christopher Mies/Markus Winkelhock (D/D/D)


Audi Sport Team WRT - Audi R8 LMS

Robin Frijns/Stuart Leonard/Dries Vanthoor (NL/GB/B)


Audi Sport Team WRT - Audi R8 LMS

Paul Dalla Lana/Will Davison/Pedro Lamy/Mathias Lauda (CDN/AUS/P/A)


Supabarn - Audi R8 LMS

James Koundouris/Theo Koundouris/Duvashen Padayachee/Ash Walsh (AUS/AUS/AUS/AUS)


Hallmarc - Audi R8 LMS

Marc Cini/Dean Fiore/Lee Holdsworth (AUS/AUS/AUS)


ASR - Audi R8 LMS

Daniel Gaunt/Ash Samadi/NN (NZ/AUS)


International Motorsport - Audi R8 LMS

Richard Bagnall/Matt Halliday/Jonny Reid (NZ/NZ/NZ)