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Audi Sport Has Most Successful Racing Season Ever With 157 Wins

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TrackWorthy - Audi 25h Thunderhill 2017
“The competitive situation in GT3 racing and in the TCR category is fierce at the moment – which makes these successes all the more valuable and remarkable.”Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport Customer Racing
2017 was the most successful racing season ever for Audi Sport. In total, with all customer sport race cars, the teams participated in 527 races from January to December 2017, clinched 428 podiums and 157 victories. All of this was achieved with the first and second-generation Audi R8 LMS and the new Audi RS 3 LMS, making Audi Sport one of the leading brands in international customer racing.

“Congratulations to our customer teams and all campaigners on an exceptional 2017 season,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “They’ve clinched victories and titles in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. The competitive situation in GT3 racing and in the TCR category is fierce at the moment – which makes these successes all the more valuable and remarkable.”

The championship wins include the drivers’ titles with the Audi R8 LMS in Australia, Europe, China, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Two titles in hill-climb racing complete the GT3 tally. For the first time, two drivers won titles in the new Audi RS 3 LMS in Russia and America. In addition to the overall drivers’ classifications, Audi customers scored ten class titles, from teams’ classifications through to manufacturers’ and rookies’ trophies.
Audi Sport’s tally in individual endurance races was also impressive. Three teams, supported by Audi Sport for the first time, won three major endurance events: Audi Sport Team Land won the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Audi Sport Team Saintéloc won the iconic 24 Hours of Spa and Audi Sport Team Magnus won the inaugural 8 Hours of California. Team Car Collection Motorsport mounted the very top of the podium in the Imola 12 Hours and Flying Lizard Motorsports triumphed in the Thunderhill 25 Hours. These results marked the fourth overall victory for Audi at the Nürburgring, at Spa and at Thunderhill. In the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport achieved a class victory. Besides these successes of the Audi R8 LMS, the Audi RS 3 LMS demonstrated its qualities on the endurance track as well: Team Cadspeed Racing with Atech won its class in the Dubai 24 Hours; Bonk Motorsport was unbeatable in the Mugello 12 Hours. And, finally, the Audi one-make cups delivered varied racing also: Alessio Picariello is the champion in the Audi R8 LMS Cup in Asia and Philip Ellis in the Audi Sport TT Cup in Germany.

The new Audi R8 LMS GT4 celebrated its premiere this year. It will be available to customers starting in the 2018 season. In its first test races, the production-based sports car with a victory and a third place has already contributed initial successes to the track record of Audi Sport customer racing.


Overall Driver Successes in Championships

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