Audi R8 LMS indicates its potential
VLN: At its first test race in the BFGoodrich Endurance Championship on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife, the Audi R8 LMS indicated its potential. In qualifying, Hans-Joachim Stuck achieved the third-best time in class with the new GT3 sports car and ninth overall out of 171 vehicles. In the race, Stuck, Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro set promising lap times as well. However, due to fuel supply problems each of the three Audi drivers had to pit early to refuel. In addition, the team used the opportunity to test various set-up versions during the race.
One point for Team Kolles at LMS debut
LMS: Private Audi customer team Kolles was struck by major misfortune at its debut in the European-based Le Mans Series (LMS): Christijan Albers and Christian Bakkerud started from the third row of the Circuit de Catalunya at Barcelona in their Audi R10 TDI cars. They were running in position three for part of the time before suspension damage forced them to retire in the final third of the race. The second R10 TDI lost a lot of time as early in the race due to a puncture and an excursion into a gravel trap. When the vehicle was pulled out, the rear was damaged in the process. After six hours, Michael Krumm, Andrew Meyrick and Charles Zwolsman occupied eighth place in the LMP1 class and thus still scored one championship point.
Audi "factory" drivers in school
DTM: Katherine Legge, Oliver Jarvis and Alexandre Premat have decided to brush up on their German language skills by the time the DTM season kicks off at Hockenheim on May 17. Last week the three Audi "factory" drivers again spent up to six hours per day in a German class in Ingolstadt.
DTM Champion stops in Dusseldorf
DTM: Eleven days before the official DTM presentation on April 19 in Dusseldorf, Audi "factory" driver Timo Scheider stops in the state capital of North-Rhine-Westphalia. As the reigning DTM Champion, the German who now lives in Austria will answer journalists' questions at a press conference in Dusseldorf's city hall on Wednesday starting at 11 a.m.