"Magic" Molina fast and productive
DTM: During the official DTM tests at Valencia new Audi signing Miguel Molina underlined the excellent impression he had previously made during the Audi junior driver evaluation test and further tests. The 21-year old Spaniard was only beaten by ex Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher who was seven thousandths of a second faster than the DTM newcomer. With 330 laps on the board Molina, who already bears the nickname "Magic Molina" within Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, was also the most productive Audi driver. The nine Audi factory drivers spooled off 7,730 test kilometers in four days at Valencia.
Audi R8 LMS points the way in VLN opener
VLN: Team ABT Sportsline claimed second and fourth places with its two Audi R8 LMS in the opening round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring. In the process DTM star Mattias Ekstrom and Emmanuel Collard missed overall victory by a mere 14.5 seconds. Frank Stippler, Marc Basseng and Pierre Kaffer (Phoenix Racing) were unlucky: They held a commanding lead before being forced to retire just after half-distance with gear-shift problems. The new Audi customer team Black Falcon, which started from pole position in its first race with the R8 LMS thanks to Johannes Stuck, also made a resounding impression.
Mark Eddy twice in the top ten
GT3 Australia: Australian Mark Eddy scored a pair of top-ten finishes in his new Audi R8 LMS in the hotly contested Australian GT Championship (40 entries), which supported the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. The second of the three races was aborted and cancelled following an accident at the start.
Initiated by Audi factory driver Timo Scheider, the charity event "Race-4-Kids on Snow" produced donations of about 10,000 Euros. The DTM champion and his team finished second in the snow-kart race in Kuhtai (Austria) ... Audi Sport Team Joest has entered an Audi R15 TDI for the 8-hour race at Le Castellet on 11 April ^a Following an invitation from FIA President Jean Todt Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen celebrated his debut as a steward at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne ... During the 2010 season the newly formed Belgian team W Racing will also contest the French GT Championship alongside the Belcar series with its two Audi R8 LMS ... In preparation for the FIA GT3 European Championship the R8 customer team United Autosports competes in the opening round of the British GT Championship held at Oulton Park on the Easter weekend.
Coming up next week
April 4/5: French GT Championship Nogaro (F)
April 4/5: British GT Championship Oulton Park (GB)
April 5: Alexandre Premat's birthday (28-years old)