Halliday and Ortelli on the podium
GT3 France: David Halliday and Stephane Ortelli took podium positions in both French GT Championship races in an Audi R8 LMS (Audi Team Oreca) at Val de Vienne, France. David Halliday, who started from pole position for the first race, relinquished his lead early, but was able to defend second place along with Ortelli to the checkered flag in the high summer temperatures. In the second race Halliday/Ortelli finished third. Their Oreca team mates Soheil Ayari and Bruno Hernandez were fifth in both races. In Sunday's race the Audi drivers Stephane Lemeret and Greg Franchi (WRT), who retired after an accident from the first race, moved up to fourth place.
Brinkmann Motorsport score twice
GT Open: Brinkmann Motorsport started the fourth International GT Open race of the season at Spa-Francorchamps as sole Audi team. Around the famous Belgian race track the Dutch drivers Siebrand Dijkstra and Arjan van der Zwann took seventh place in both races in the Audi R8 LMS and, in doing so, scored points twice. Phoenix Racing did not start at the track in the Ardennes following the accident at Imola.
The press conference leading up to the DTM race at the Norisring is held on Tuesday between 11:00 and 12:00 in the Breuninger department store in the Karolinenstraße in Nuremberg. Present for Audi are Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider who will sign autographs afterwards ... The Japanese "Super Taikyu" GT series is open for GT3 class cars for the first time in 2011, which therefore also allows the use of the Audi R8 LMS in Japan ... On Monday and Tuesday Mike Rockenfeller put in some laps around the Audi factories in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt in the Audi R15 TDI which was victorious in the 24 Hours of Le Mans ... Le Mans winners Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas visit the DTM race at the Norisring this coming weekend.
Coming up next week
July 2 -4: DTM Norisring (D)
July 2 -4: FIA GT3 Le Castellet (F)
July 2 -4: Italian GT Championship Imola (I)
July 3: Endurance Championship Nurburgring (D)