Exploits for Ekstrom and Pirro in Beijing
ROC: As many as two Audi drivers were successful at the "Race of Champions" in Beijing: Audi "factory" driver Mattias Ekstrom -- after 2006 and 2007 -- won the competition of the world's best race and rally drivers for as much as the third time. Ekstrom defeated his teammate Tom Kristensen, Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button and Formula 1 record world champion Michael Schumacher at the event. In the supporting program the former Audi "factory" driver Emanuele Pirro secured victory in the "ROC Beijing Challenge." The Italian prevailed against Dakar winner Giniel de Villiers in the finale.
Frank Biela wins 24-hour race on the Nurburgring
RCCO: Last weekend, Frank Biela celebrated what may well have been the most unusual victory in his motorsport career. Together with two motorsport journalists the Audi driver won the mini-24-hour race on the Nurburgring -- an endurance race for true-to-detail, scale 1:24 slot cars. The winning car covered the record distance of 7,924 laps on the six-lane Sudschleife -- which equates to a distance of almost 320 kilometers.
DTM champion stressed by a full calendar
DTM: Timo Scheider is currently rushing from one commitment to the next. As the new and old DTM champion, the Audi "factory" driver is in high demand. Among other things, Scheider attended the Bundesliga (federal league) match between FC Bayern Munchen and FC Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. On Saturday night the DTM champion was one of the many prominent guests at the 28th German Sports Press Ball at the "Alte Oper" in Frankfurt, billed as "Sports without Frontiers" this year. Scheider's Audi A4 DTM was also showcased at the press ball.
Dindo Capello challenges Valentino Rossi
Le Mans: At the "Monza Rally Show" Audi "factory" driver Dindo Capello will again challenge motorbike world champion Valentino Rossi from November 27 to 29. Drivers from other motorsport categories also regularly compete against each other in WRC vehicles at the rally around the Autodrom at Monza. Dindo Capello has won the popular event as many as four times, in 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2008; Valentino Rossi has won twice so far (in 2006 and 2007).
Okyama results corrected
Asian Le Mans Series: Christian Bakkerud and Oliver Jarvis have regained their third position in the first of the two rounds of the new Asian Le Mans Series at Okyama (Japan). A time penalty had been given to the Team Kolles which, however, was scrapped after five hours of discussions. This means Oliver Jarvis has clinched a podium result at his first ever sports car race with the Audi R10 TDI.
Audi R8 LMS is one of the developments of the year
GT3: In the eyes of the expert judging panel of the "Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards" the new Audi R8 LMS is one of the "vehicle developments of the year 2009" -- an award that was presented at the MotorSport World Expo in Cologne. The R8 LMS, which clinched as many as three champion's titles and won 23 races right in its debut season, was one of just four race cars nominated for the award -- and the only sports car in the production-derived GT3 category.