September 7, 2012 (Opelika, Ala.) - Two weeks ago, Dr. Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke recorded the first top-ten for the no. 51 APR Audi R8 at the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. A lot has changed since then - including a complete shift in the sports car racing landscape with the announcement of the merger between the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM for the 2014 season.
With the excitement of that announcement and the momentum from Montreal, Norman and von Moltke are looking forward to this weekend's Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, on the legendary 2.2-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. While for the first time an Audi R8 will descend the legendary Corkscrew, both Norman and von Moltke are very familiar with the Northern California track and will put that experience to work in dialing in their no. 51 APR Audi R8.
"I have had some great memories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - I won my first ever car race there in the Skip Barber Series, winning two out of two the first time I raced at this track," said von Moltke. "I cannot wait to drive the Audi R8 around Laguna. Our team has been hard at work this entire season and our car is really starting to come alive. We have had a few weeks to look over data and consider setup options for Laguna to get us closer to the front. APR Motorsport, Jim and I will also have a lot of support this weekend from a large group of PRNewswire clients, and an incredibly large and enthusiastic showing from the Audi Club Golden Gate Chapter, the largest in the country. I know having everyone there will keep us completely focused at the task at hand this weekend."
"I'm really looking forward to going for a ride down the Corkscrew in our amazing Audi R8 Grand-Am," said Norman. "Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of my favorite tracks and I've had some success there in the past. I'm sure the pictures of our beautiful car cresting that hill will become iconic within days."
APR Motorsport's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge team is returning to action for the first time since July's Brickyard Sports Car Challenge. Five cars strong, APR Motorsport has scored wins in each year it has competed in the CTSCC, a streak it continued this year when Aleks Altberg and David Cheng took a narrow victory at the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Road America in June. The duo scored another top-ten at Indianapolis.
Looking for their first win of the year will be Josh Hurley and Nate Norenberg in the no. 161 APR VW GTI, who had a strong run going at Indianapolis before a mechanical failure sidelined the car. Daniel LaRiva and Christian Perez, in the no. 191 APR VW Jetta GLI, as well as Juan Pablo Sierra and Juan Alvarez in the no. 181 APR VW Jetta GLIs, are looking for their first top-ten of the year. Hector Guerrero and Daytona Prototype driver Alex Popow will partner again in the GS-class no. 41 APR Audi S4.
"Aleks and I have been really happy with how strong we've run since Road America," said Cheng. "We got caught out by that red flag at Indianapolis but still pulled off an eighth place, and now we are going to a track that we both know really well. We're looking forward to running strong at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."
Source: APR Motorsport