Audi unveils four-car Nurburgring 24 Hours 2017 effort

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Audi unveils four-car Nurburgring 24 Hours 2017 effort
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Mar 9, 2017, 10:50 AM

Four factory-supported Audi R8 LMS cars will contest this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours, it has been announced.

#1 Audi Sport Team WRT, Audi R8 LMS: Laurens Vanthoor, Christopher Mies, Nico Müller, Pierre Kaffer
#4 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS: Marc Basseng, Marcel Fässler, Mike Rockenfeller, Frank Stippler
#28 Montaplast by Land Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS: Marc Basseng, Connor De Phillippi, Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Scheider
#2 Audi Sport Team WRT, Audi R8 LMS: Stuart Leonard, Robin Frijns, Edward Sandström, Frederic Vervisch

Two of the cars will be fielded by Audi outfit Land, while the other two will be run by WRT. Last year, Audi had just two factory-supported entries on the grid - with WRT and Phoenix, both of which also ran a separate car on their own.

The driver roster for the four cars for 2017 is made up of 12 names, with four drivers set for double duty.

At WRT, DTM drivers Rene Rast and Nico Muller will race both of the team's cars, partnering Marcel Fassler and Formula E regular Robin Frijns in one R8 LMS, and Frank Stippler and Frederic Vervisch in the other.

Land will have Christopher Mies, Connor De Phillippi, Christopher Haase and Pierre Kaffer make up one entry, with Mies and De Philippi joining Kelvin van der Linde and Markus Winkelhock in the other.

“We’re poised for fierce competition with a strong line-up,” said Chris Reinke, Audi's head of customer racing. “In addition, we’re again expecting several customer teams to be competing in the Audi R8 LMS this year.”

Audi won the race three times in the last five years, with six drivers from its 2017 line-up – Muller, Mies, Haase, Rast, Winkelhock and Stippler – among those to have already triumphed in the prestigious event with the Ingolstadt marque.

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