With APR Tuned Parts Under the Hood, the Team's Audis and Volkswagens are Ready for Elkhart Lake
June 20, 2012 (Opelika, Ala.) - Road America is one of the most famous circuits in North America, and for good reason. At over 4 miles in length, it features several long straightaways linked by extremely fast and challenging corners. Its 'Kink' is flat out in most cars and scary in all of them - but it's a playground that the drivers of APR Motorsport are really looking forward to.
After a challenging Mid-Ohio weekend, where the team's no. 51 APR Audi R8 Grand-Am was caught a lap down when a yellow flag came out, drivers Dr. Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke are looking to repeat their form from Belle Isle, where the car qualified 4th and led it's first laps in Grand-Am.
"Racing at Road America brings me a lot of great racing memories," said von Moltke. "I drove here often in the Skip Barber Racing School series where I learned the fundamentals of driving race cars. I am looking forward to returning back to a track with so much history in our APR Audi R8 with support from Parathyroid.com, South African Airways, and PR Newswire. Top speed is one of the key areas to a quick lap around Road America so I am hoping our Audi V10 engine can show it's might at Road America!"
The team's CTSCC program heads to Road America after enjoying its best result of the season, when Nate Norenberg and Josh Hurley drove to sixth two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio in the no. 161 APR VW GTI.
Showing strong form in qualifying at Mid-Ohio was the no. 171 APR VW GTI of Aleks Altberg and David Cheng, who qualified sixth. They encountered troubles later in the race, and would finish in 22nd, just behind teammates Daniel LaRiva and Christian Perez, who were 20th, in the no. 191 APR VW Jetta GLI, and Juan Alvarez and Juan Pablo Sierra, who were 21st, in the no. 131 APR VW Jetta GLI.
"It was a great thing to have one of our cars start and another finish in the top-10 at Mid-Ohio," said Hurley. "We've had several strong runs all season that just didn't end up in a good result, for one reason or another. Hopefully we've started to turn the corner and we can keep that momentum going this weekend at Road America."
Also returning will be the no. 41 APR Audi S4, driven by Hector Guerrero and Alex Popow. The duo was scheduled to make their debut at Mid-Ohio before the car was withdrawn after a crash in practice when Guerrero hit oil entering the Keyhole.