Tuesday, August 4, 2015

World RX: Trois-Rivières is next, first time for Audi drivers in Canada


By Tarek Ramachani

The FIA World Rallycross Championship action will resume this upcoming weekend. Round seven of the 2015 season will be held in Canada at the prestigious Grand Prix of Trois Rivières, the only North American meeting for World RX.

The series visited Canada last year but this is will be the first time for the Audi squad there. Five Audi Supercars will enter the event with a slight change in the driver lineup.

EKS will compete with their two regular drivers. Team owner Mattias Ekström will be behind the wheel of the #10 Audi S1 and will try to win in Canada after a great victory in his home round at Höljes. Eki had an amazing weekend at the Red Bull Ring in the DTM with a great victory in Sunday's race 2.

His team-mate Anton Marlkund will drive the #92 Audi S1. The young talented Swedish driver is facing an unbelievable bad luck this season in World RX. He will target strong results at Trois-Rivieres with one of the best cars in the field.


ALL-INKL Münnich Motorsport will be in Canada with two Audi S3 Supercars and a new face. The German team will try to bounce back after a frustrating meeting at Höljes last time out. Team owner René Münnich will drive the #77 Audi S3.

The second #24 Audi S3 will be driven by Tommy Rustad from Norway. He is doing very well this year in FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX) with a Volkswagen Polo from Marklund Motorsport.


The fifth Audi entry is coming from the Larsson Jernberg Racing. As always it will be Robin Larsson who will be behind the wheel of the #4 Audi A1 Supercar. The 2014 Euro RX champion had some ups and downs this year in World RX, he will target some strong performances in the North American round.

Informations about World RX of Canada

Photo credit:  World RX 


Sunday, August 2, 2015

DTM: Mattias Ekström wins a chaotic Spielberg race 2


By Tarek Ramchani

Mattias Ekström has won a very chaotic DTM race 2 in Spielberg. The Audi driver started the "long" race from pole position and crossed the finish line victorious. A total of five Audi RS 5 DTM cars inside the top-ten.

It was not an easy event for DTM drivers. The start of the race has been delayed and then the field stayed for several laps behind the Safety Car.

In the closing stages of the race there was a battle of the lead between Mattias Ekström and Mercedes-Benz Gary Paffett.

The Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver was able to keep the lead and didn't make any mistake despite a great pressure from the British driver for the ART Grand Prix team.


The podium was completed by another Audi driver, Edoardo Mortara. The Audi Sport Team Abt ace had a very strong DTM weekend in Austria with a race 1 win, a pole position and a podium in race 2.

Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) had a strong race and was fourth overall. Nico Mueller (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was fifth. Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was fifth.

Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was fourteenth. Adrien Tambay (Audi Sport Team Abt) was seventeenth. Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) had an unlucky race and was eighteenth.

Overall it was an amazing Red Bull Ring round for the Audi brand. Two pole positions and two race wins after all the bad luck at the Norisring and Zandvoort.

Photo credit: DTM / Audi Media


DTM: Mattias Ekström takes pole in a very wet Spielberg qualifying 2


By Tarek Ramchani

An amazing job by Audi driver Mattias Ekström, a great pole position in a very wet second qualifying session in Spielberg. An all Audi RS 5 DTM front row.

The double DTM champion will start from pole position in the second race of the weekend. Eki set the best time of the session with 1:42.010. A stunning performance by the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver given the very difficult track conditions.

Another Audi driver who performed very well is Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix). Rocky qualified in a strong second place overall setting a personal best time of 1:42.015.


Yesterday race 1 winner Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Abt) was sixth fastest. Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was seventh. Adrien Tambay (Audi Sport Team Abt) was tenth.

The other Audi drivers were outside the top-ten. Nico Mueller (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was eleventh. Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was seventeenth. Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was ninteenth.

The DTM race 2 will be held this afternoon

Photo credit: Audi Media


Audi Sport TT Cup: Red flagged race 2 at the Red Bull Ring


By Tarek Ramchani

The second Audi Sport TT Cup at the Red Bull Ring has been red flagged. The 15-lap event has been stopped after 4 laps into the race.

The 24 Audi TT racers started behind the safety car with very wet track and difficult weather conditions. Once the cars were allowed to race there was a very nasty crash. Multiple Audi TT cars were involved.

Thankfully all the drivers are OK but the officials decided to stop the race.

More to come.






Photo credit: Audi Media


Saturday, August 1, 2015

DTM: Edoardo Mortara dominates Spielberg race 1


By Tarek Ramchani

Edoardo Mortara clinched a great and dominant DTM race victory at Spielberg. The Audi Sport Team Abt driver was unstoppable in the 40-minute race 1 at the Red Bull Ring.

Edo started the race from pole position but lost the lead to fellow Audi driver Jamie Green. The Briton took the lead but only for a short time. The Audi Sport Team Rosberg and DTM points leader faced drive shift issues forcing him to retire from the race.

Edoardo Mortara took back the lead and since then never been challenged. The Italian controlled the race and crossed the finish line victorious ahead of Mercedes-Benz's Pascal Wehrlein and Paul di Resta.

Today's victory is the third one for Edoardo Mortara in the prestigious Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. His second win at the Red Bull Ring after the 2012 one.


Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) had a heroic race. The double DTM champion was flying with his Red Bull backed Audi RS 5 DTM and ended the race in strong fifth place after some spectacular overtakings.

2013 DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was eighth. Adrien Tambay (Audi Sport Team Abt) was tenth. Nico Mueller (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was twelfth. Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was sixteenth. Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was eighteenth.

The second qualifying session and race 2 are set for Sunday.

Photo credit: Audi Media


Pirelli World Challenge: Compass360 joins GTS with an Audi TT RS


Compass360 Racing Press Release

Long-time Pirelli World Challenge team C360R (Compass360 Racing) today announced further expansion of its Audi racing program to include an Audi TT-RS in the series’ highly-competitive GTS class.

The new No. 78 car will be helmed by current C360R driver Paul Holton, with support from partners AERO Advanced Paint Technology, Spyder apparel and Audi Sport customer racing. As they have for the past five years, the team and driver will fly the colors of their charity of choice, the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

“We’ve been working with Paul since the beginning of the year, as one of our drivers in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge,” remarked C360R Team Principal Karl Thomson. “We also had him do a couple of non-conflicting World Challenge rounds, and were really impressed with his skills behind the wheel.”

Indeed, in just five starts in one of the team’s TCA-class cars, Paul notched three podiums, including a win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. “GTS is really competitive right now, and I am looking forward to going toe-to-toe with the guys at the front,” enthused Holton.

The move to GTS builds on the team’s growing relationship with Audi, which officially started on-track at Sebring, Florida in March with the launch of their new CTSC ST-class Audi S3 program, and expanded with the recently-debuted Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. The TT-RS will first compete at the penultimate race of the 2015 World Challenge season, at Sonoma Raceway August 29-30, and will also be at the season finale at Laguna Seca.

Tristan Herbert, Manager, Audi Motorsport and Customer Racing commented, “We are thrilled that C360R is representing the Audi brand in three separate classifications featuring two of North America’s best sportscar racing series: the S3 in Continental ST, TT-RS in PWC GTS, and an Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR GTD class. This proves that Audi has opportunities to display performance and technology at all racing levels.”

034 Motorsport will serve as technical partners for the program, with the 034 shop in Fremont, CA, serving as home base for the two final west coast rounds and Christian Miller being tapped to lead the squad. “We’ve enjoyed working with Christian since winning the ST Championship together in 2009, and we’re really looking forward to continuing that success with him and the talented folks at 034,” said Thomson.

Like the team’s other Audis, the new TT-RS will be clothed in a striking livery featuring AERO paint. “The response we’ve had to our new Audi liveries has been extremely positive,” said C360R Technical Director Ray Lee. “We recently painted our transporters with AERO and continue to be impressed with the quality and finish of the product.”

No. 78 will carry the Children’s Tumor Foundation logo, and will serve as one of the featured cars on the charity’s paddock tour at each race. “The Foundation is grateful to C360R, who have supported us since 2010, and to all our partner teams in the Pirelli World Challenge paddock,” said CTF Racing4Research Director Jill Beck. “Our families in the blue shirts will now have the chance to cheer for Paul, who like all our R4R drivers, is simply wonderful with the kids.”

While the team begins testing the new TT-RS in the coming weeks in advance of its first race, the team will continue to field its championship-winning Honda Civic Si’s in TCA, with the next race being at Mid-Ohio on August 15-16.

Photo credit: Compass360 Racing

Pirelli World Challenge: Mike Skeen Audi qualified in seventh place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course


By Tarek Ramchani

The North American based Pirelli World Challenge is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend. Three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars took part in the qualifying session today.

The GT and GTA teams took part in the qualifying session today. Best ranked Audi driver was Mike Skeen in seventh place overall. Behind the wheel of the #2 car from CRP Racing he set a personal best of 1:20.662.

James Sofronas qualified in fourteenth place overall with the #14 Audi R8 LMS ultra. The GMG Racing team-woner and 2013 runnerup in Pirelli World Challenge swith a personal best of 1:21.037.

Drew Regitz was twenty-fourth fastest with the #19 Audi R8 LMS ultra from Cameron Racing. Unlike both Mike Skeen and James Sofronas, Drew Regitz is competing in the GTA class.

The first Pirelli World Challenge race is set for today.

Photo credit: Pirelli World Challenge

DTM: Edoardo Mortara on pole ahead of Jamie Green in Spielberg qualifying 1


By Tarek Ramchani

An amazing qualifying session for the Audi brand at the Red Bull Ring. An all Audi RS 5 DTM front row for the first race of the weekend in Spielberg.

Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Abt) clinched a great pole position in the very closing stages of the session. This is second DTM pole position for the Italian ace. Edo set the best time with 1:24.714.

Second place went to DTM points leader Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg). The Briton set a personal best of 1:24.907 and was only 0.193 behind Mortara's time.


Two Audi drivers made it inside the top-ten overall. Mattias Ekstrom (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was ninth. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was tenth. Adrien Tambay (Audi Sport Team Abt) was eleventh.

Nico Mueller (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was fourteenth. Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was sixteenth. Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was twentieth.

The first race will follow next.

Photo credit: Audi Media


Audi Sport TT Cup: Jan Kisiel wins Spielberg race 1


By Tarek Ramchani

Five different winners in five rounds in the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup. Jan Kisiel (#43 Audi TT) has won the first  race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

The Polish driver started the race from position three on the grid and managed to take the lead in the opening lap after a great battle with both poleman Nicolaj Møller Madsen (#17 Audi TT) and Dennis Marshall (#27 Audi TT). After that Jan Kisiel was able to build a good gap ahead of  Dennis Marshall.

In the closing stages of the race, the fans enjoyed a great duel between the leading Jan Kisiel and  Dennis Marshall. The latter managed to close the gap but he did not have enough time to challenge Jan Kisiel for the race victory. Third place went to Nicolaj Møller Madsen.

Rahel Frey (#95 Audi TT) took a great fourth place overall. The Swiss Audi star was the best of the guest drivers in the opening race.


Dutch driver Loris Hezemans (#50 Audi TT) completed the top-five after a great battle with Rahel Frey for position four. Christoph Hofbauer (#7 Audi TT) was sixth. Dominik Peitz (#26 Audi TT) was seventh. Gosia Rdest (#3 Audi TT) was eighth, her best result this year in Audi Sport TT Cup. Kaan Onder (#9 Audi TT) was ninth.

A heroic race by Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (#89 Audi TT). The Swedish driver started the race from position seventeen on the grid and managed to bounce back in the 15-lap race. She ended in a very strong tenth place overall after some sensational overtakings.

Dreen Seidel with the Playboy backed #99 Audi TT was ninteenth overall and second among the guest drivers ahead of Emiliano Perucca Orfei (#94 Audi TT) in third.

Race 2 is set for Sunday

Photo credit: Audi Media


DTM: Edoardo Mortara leads a 1-2 Audi in Spielberg FP2


By Tarek Ramchani

A perfect 1-2 Audi in the second DTM free practice session at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. As was the case in yesterday's opening practice, Edoardo Mortara who was the fastest.

The Italian driver at Audi Sport Team Abt set the best time in the session with 1:24.793. Edoardo Mortara was the quickest twice and will be among the big favourite to clinch the pole position in the first qualifying session.

Second place went to another Audi driver, Jamie Green. The DTM points leader set a personal best of 1:24.859. The Audi Sport Team Rosberg driver was just 0.066 behind Mortara's best time.


Jamie Green's team-mate Nico Mueller had a very strong session. The Swiss driver at Audi Sport Team Rosberg was fourth fastest.

2013 DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was sixth. Adrien Tambay (Audi Sport Team Abt) was eleventh. Mattias Ekstrom (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was twelfth.  Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was fourteenth. Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was fifteenth.

The first DTM qualifying session will be held this afternoon.

Photo credit: DTM


Audi Sport TT Cup: Pole positions for Nicolaj Møller Madsen and Alexis van de Poele in Spielberg


By Tarek Ramchani

The beautiful and challengeing Red Bull Ring played host to a thrilling and very close qualifying session in the Audi Sport TT Cup. Two different drivers will start from pole position in the two races of the weekend.

Pole position for race 1 went to Nicolaj Møller Madsen (#17 Audi TT). The Danish driver set the fastest time overall in the qualifying session with 1:38.838. The Audi Sport TT Cup points leader proving once again he is the man to beat in the newly formed single-make series.

Second place went to Dennis Marshall (#27 Audi TT). Jan Kisiel (#43 Audi TT) was third. Alexis van de Poele (#55 Audi TT) was fourth. The top-five was completed by Loris Hezemans (#50 Audi TT).

Audi star Rahel Frey (#95 Audi TT) was seventh fastest overall and the best among the guest starters.


Alexis van de Poele (#55 Audi TT) was qualified fourth for race 1 took pole position for race 2. The young Belgian driver set a fastest time of 1:39.387.

As at is the case for race 1, Dennis Marshall (#27 Audi TT) will start the second race from P2 on the grid. Jan Kisiel (#43 Audi TT) was qualified again in third place. Nicolaj Møller Madsen (#17 Audi TT) qualified in fourth place. Rahel Frey (#95 Audi TT) completed the top-five.

The Audi Sport TT Cup guest drivers were further behind. Emiliano Perucca Orfei (#94 Audi TT) qualified in ninteenth place for both races. Marcel Hirscher (#98 Audi TT) was twenty-first. Felix Neureuther (#97 Audi TT) was twenty-second. Playboy's Doreen Seidel (#99 Audi TT) was twenty-third. Aksel Lund Svindal (#96 Audi TT) was twenty-fourth.

The first Audi Sport TT Cup race will follow next.

Photo credit: Audi Media


Thursday, July 30, 2015

VLN: Two Audi R8 LMS ultras for Nürburgring's VLN5


By Tarek Ramchani

The legendary and demanding Nürburgring Nordschleife will play host to the fifth round of the 2015 VLN Endurance Championship this weekend. Two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will enter the 4-hour event.

The first car is coming from local team Phoenix Racing. The #5 Audi R8 LMS ultra will be shared by three drivers, Frank Stippler, Christian Mamerow and Italian Marco Mapelli. Frank Stippler and Christian Mamerow were on the podium last weekend at the Spa 24 Hours. "Stippi" finished the race second with Audi Sport Team WRT and Mamerow was third with Audi Sport Team Phoenix. While Marco Mapelli is debuting in VLN and he's competing with Audi Sport Italia in Italian GT Championship and also competed with Phoenix Racing earlier this year at Bathurst 12 Hour.

After an emotional podium at the Spa 24 Hours, the Ernst Moser managed squad will target the overall victory in the special 47. ADAC Barbarossapreis.


The second Audi R8 LMS ultra is coming from Twin Busch Motorsport. Their #44 car will be shared by Busch borthers Dennis and Marc and will be joined by Audi regualr Marc Basseng.

A total of eight GT3 cars will compete in VLN5. The two Audi entries will be challenged by three BMW Z4 GT3s, two Porsche 997 GT3 Rs and a single Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.

47. ADAC Barbarossapreis Entry List

The qualifying session and the 4-hour race will be held on Saturday.

Photo credit: VLN