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Audi #r8lms (GT3)
Audi’s customer team Smeg #racing clinched the first title of the 2017 season for Audi Sport customer #racing in New Zealand. The squad competed at Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island on March 18. Simon Evans/Gene Rollinson won the 3-hour race in the Audi #r8lms with a one-lap advantage. As a result, the two local campaigners are the new champions in the 2016/2017 New Zealand 3-Hour Endurance Championship.
In the Australian GT Championship, the Audi campaigners experienced a successful second race weekend that earned them six trophies. The event held as part of the F1 Grand Prix supporting program at Melbourne from March 23 to 26 featured four single races. Kelvin van der Linde from South Africa won the second and fourth races in the Audi #r8lms. Daniel Gaunt from New Zealand added two second places to the tally, and Australians Ash Walsh and Geoff Emery a third place each.
The first driver signings for the sixth season of the Audi #r8lms Cup in Asia have been confirmed. The three best-placed drivers from last year, three-time champion Alex Yoong from Malaysia, Belgian driver Alessio Picariello and Martin Rump from Estonia, are on board again. New signing Mitchell Gilbert from Australia, Shaun Thong from Hong Kong, the Chinese Cheng Congfu, the South Korean Kyong-Ouk You and Marchy Lee from Hong Kong, who was the first to win the Audi #r8lms Cup in 2012, have been confirmed as drivers as well.
Audi Japan at a press conference in Tokyo on March 28 attended by Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, presented its #racing projects. Two Audi #r8lms cars will be competing in the GT300 class of the Super GT #racing series. Audi Team Hitotsuyama is relying on Masataka Yanagida, who won the GT300 class and the GT500 classification twice, and on former GT500 champion Richard Lyons from Northern Ireland. The Taisan Sard cockpit will be shared by Shinnosuke Yamada and the Australian Jake Parsons. In addition, Team Birth #racing Project (BRP) and Audi Team DreamDrive presented their programs with the Audi #rs3lms.
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