2018 Audi Sport customer racing announces largest number of entries for Pirelli World Challenge season

  • Audi Sport customer racing to compete in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge with nine entrees representing all three classes
  • Largest number of PWC entrees in brand history
  • Audi Sport customer racing continues expansion of globally homologated, stair-step customer racing offering in TCR, GT4 and GT3 classes

 

HERNDON, Virginia, March 8, 2018 – Audi of America announces a two-class offering for the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 9 - 11 with a TCR class joining the season at Circuit of the Americas, March 23 - 29. With a line-up of one Audi R8 LMS GT3, five R8 LMS GT4’s and three RS3 LMS entries, it is the largest Audi presence to compete in PWC in the brand’s history.

Audi Sport customer racing

In 2009, Audi Sport launched the customer racing program with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car, offering customers a vehicle specifically designed to compete in international GT3 racing. Updated in 2015, the Daytona-winning car continues to dominate in its endurance class and offers the pinnacle for customer racing in conjunction with the Audi brand.

Joining the ranks of the R8 LMS GT3, which has won every major endurance race around the world, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 was derived directly from the production of the R8 V10 Plus coupe, and shares 60 percent of its parts with the road car. The GT4's performance make it ideal for amateur teams. Following its global debut at last year's New York International Auto Show, the GT4 made its official U.S. race debut at the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona race weekend in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Introduced in 2017 with a U.S. race debut at the PWC VIR SprintX race weekend, the new Audi RS 3 LMS puts Audi Sport customer racing on an even broader base with an entry point to the brand’s motorsport efforts. The Audi RS 3 LMS was developed by Audi Sport customer racing for the new TCR touring car category globally and part of the Pirelli World Challenge as well as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in the U.S. The RS 3 LMS swept the podium in their IMSA debut at Daytona in January of this year. The first race for TCR teams in PWC this season will begin March 23, 2018 at Circuit of the Americas.

“We’re really excited about all of our customer racing cars competing in all three classes of Pirelli World Challenge this season,” said Tristan L. Herbert, senior manager, Motorsport & Customer Racing Audi Sport. “Our cars have shown good pace in testing and we look forward to competing in the championships this season.”

The teams/drivers are as follows, with more teams to be announced as the season progresses:

 

R8 LMS GT3

 

 

 

Model

Team

Drivers

Social

R8 LMS GT3

TruSpeed AutoSport
Tyler Tedvic

No. 19
Parker Chase (USA) (GT, Sprint, SprintX)
Ryan Dalziel (USA) (GT, SprintX)

Facebook: TrueSpeedAutoSport
Twitter: @TruSpeed_
Instagram:@TruSpeedAutoSport

 

R8 LMS GT4

 

 

 

Model

Allocated to

Drivers

Social

R8 LMS GT4

GMG Racing James Sofronas

No. 4
George Kurtz (USA) (GTS A, Sprint, SprintX)
Colin Braun (USA) (Pro/Am, SprintX)

Facebook: @TeamGMG
Twitter: @gmgracing
Instagram: @gmgracing

R8 LMS GT4

GMG Racing James Sofronas

No. 14
James Sofronas (USA) (GTS, Sprint, SprintX)
Alex Welch (USA) (Pro/Am, SprintX)

Facebook: @TeamGMG
Twitter: @gmgracing
Instagram: @gmgracing

R8 LMS

GT4

Flying Lizard Motorsport
Darren Law

No. 45
Mike Hedlund (GTS A, Sprint, SprintX)

Facebook: FlyingLizardMotorsports
Twitter: @FlyingLizard_MS
Instagram:@flyinglizard_MS

R8 LMS

GT4

Flying Lizard Motorsport
Darren Law

No. 23
Adam Merzon (GTS A, Sprint, SprintX)
Ryan Eversley (SprintX)

Facebook: FlyingLizardMotorsports
Twitter: @FlyingLizard_MS
Instagram:@flyinglizard_MS

R8 LMS

GT4

M1 GT Racing
Remi Lanteigne

No. 2
Jason Bell (USA) (GTS, Sprint, SprintX)

Facebook: M1GTRacing
Twitter: @M1GTRacing
Instagram:@M1GT_Racing

 

RS 3 LMS – TCR (as of Circuit of the Americas)

 

 

 

 

Model

Owner

 

Social

RS 3 LMS

Compass Racing
Karl Thomson

No. 77
JT Coupal (USA)

Facebook: @C360R
Twitter: @compassracing
Instagram: @compassracing

RS 3 LMS

Murillo Racing

No. 74
Matt Fassnacht (USA)

Facebook: mattfassnacht
Twitter: @mattfassnacht
Instagram: mattfassnacht

 

2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

Date

Track

City/Region

March 9-11

Streets of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL

March 23-25

Circuit Of The Americas (COTA)

Austin, TX

April 13-15

Streets of Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

April 27-29

Virginia International Raceway

Alton, VA

May 18-20

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ont., CAN

May 25-26, 28

Lime Rock Park

Lakeville, CT

June 22-24

Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI

July 13-15

Portland International Raceway

Portland, OR

August 10-12

Utah Motorsports Campus

Grantsville, UT

Aug 31 - Sep 2

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, NY

October 26-28

Laguna Seca Raceway
(with SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge)

Salinas, CA

 

Watch expanded coverage on CBS Sports Network and live stream at http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo/

 

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