Audi takes trophies in all International Motor Sports Association classes to finish successful race season

  • Carbahn Motorsports wins first U.S. GT4 Team and Drivers Championship
  • Audi Sport customer racing TCR teams secure the Manufacturers Championship in the Audi RS 3 LMS
  • Audi R8 LMS GT3 places second in the Road Atlanta Petit Le Mans 10 hour endurance classic

HERNDON, Va., October 14, 2019 – Audi finds success in multiple categories during the final International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race weekend at Road Atlanta. The season proved Audi Sport customer racing’s Audi R8 LMS GT3/GT4 and Audi RS 3 LMS remain top competitors in a challenging field.

Michelin Pilot Challenge – Grand Sport class

The Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Carbahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing finished the season winning the Team and Drivers Championship in the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class. Team Principal Steve Dinan with drivers Jeff Westphal and co-driver Tyler McQuarrie only had to start the race to clinch the championship. The team’s second year campaigning the Audi R8 was a testament to the drivability of the platform in a highly competitive field.

“This win is a huge success for Audi since the GT4 race car was only introduced to competition last year at Daytona. Congrats to all our hard working Audi teams,” Said Tristan Herbert, Motorsport and customer racing, manager, Audi of America.

Michelin Pilot Challenge – TCR class

Audi extends its successful racing heritage by bringing home the Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class Manufacturers Championship. The brand fielded five teams against a competitive TCR class with the Manufacturers’ Championship still to be decided before the start of the race. Britt Casey Jr. and Mikey Taylor began the weekend in the Unitronic/JDC-Miller MotorSports Audi RS 3 LMS in pole position – the third pole position for the driver pairing this season. After two hours of intense racing, Audi placed two teams on the podium cementing the Manufacturers Championship by only one point. Finishing third were James Vance and Nick Galante in the FastMD RS 3 LMS, with the Unitronic/JDC finishing second. Additionally, Roadshagger Racing finished the season third in the Team and Drivers Championship.

WeatherTech Championship GTD class – Petit Le Mans

Montaplast by Land’s Audi R8 LMS GT3 finished the Petit Le Mans 10 hour endurance classic in second place. The thrilling final twenty minutes of the race showcased the Audi R8’s formidable V10 engine, performance and durability. A relentless pursuit of the leaders by factory driver Christopher Mies pushed the Audi R8 LMS to the limit. After 10 hours of racing the team finished a mere .51 seconds behind the leader, which equates to a distance of just eight feet after 1,068 miles of racing.

“This has been a very successful year with multiple wins and the only brand represented in every class. The Audi and our teams always show consistent performance throughout the year but 2019 has been exceptional in the Michelin Pilot Challenge,” said Bernd Goeres, head of Audi Sport customer racing North America, Audi.

2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge rebroadcast         

October 18, 2019 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. EDT | NBC SN

 

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