Audi Competing With The R8 in Australia

Audi Competing With The R8 in Australia

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
29 Jan 2011

Reinhold Joest’s team also supported the last race in Australia on December 31, 2000. At that time Dindo Capello and Allan McNish won the "Race of a Thousand Years" in Adelaide at the wheel of an Audi R8 in crocodile look. The spectacular prototype still holds cult status among fans today and brought Dindo Capello the nickname "Crocodile Dindo."

Audi race experience Team Joest now aims to conquer Australia with the Audi R8 LMS - with the GT3 sports car specifically developed by Audi for customer sport use and which bears the sporting genes of the victorious Le Mans Prototypes.

Audi’s customer sport program which started in 2009 with the R8 LMS was newly structured to coincide punctually with the 2011 season. Further development of the Audi R8 LMS, marketing and technical support for customers and importer teams worldwide was transferred to quattro GmbH. The race at Bathurst is the first under the new management.

The goal is clearly defined: By participating in the most important endurance races, like Bathurst, the quattro GmbH aims to win further customers for the Audi R8 LMS, which can boast an impressive run of results in its first two years of competition: In 197 races, the Audi R8 LMS can claim 64 wins, a total of 163 podium finishes and seven championship titles to date.

Up to now the focus of customer sport activities was Europe and the Audi R8 LMS - in 2011 it will be further expanded: The next market to enter Audi’s sights is Asia. Furthermore, customer sport should have a modular structure and expanded to encompass other models such as the Audi TT RS.

Credits: wilswong

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