Audi factory driver Allan McNish attended an honors ceremony during the opening event of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone. The Le Mans organizer ACO and the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) inducted Eric Thompson as the first member into the new Hall of Fame for Le Mans racers. The Briton won his class at Le Mans twice and in 1951 finished the overall classification in third place. Today, at the age of 93, Thompson is the oldest living class winner of the endurance race.
Visit by Dindo Capello and Lucas di Grassi
The six Audi drivers at the WEC opener at Silverstone were visited by two other racers from the Audi family. Dindo Capello was a factory-backed sports car driver of the brand until last year. Lucas di Grassi traveled to England as well. The Brazilian will be driving at Spa in May and another Audi R18 e-tron quattro at Le Mans in June together with his team-mates.
Best qualifying time and podium for Audi R8 LMS
The Audi R8 LMS experienced its premiere in the European Le Mans Series. Team Momo Megatron DF1 with Kuba Giermaziak (PL) achieved the best qualifying time in the GTC class at the season opener at Silverstone. In the race, the driver team that also includes Dylan Derdaele (B) and Raffi Bader (CH) was less fortunate. An excursion on a track that was wet from rain meant the end after 33 laps. Due to aquaplaning race control stopped the race after 48 laps though. As a result, the Audi private team was still classified in third place of its class.
Christian Abt to compete with own team in GT Masters
With his new team Prosperia C. Abt Racing the long-standing DTM racer will be putting two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars on the grid in the ADAC GT Masters and with high-caliber driver squads: Christopher Mies and René Rast plus Christer Jöns and Christian Mamerow will be driving the two sports cars. We want to play a decisive role, says Abt, who won the series in 2009 and switched from the cockpit to the command post before this season.