Audi Sport customer racing
On the grid around the world: Audi Sport customer racing will continue two successful programs in 2019. The fourth consecutive year will see at least two Audi R8 LMS GT3 cars at each round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. In the manufacturers’ classification, Audi, after three victories in succession, will be challenged to successfully defend the title. In the drivers’ classification, the coveted trophy is to return to Neuburg an der Donau in 2019. The worldwide racing series featuring one endurance race per continent will encompass five events for the first time in 2019. In addition to the previously known rounds at Bathurst (Australia), Laguna Seca (USA), Spa (Belgium) and Suzuka (Japan), South Africa will make its first appearance on the calendar. In addition, Audi Sport customer racing has confirmed its participation in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Audi Sport commits to the touring car category worldwide as well. In 2019, the Audi RS 3 LMS will again compete in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup that debuted this year as the highest-caliber international racing series for TCR touring cars. Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team, Audi Sport Team Comtoyou and Comtoyou Racing with Audi Sport drivers Gordon Shedden, Jean-Karl Vernay, Frédéric Vervisch and privateers Nathanaël Berthon, Denis Dupont and Aurélien Panis have clinched 15 podium finishes in the 2018 season to date, including four victories. Before the finale in Macau next weekend, all drivers combined have scored a total of 757 points in the Audi RS 3 LMS.
2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar
02–03/02 12h Bathurst (Australia)
30–31/03 8h California, Laguna Seca (USA)
27–28/07 24h Spa (Belgium)
24–25/08 10h Suzuka (Japan)
02–03/11 9h Kyalami (South Africa)