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First All-Female CTSC Lineup Set for Audi GT4 Debut

Ashley Freiberg, Gosia Rdest team up in RHC-GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 for Daytona…

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Ashley Freiberg and Gosia Rdest are set to become the first-ever all-female driver pairing in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, as the duo take on this week’s season-opener at Daytona in an Audi R8 LMS GT4 car.

Freiberg and Rdest have been confirmed in one of RHC-GMG Racing’s Audi GT4 cars for Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge, which will carry support from car owner Daren Jorgensen and Audi Tire Center.

It will mark the third all-female driver lineup to compete in modern day IMSA competition, the most recent coming last year in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, where Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook teamed up at the Road America weekend.

Prior to that, Melanie Snow and Andrea Robertson shared the wheel of a Ford GT in the American Le Mans Series in 2011.

Freiberg became the first woman to win an overall race at Daytona and in Continental Tire Challenge in 2014.

“Women are far and few between in motorsports, so the opportunity to join an all-women team with Audi is really exciting,” she said.

“My gender doesn’t make a difference when I’m behind the wheel. I still have to do a good job and drive the car hard; the data and lap times don’t lie.

“I think we’ll be a strong team, not because we’re female but because we’re drivers that are ready to do the job well.”

An all-female lineup under the Audi flag has been in the works since the inception of the Audi Sport customer racing program in 2012, according to Tristan Herbert, senior manager of Motorsport and Customer Racing.

“It’s only fitting that we continue this progress at the competition level within customer racing,” he said.

“We chose these drivers because they’re talented, professional and lay down impressive lap times in the front of the field.”

Polish racer Rdest, meanwhile, is coming off three seasons of the Audi TT Cup and recently claimed class honors in the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai, at the wheel of an Audi GT4 car entered by Phoenix Racing.

“I feel very privileged and honored to drive progress for women in motorsports,” Rdest said.

“I have always thought it’s not the gender but the passion, endurance and hard work that are the mainstay of any winner.”

A total of four Audi GT4 cars are set for Friday’s four-hour race, which will serve as the car’s North American competition debut.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. JeffB

    January 23, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Is this for Daytona only?

  2. Slicks in the wet

    January 24, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Took long enough. Geez.

  3. thomas

    January 24, 2018 at 4:25 am

    great for ashley. she’s a cracking driver

    • Mike S

      January 24, 2018 at 11:18 am

      She is. She needs money that’s the issue and only reason she’s not in marque series because she deserves to be there more than some that are in lets say the WTSC series.

  4. MattZ

    January 24, 2018 at 5:46 am

    I’m a big fan of the classic Audi paint job.

    • Justin Porter

      January 24, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Definitely agree. There’s something really appropriate about seeing the colors of Michele Mouton’s Quattro on this effort.

      • Andy Blackmore

        January 24, 2018 at 12:19 pm

        Cool, that was the idea. Was this or the GTO livery, but thats been done before by me and AJR 😉

  5. Ed

    January 24, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Way to go Ashley, kick some butt!

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