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FASTMD Racing Moves to GS with Audi R8 LMS GT4

Audi TCR squad stepping up to GS class for 2021 Michelin Pilot Challenge season…

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FASTMD Racing will step up to GS class competition, having confirmed an Audi R8 LMS GT4 entry for James Vance and Alexandre Papadopulos.

The team, in its third year of IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition, had previously competed in the TCR class.

“We are excited to continue growing with our motorsports family,” said FASTMD owner and chief surgeon Dr. Farhan Siddiqi.

“We look forward to an exciting new season of Audi R8 GT4 LMS racing chasing down the front runners in our first Grand Sport season.

“We welcome our new driver, Alex Papadopulos, to our FASTMD family as well as a seasoned lead engineer with Audi GT3/open wheel experience, Remi Lanteigne.

“Our strong core group including our lead driver, James Vance and our dedicated crew are ready to bring a new season of excitement to our racing fans and customers.”

Papadopulos, who co-drove a Forty7 Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR in the first half of last season, will be also making his GS debut.

“Competing for the 2021 GS driver’s championship will be a huge challenge as it is one of the most competitive categories in motorsport,” he said.

“With that said, James and I are going in with extreme confidence as a pairing because we have the right chemistry and talent to challenge anyone for the driver’s championship.”

Vance, meanwhile, will return to the operation for a third year.

“Seeing the work that has been put in during this short off-season has been admirable and I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing initiative,” he said.

“Stepping up to GS is exciting of course. It brings with it a lot of challenges but we are ready to tackle those challenges head on and put our best foot forward.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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