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Report: Audi Set for Major Personnel Shakeup

Chris Reinke to replace Romolo Liebchen as at Audi Sport…

Photo; Audi

Photo; Audi

Audi will head into the 2016 season with a number of motorsports executives in new places, with a significant shakeup in the works for its LMP1, customer sport programs, as well as the Volkswagen Group altogether.

Leading German publication Auto Motor und Sport reports that Chris Reinke, the head of Audi’s LMP1 Program, is set to replace Romolo Liebchen as Head of Audi Sport customer racing, effective April 1.

It’s unclear who will replace Reinke, who had been at the head of the LMP1 efforts since 2013, or where longtime customer sport boss Liebchen could end up within the company.

Rumors of a change of position for Reinke had begun during the FIA World Endurance Championship round in Shanghai in October, but were denied by Audi at the time.

Additionally, there could be a further change within the Volkswagen Group, with Auto Motor und Sport indicating that Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann could become the new boss of Quattro GmbH, with Stefano Domenicali reportedly poised to replace Winkelmann at the Italian brand.

Both Audi and Lamborghini are competing in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona with customer efforts with the R8 LMS and Huracan GT3, respectively.

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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