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Audi R8 LMS GT4 Deliveries Begin

Audi Sport customer racing hands over first 12 Audi R8 LMS GT4 cars…

Delivery of the Audi R8 LMS GT4

Deliveries of the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 have begun, with the first 12 cars having been handed over to customers ahead of 2018.

Audi Sport GmbH CEO Stephan Winkelmann and Head of Audi Sport customer racing Chris Reinke personally welcomed the customers to their new cars Friday at Audi Sport’s headquarters in Neuburg.

Five cars have gone to customers in North America, for both the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge, while Audi China has taken delivery of two cars, for use in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, which expands to GT4 machinery next year.

Phoenix Racing, which was tasked with the car’s race development in Europe, has taken delivery of two cars, as has Dutch squad Team Bourguignon, with a single Audi GT4 going to an Australian customer.

“A new project always symbolizes new beginnings. The first deliveries mark a special moment for our customers as well as for us,” Reinke said.

“We wish the teams the best of success with the new Audi R8 LMS GT4.”

Following an extensive testing and development program that included races in VLN as well as the Nürburgring 24, the car will make its customer debut in next month’s Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai, where Phoenix will enter two cars.

Two weeks later, multiple customers will give the Audi GT4 its first outing in North America in the Continental Tire Challenge season-opener at Daytona, followed by the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour the following weekend.

The Audi R8 LMS Cup season, meanwhile, kicks off in Adelaide on March 2-4, with PWC’s season-opener at St. Petersburg set for the following weekend.

Photo: Audi

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. Dave

    December 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Photo above of Audis in straight line reminds me of a similar photo of Porches 917 in 1969

  2. Jason

    December 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Best of luck to the new owners. Go show them who’s the boss this season.

  3. Mike S

    December 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    How come GT3 Audi’s aren’t around anymore in WTSC and PWC. When they first arrived like 5 years ago there were a lot of them. Seemed like PWC was a majority Audi but only for a season. I see that GT4 here in NA might be a more equitable approach.

    • KEVIN BARTHOLEMY

      December 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      There is still time for an announcement my son. Be patient.

  4. Sol Shine

    December 15, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    $232,000USD. Without crash damage half a million minimum to run a season. How is this better than what it has replaced? And why do these upscale luxo car makers drop down into the cheap seats and choose to race against true mass produced cars that sell for 1/10 or less their price? GT4 in N. America is a sad joke, both in PWC and IMSA, the whole concept is a joke.

    • Guest

      December 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      McLaren, Audi, and Merc are going to be the beginning to the end of current GT4. Ironically they are cheaper than a crappy Camaro or Mustang.

      • Slicks in the wet

        December 16, 2017 at 3:34 am

        GT4 as a concept..factory cars that can race..is great.

        GT4 in practice…Not so sure.

    • Barber

      December 18, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Why are you blaming PWC and IMSA for the luxury manufacturers coming into GT4? How is GT4 in North America different from the rest of the world? It’s the same cars. It’s not IMSA and PWC’s fault that the SRO is allowing GT4 to evolve into GT3 2.0.

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