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Audi to Support Four Teams in N24

Audi Sport Customer Racing to support four teams in N24, announces driver lineups…

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Audi Sport Customer Racing will support four teams in this year’s Nürburgring 24, including three outfits that have previously won the race and a debutant. 

WRT, Land Motorsport and Phoenix Racing will each field one car in a hope of claiming another victory at the Green Hell while Audi Sport Team BWT contests the race for the first time.

Three Audi DTM pilots – Robin Frijns, Nico Mueller and Rene Rast – will form part of the lineups while factory sports car drivers Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies, Kelvin van der Linde, Frank Stippler, Dries Vanthoor, Frederic Vervisch and Markus Winkelhock will also compete, as well as Sheldon van der Linde. 

Mies and Kelvin van der Linde return to the Land car to defend their 2017 win, but will be joined by Sheldon van der Linde instead of fellow reigning winners Winkelhock and Connor De Phillippi.

“The Nürburgring 24 Hours has retained its character as an extreme challenge for pros and amateurs to this day,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport Customer Racing.

“With the teams supported by us and other private fieldings we are well set in the battle for overall victory.

“And with seven former winners on board we also have a strong driver squad.”

The teams and drivers will enter the first races of the VLN series in preparation for the 24-hour race on May 12-13, starting with this weekend’s VLN season-opener. 

Audi Sport Team WRT:
Robin Frijns – Rene Rast – Dries Vanthoor

Audi Sport Team Land:
Kelvin van der Linde – Sheldon van der Linde – Christopher Mies

Audi Sport Team Phoenix:
Nico Mueller – Frank Stippler – Frederic Vervisch

Audi Sport Team BWT:
Christopher Haase – Markus Winkelhock – TBC

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Bird

    March 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

    How many non factory supported Audis will there be?

    • Helmut

      March 21, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Last year there 6 GT3 Audi’s in total, including factory supported .

      • Helmut

        March 21, 2018 at 11:57 am

        Should have read there were

  2. Michael Schneider

    March 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I know a grueling race and anything can happen but those lineups though in a car that is made for endurance runs. They have put themselves in a good position.

  3. Brian

    March 21, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Can anyone tell me the difference between these teams and a team that just runs an Audi R8 on their own? Does Audi refuse to have additional personnel there if requested by a team? Or does that mean Audi financially helps them along with their resources?

    • gtgianlu

      March 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Audi Sport gives more technical support,works drivers and a car directly sourced from Audi Sport

    • Dan

      March 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Plus some cash to subsidize the costs.

      • gtgianlu

        March 21, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        Don’t think so mate,it’s more than enough that kind of support

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