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Three-Pronged Approach for Audi at Nürburgring

Audi Sport customer racing set for busiest weekend of year at Nürburgring…

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Audi is preparing for one of its biggest events of the year, with more than 30 cars in action across three series at the Nürburgring this weekend. 

The German manufacturer’s three customer racing platforms will all be taking part in the Nürburgring 24, with seven Audi R8 LMS GT3s, an Audi R8 LMS GT4 and a pair of Audi RS 3 LMS TCR entered.

In addition to seven Audi TCR cars set to do battle in the FIA WTCR rounds on the Nordschleife, this weekend will see the European debut of the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

“Both internationally and in domestic motorsport, Audi Sport has a huge and loyal fan community,” said Head of Audi Sport customer racing Chris Reinke.

“For many enthusiasts, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is the bee’s knees.

“This year, with more than 30 race cars in three series and our Audi Sport Campus, we’re going to deliver a greater show to them than ever before.”

The campus, located in the paddock directly next to the Audi Sport race hospitality, will be home to all touring cars and cup car race cars this weekend, offering fans an “up-close experience” of its customer-based programs.

Audi will be seeking its fifth overall victory in the Nürburgring 24, coming in the tenth anniversary of Audi Sport customer racing’s participation in the German endurance classic.

A total of four Audi Sport-backed GT3 teams will do battle in the race, with reigning winners Land Motorsport being joined by Phoenix Racing, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and BWT Mücke Motorsport.

Phoenix will also field an Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the race, alongside TCR entries from Bonk Motorsport and Prosport Performance.

Its WTCR grid will also be boosted this weekend with the addition of reigning DTM champion Rene Rast, who will be a guest entrant in a seventh Audi TCR car. 

The Audi R8 LMS Cup, meanwhile, is set for two 30-minute sprint races this weekend on the Grand Prix circuit, with GT3 and GT4-spec R8 LMS machinery.

It marks the Asian-based championship’s European debut following its season-opener in Adelaide in March.

Track action for all three events kicks off on Thursday. 

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