Both Audi Sport-backed entries in next weekend’s Suzuka 10 Hours will pay homage to the brand’s 25 years of RS models with commemorative liveries for the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli round.
Team WRT’s Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo, to be driven by Dries Vanthoor, Frederic Vervisch and Kelvin van der Linde, will feature the No. 25 and compete in Nogaro Blue livery, the color that first appeared on the Audi RS 2 in 1994.
Audi’s second factory-supported entry, run by Absolute Racing for Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock, meanwhile, will be in a white livery, but with the No. 125 and will also carry a 25-year RS logo.
The German manufacturer currently sits third in the IGTC standings after a tough start to the season, although Haase, who scored a podium at Suzuka last year, is only 12 points behind points leaders Maxi Buhk and Maxi Goetz in the drivers’ championship heading into the penultimate round of the season.
“The Intercontinental GT Challenge is developing fantastically,” said Head of Audi Sport cuatomer racing Chris Reinke. “The title race has never been as varied and open as this year.
“At Suzuka, in front of a particularly knowledgeable audience with keen interest in endurance racing, we intend to impress with good performances and a varied appearance.”
A third Audi is also entered for the Japanese round by Super GT regulars Audi Team Hitotsuyama with drivers Richard Lyons, Alessio Picariello and Ryuichiro Tomita.