Before the New York International Auto Show, the Audi R8 LMS premiered in its GT4 version.
Audi Sport GmbH’s customer racing program has been experiencing rapid growth. Audi has been offering the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car since 2009, followed by the second generation of this success model in 2015, and the RS 3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016. Now Audi Sport’s portfolio of models has been extended once again.
GARCIA MISSES OUT ON GTLM VICTORY IN BIZARRE LONG BEACH FINISH: Antonio Garcia was a quarter mile from a second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory and a share of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class points lead in Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.
The closing driver in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R may have been different, but on Saturday the result was more of the same as Jordan Taylor – after watching his older brother and co-driver Ricky drive to victory in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar – made it three wins in a row by winning the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.
The iconic hairpin turn at the Long Beach street circuit played a central role in the fate of the No. 4 Corvette Racing team and co-drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner two years in a row.
Last year, this was the turn where Milner was spun out of the lead late in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race by Porsche driver Frederic Makowiecki, enabling Makowiecki’s Porsche teammate, Nick Tandy, to sneak past for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory. This year, the hairpin gave one back to the No. 4 teammates.
The No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG team played its race strategy to perfection in the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, enabling co-drivers Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette to earn their first victories in WeatherTech Championship competition in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.
The wave of momentum brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor established with wins in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar has seemingly carried over to the streets of Long Beach. Starting off the weekend by sweeping Friday’s opening two practice sessions for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, Ricky Taylor followed it up by winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Prior to Friday, Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen had qualified on pole twice for IMSA sports car races on the streets of Long Beach, taking the American Le Mans Series GT1 class pole in 2008 and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class pole in 2014.
In both cases, the Dane went on to win the next day. He’s hoping that trend will continue in Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach – which will be televised live on FOX at 4 p.m. ET – as Magnussen found success again in GTLM qualifying Friday night.