Monday 30 January 2012

American premiere for Audi R8 GRAND-AM

American premiere for Audi R8 GRAND-AM

• Debut of new development for the North American market
• Two customer teams to contest entire season
• Both cars classified in 24-hour race at Daytona

Ingolstadt, January 29, 2012 – Further boost for an attractive scene: the GRANDAM
Rolex Sports Car Series has a new member – the Audi R8 GRAND-AM. Two
examples of the powerful 480 hp GT sportscar celebrated their premiere in tough
conditions at Daytona. The customer teams APR Motorsport and Oryx Racing were
classified at the finish.
Audi Sport customer racing’s attractive program is a valuable element richer: the
Audi R8 GRAND-AM vitalizes the hard fought North American market in GT racing
since January. No less than 44 GT race cars contested the season opener in Florida.
The 50th running and anniversary event of the ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’ provided a
worthy venue for the debut of the Audi R8 GRAND-AM car. Team APR Motorsport
finished in 31st place with its drivers Ian Baas (USA)/Nelson Canache (YV)/Dion von
Moltke (ZA)/Dr. Jim Norman (USA)/Emanuele Pirro (I). Oryx Racing came home in
32nd place with Humaid Al Masaood (UAE)/Saeed Al Mehairi (UAE)/Steven Kane
At all other GRAND-AM races up to the end of September the race car, newly
developed by quattro GmbH, will compete in the United States and Canada in the
hands of private customer teams. The customer racing car is distributed through
Audi of America. Brad Kettler, who has been integrated for many years as engineer
in Audi’s Le Mans program, has built up a service and logistic structure. As a result,
the Audi customers are provided with expert support during race preparation and
also during the events.
In addition to the bases in Japan, Australia and China a fourth base is now also
created in the USA in order to provide optimum support for the private teams with
their cars. Under these conditions the Audi R8 GRAND-Am has the opportunity of
continuing the blossoming success story in the hands of customer teams. The US
version was developed using the Audi R8 LMS as basis. This GT3 sportscar has won
no less than 118 races and 13 championship titles worldwide since 2009. Its
successor – the Audi R8 LMS ultra available from March – will make its debut in a few

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