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2018
16 DEC

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> Team WRT in all title fights in 2018: three more crowns added to the roll of honour

- Success in the Blancpain GT Series continued with Teams’ title in the Sprint Cup and triple runner-up honours - Bathurst 12 Hours win enriches the collection of successes in iconic endurance races - Five race wins in first year of FIA WTCR Cup - Double title (Drivers’ and Teams’) in TCR Benelux - J-K Vernay also takes runner-up glory in TCR Europe   The ninth season of race activity for Team WRT has come to a close; once again, the Belgian squad, which this year focused its activities on GT3 and TCR racing, was at the forefront and added more titles to its impressive roll of honour.   The team actually was in contention for title honours until the very last race in all the competitions it contested, bringing home 3 crowns and being a close runner-up in 4 other standings.   Team Principal Vincent Vosse assesses the season with balance: “In 2018, we have been again extremely competitive, I am proud and happy of the terrific job produced by all drivers and all members of the team, and I value a lot the fact that we have been in contention for the titles until the very last moment in all the competitions we entered. We may have not won as many titles as we could, but that’s racing, we lacked a bit of ‘réussite’, a French word that has no perfect translation in other languages, but refers to both success and luck. There is of course a glimpse of disappointment as we missed 4 extra titles finishing runners-up instead, and there are always lessons to be learnt but that doesn’t question the fundamentals of our team, which remain solidly valid, and our aim to win.”   GT3 Racing   GT3 racing remained the core activity of Team WRT, who was again, under the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT banner, one of the top forces in the Blancpain GT Series, the world’s most well-attended and competitive series for GT3 cars. In the Sprint Cup, the Belgian outfit retained the Teams’ title, the sixth in a row, which means being unbeaten since the Sprint Cup was created in 2013, and the 22nd crown in a Blancpain-labelled series. Unfortunately, the Drivers’ crown eluded Christopher Mies-Álex Riberas in the closing laps of a dramatic finale at the Nürburgring. This, and a more challenging season in the Endurance Cup, left the team and the German - Spanish duo with runner-up honours also in the overall standings of the Blancpain GT Series.   The long-distance races saw again the Audis R8 LMS ran by Team WRT among the front-runners, but yielded frustrating results at the Nürburgring 24 Hours and the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The squad though conquered a fantastic win in the Bathurst 12 Hours with Stuart Leonard-Dries Vanthoor-Robin Frijns. For a first attempt on the legendary Australian race, there couldn’t be a better reward to the very long journey.   Team WRT also had the pleasure to sport Belgium’s historic yellow livery at the inaugural edition of the FIA GT Nations Cup held in Bahrain, where the young duo composed of Mike den Tandt-Charles Weerts shone by winning the first Qualifying Race before being victim of a race incident in the Main Race. The international outings were completed by a top-5 finish with Robin Frijns at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.   Reflecting on the GT3 racing season, Vincent Vosse notes: “We proved once again extremely competitive, and against very strong competitors, and we proved as competitive in sprint races than in endurance races, like shown by our wins at Monza, where no Audi ever won before, or at Bathurst, where we were total rookies. We were though faced with more events and incidents in some of the key races and the key moments, and this is why we will probably keep a sour-sweet taste of this 2019 season…”   TCR Racing     TCR racing was the other main ground of activity for Team WRT, with the Audi RS3 LMS again among the top contenders. The newly-launched FIA WTCR Cup, resulting from the merge of the FIA WTCC and the TCR International Series, proved very competitive, with Team WRT (under the colours of Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team) finishing the world ranking as the best Audi Team in fifth in both the Teams’ and Drivers’ standings, while Jean-Karl Vernay remained a title contender until the season closure in Macau thanks to victories at Marrakesh, Zandvoort, Wuhan and Macau. His team mate Gordon Shedden rounded the team’s achievements with an emotional win at Wuhan.   As Leopard Lukoil Team, Team WRT was also involved in the TCR Europe, held for the first time as a full-fledged series, with Jean-Karl Vernay finishing a close runner-up with three race wins. The result left some frustration, as the Frenchman had to miss the two races in Zandvoort, where the TCR Europe shared the event with the FIA WTCR. As sporting regulations prevented to take part to both events, Vernay could not contest in the TCR Europe there, missing crucial points.   The Frenchman though signed a perfect campaign in the TCR Benelux (ran within the TCR Europe), clinching 5 wins and the Drivers’ title, with Leopard Lukoil Team clinching Teams’ title, the third consecutive for Team WRT in the three-country series.   “TCR racing has given us a lot of satisfactions”, reckons Vincent Vosse, “The new FIA WTCR Cup was very closely-fought and I find it telling that we took five out of the six wins of the Audis. In the TCR Europe, we probably lost the title because of the Zandvoort clash. In a series with only 7 events, and which proved competitive, the risk unfortunately was there…”   While 2019 is still a couple of weeks away in the calendar, it has already started for Team WRT, which is working around the clock to prepare a season that promises to be busy and exciting. Besides the continuing programmes in GT3 and TCR racing, Team WRT will make its debut in one of the most high-level and spectacular series, the DTM… “It will be a new, tough and exciting challenge”, reckons Vincent Vosse, “but it is clear that our commitment and determination will be exactly the same in the three areas of activity: GT3, TCR and DTM. We are aiming at doing well and winning everywhere!”   A quick round-up of the Team WRT’s main achievements in 2018… CHAMPION – Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Teams (as Belgian Audi Club Team WRT) RUNNER-UP – Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Drivers (C.Mies-A.Riberas) RUNNER-UP – Blancpain GT Series Teams (as Belgian Audi Club Team WRT) RUNNER-UP – Blancpain GT Series Drivers (C.Mies-A.Riberas) WINNER – Bathurst 12 Hours (R.Frijns-S.Leonard-D.Vanthoor) 5th - FIA GT World Cup at Macau (R.Frijns) WINNER – FIA GT Nations Cup Qualifying Race 1 (M.den Tandt-Ch.Weerts) 5th – FIA WTCR Cup Drivers (J-K Vernay) and Teams (as Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team) RUNNER-UP – TCR Europe Series Drivers (J-K Vernay) CHAMPION - TCR Benelux Series Teams (as Leopard Lukoil Team) CHAMPION - TCR Benelux Series Drivers (J-K Vernay)
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2018
16 DEC

NEWS

> Team WRT in all title fights in 2018: three more crowns added to the roll of honour

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2018
02 DEC

RACE REVIEW

> FIA GT Nations Cup: the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT deserved better!

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2018
18 NOV

NEWS

> A last win for Vernay and WRT to conclude the FIA WTCR Oscaro 2018 season

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2018
14 NOV

RACE PREVIEW

> One more title shot for Vernay and Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team in Macau

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2018
28 OCT

RACE REVIEW

> Jean-Karl Vernay to defend title hopes till the last event of the FIA WTCR / OSCARO season in Macau

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2018
21 OCT

RACE PREVIEW

> WRT and J-K Vernay as 2018 TCR Benelux champions, the french driver runner-up in TCR Europe

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2018
19 OCT

RACE PREVIEW

> The TCR Europe and TCR Benelux titles to be awarded at the season finale

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2018
15 OCT

RACE PREVIEW

> WRT to represent Belgium on the first edition of the FIA GT Nations Cup

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2018
12 OCT

NEWS

> WRT to enter the 2019 DTM with Audi

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2018
07 OCT

RACE REVIEW

> Golden weekend for the Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team in Wuhan

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2018
30 SEPT

RACE REVIEW

> Frustrating weekend at Ningbo Speedpark

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2018
30 SEPT

RACE REVIEW

> Frustrating Blancpain season closing at Barcelona for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT

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2018
28 SEPT

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in bid for four titles at Blancpain GT Series finale in Barcelona

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2018
23 SEPT

RACE REVIEW

> Double wins at Monza, Vernay keeps alive TCR Europe title hope

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2018
20 SEPT

RACE PREVIEW

> WRT and Vernay head to Monza for the TCR Europe penultimate weekend

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2018
19 SEPT

RACE PREVIEW

> Team WRT Speedstar to represent Audi Sport in Macau for the 2018 FIA GT World Cup

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2018
18 SEPT

RACE PREVIEW

> Audi Sport Team WRT back in the US

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2018
16 SEPT

RACE REVIEW

> 6th Teams’ title for WRT in the Blancpain Sprint Cup

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2018
13 SEPT

RACE PREVIEW

> Team WRT heads to the Nürburgring for the Sprint Cup’s decisive tie-break

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2018
02 SEPT

RACE REVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT limits damage in a challenging Hungaroring weekend

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2018
30 AOûT

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to defend Sprint Cup double leadership at the Hungaroring

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2018
19 AOûT

RACE REVIEW

> Podium for JK Vernay and WRT in the Netherlands

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2018
08 AOûT

RACE PREVIEW

> New challenge for Audi Sport Team WRT in Japan

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2018
29 JUIL

RACE REVIEW

> A sour Total 24 Hours of Spa for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT

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2018
15 JUIL

RACE REVIEW

> A podium but bittersweet taste at the Slovakiaring

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2018
08 JUIL

RACE REVIEW

> Vernay minimazis the damgas in Hungary

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2018
06 JUIL

RACE PREVIEW

> Leopard Lukoil Team WRT to Hungaroring for a frontal assault

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2018
25 JUIN

RACE REVIEW

> Perfect weekend in Italy for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT as Riberas-Mies win twice

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2018
23 JUIN

RACE REVIEW

> Vernay & Shedden solid rookies in tricky FIA WTCR - Race of Portugal

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2018
22 JUIN

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT heads to Misano summer round as a four times leader

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2018
21 JUIN

RACE PREVIEW

> Vernay hunting for the hat trick, Shedden the Joker Lap challenge

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2018
10 JUIN

RACE REVIEW

> First victory in the TCR Europe for Vernay

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2018
08 JUIN

RACE PREVIEW

> Vernay returns to TCR Europe Series on his favorite track

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2018
03 JUIN

RACE REVIEW

> Frustrating Paul Ricard 1000 race for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT despite showing great competitivenness

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2018
01 JUIN

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT off to special Paul Ricard race to defend leadership in all standings

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2018
21 MAI

RACE REVIEW

> Vernay won WTCR Race3, double podium for Van Lagen in TCR Europe

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2018
20 MAI

RACE REVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT keeps points leadership with good result at Silverstone

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2018
19 MAI

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT hopeful of another sunny British weekend as it heads to Silverstone

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2018
16 MAI

RACE PREVIEW

> WTCR and TCR Europe on stage at Zandvoort

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2018
12 MAI

RACE REVIEW

> Vernay again in the points, consistent races by Shedden

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2018
06 MAI

NEWS

> Vernay close to victory in the opening round of the TCR Europe

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2018
06 MAI

RACE REVIEW

> Double 1-2 for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in a perfect Brands Hatch weekend

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2018
04 MAI

RACE PREVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT eager to write another nice story in its Brands Hatch book

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2018
02 MAI

NEWS

> The Leopard Lukoil Team ready to compete the 2018 TCR Europe Series

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2018
30 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> Perfect job but no reward for Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team in Hungary

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2018
28 AVR

RACE PREVIEW

> Vernay scores important points for the championship in a tricky Race1

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2018
27 AVR

RACE PREVIEW

> Vernay and Shedden in Hungary for the 2nd round of FIA WTCR Oscaro

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2018
22 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> At last! The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT conquers Monza for the first time after an outstanding performance

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2018
21 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT heads to Monza for the start of the 2018 Endurance Cup with renewed focus

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2018
12 AVR

NEWS

> DTM Champion René Rast in Audi RS 3 LMS with Audi Sport Team WRT

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2018
08 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> Jean-Karl Vernay takes dream win in Morocco

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2018
08 AVR

RACE REVIEW

> Home race at Zolder leaves the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT frustrated despite the excellent performance

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2018
07 AVR

RACE PREVIEW

> Home race at Zolder as first 2018 test for the reigning Sprint Cup champion Belgian Audi Club Team WRT

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2018
06 AVR

RACE PREVIEW

> Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team enter a new era

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2018
04 AVR

NEWS

> In Profile: Stuart Leonard’s rapid rise from amateur to Sprint Cup champion

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2018
23 MAR

NEWS

> The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT off, with even greater determatination, for another GT season at the top in 2018

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2018
22 MAR

NEWS

> Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team ready for WTCR 2018 assault

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2018
19 FEV

NEWS

> WRT to enter Blancpain GT Series Asia with OD Racing!

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2018
15 FEV

NEWS

> WRT to enter the new WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup with two Audi RS3 LMS!

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2018
04 FEV

RACE REVIEW

> Victory for the Audi Sport Team WRT in the Bathurst 12 Hours

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