2018
08.08

RACE PREVIEW

> New challenge for Audi Sport Team WRT in Japan

 

- Two Audi R8 LMS cars on the grid under the “Audi Sport Team WRT” banner

- Second visit out of three for WRT in 2018 at Suzuka

- Japanese Grand Prix circuit one of the world’s most challenging tracks

 

WRT is leading the drivers’ classification of the Intercontinental GT Challenge and now faces a new task: From August 24 to 26, the young racing series will visit the circuit at Suzuka in Japan for the first time. The track 400 kilometers southwest of Tokyo with its combinations of turns that are unique in the world is a popular and challenging one.

 

Leader of the standings Audi is in a special situation: The Dutchman Robin Frijns has been continuously leading the standings ever since the beginning of the season in February following his victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour yet with WRT. However, he has to skip the third of four Intercontinental GT Challenge rounds because the Audi factory driver will be racing in the Audi RS 5 DTM the same weekend in round seven of the DTM at Misano World Circuit (Italie (Italy)). Two other regular WRT drivers, each with 25 championship points to their tally, are trailing Frijns in third place: Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor.

 

Audi Sport Team WRT is putting two R8 LMS cars on the grid. Frédéric Vervisch, Christopher Mies and Dries Vanthoor are sharing a cockpit while Stuart Leonard, Jake Dennis and Sheldon van der Linde are forming a team in the Belgians’ second car. Following free practice sessions on Friday, every driver has to contest a single qualifying session on Saturday. The subsequent single-lap shootout will determine the top 20 positions on the grid. The 10-hour race will start at 10 on Sunday morning, continuing a proud endurance racing tradition at Suzuka that marks the 47th occasion on which the crowd will witness the event known as the “Summer Endurance Race.”

 

The Audi Sport Team WRT entries in the Suzuka 10 Hours

Christopher Mies/Frédéric Vervisch/Dries Vanthoor (D/B/B)

Jake Dennis/Stuart Leonard/Sheldon van der Linde (GB/GB/ZA)

 

Picture: Audi Mediacenter

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