Audi Sport customer racing handed over the fiftieth Audi R8 LMS to a customer team in motorsport on Thursday. The squad of Yaco Racing based in Plauen took over the GT3 race car at Audi Sport’s Böllinger Höfe site.
Audi is one of the most popular suppliers of the new generation of GT3 race cars. Only half a year following the production launch at Böllinger Höfe, Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, handed over the fiftieth car of the new generation. “We achieved the mark of fifty race cars sold in clearly less time than with the predecessor model,” says Reinke. “This is a result which all employees of Audi Sport customer racing can be proud of in the fiercely competitive global GT3 market.”
Yaco Racing’s team boss Uwe Geipel and race driver Philip Geipel (D) were obviously excited about the new season in the ADAC GT Masters on taking possession of the new car. The racing series will start at Oschersleben on April 17. Sport1 will be airing live coverage of all 14 rounds of the season. “We’ve been relying on Audi since 2013,” says Uwe Geipel. “Our development in racing is the reward for our commitment. Last year, we clinched our first victory in the finale at the Hockenheimring. We’re proud of starting the new season with the fiftieth model of Audi’s latest GT3 race car generation and are setting our sights on our next successes.”
Audi is represented in all renowned national and international GT3 racing series on four continents with the Audi R8 LMS. The company produced 137 cars of the preceding model, combined with the fiftieth R8 LMS of the new generation now totaling 187 GT3 models having been made in Neckarsulm. The R8 LMS is based on the high-performance sports car for the road with which it shares 50 percent of its components, including the production V10 engine.