It’s great to see proper motorsport back up and running after it had been locked down during the Coronavirus pandemic. The sim-racing that temporarily replaced it was, and is, cool but it’s not the real thing. Thankfully, real cars are back on real tarmac and making real noises again. In this case, the Audi R8 LMS made some big noise over the weekend, taking podium finishes in Italy, America and Spain.
The first win for the R8 LMS happened in Italy, at Mugello, where the Audi Sport Italia team won the three-hour endurance race with an Audi R8 LMS GT3. After a hard-fought battle with BMW M’s Alexander Sims, Riccardo Agostini finally overtook Sims before the first pit stop, with a nine-second lead. Agostini swapped with fellow teammate Daniel Mancinelli, who kept eight seconds of that lead during his time, before handing off to Mattia Drudi.
Drudi fought hard against Sims, even getting a bit physical and damaging the aero on his R8 LMS GT3. After it was all said and done, though, Drudi beat Sims for the outright win by just 26 thousandths of a second, after 498 race kilometres of racing. What an incredible race.
Audi Sport also took the victory in Sebring, during the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. In an Audi R8 LMS GT4, teammates Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal, won the very rainy day after a hard fought battle in treacherous conditions.
At the season openers of the Spanish endurance racing series, Campeonato de España Resistencia, Audi Sport took a GT4 class victory in the Audi R8 LMS GT4. Daniel Diaz-Varela and Manel Cerqueda were behind the wheel, for Team Baporo Motorsport.
All in, it was a good weekend for Audi Sport, who took several podium finishes. It’s good to see proper motorsport back in action and it’s great to see Audi Sport winning races again.