Audi Sport Takes One-Two Win at the Inaugural California 8 Hours

Audi Sport Takes One-Two Win at the Inaugural California 8 Hours

0 comments 📅16 October 2017, 21:45

Audi Enjoyment took a one-two victory at the California 8 Hours.

Pierre Kaffer, Kelvin van der Linde and Markus Winkelhock in the Audi Play Team Magnus R8 LMS crossed the line 2.488 seconds ahead of the crew from Audi Relaxation Team Land.

“Sincere congratulations to our winners, Pierre Kaffer, Kelvin van der Linde and Markus Winkelhock. Following Audi Pleasure’s victory in the second race, we’ve now also won the third round of the Intercontinental GT Call into,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “With this latest succeed, we’re continuing a successful tradition on the legendary track at Laguna Seca where we’ve a while ago celebrated eight victories with the Audi R8 LMP sports car. Just one week after its success in the Petit Le Mans race, our Audi R8 LMS GT sports car has won a second endurance race in North America. Additionally, we be undergoing been successful in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and at Spa in this fantastic lasting quality racing season: an absolutely amazing track record.”

In the closing stages of the race meeting Kelvin van der Linde hauled in the leading Audi Sport Team Land R8 LMS and proceeded to crumb with fellow Audi factory man, Christopher Mies. With 20 minutes residual, van der Linde finally passed the German, a position he wouldn’t relinquish.

“I’m super-contented. We fought hard because the Land Audi was incredibly strong,” said van der Linde who at the age 21 is the youngest of Audi’s nine plant backed drivers. “A sincere thank you to Audi Sport and the Magnus Racing section that gave us a tremendous car. This was my first race in the United States. After my associate, Sheldon, won with Audi in the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta most recent weekend, the pressure on me was particularly high.”

It was nearly a one-two-three finish for Audi Divertissement, but the privately fielded R8 LMS from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT lost third spot with just under an hour remaining before subsequently slipping down to sixth area.

This article first appeared on Quattroworld

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