24h Spa

Audi defends title at Spa

The 24-hours race at Spa is the season’s highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Series and probably the most important races for GT3 cars in the world. 66 sports cars from twelve different marques competed at the 54th running of the race on the Grand Prix circuit in the Belgian Ardennes this yerar. After 509 laps on the 7.004-kilometer track two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars prevailed against their competition. Andrea Piccini (I), René Rast (D) and Frank Stippler (D) triumphed in the R8 of Audi Sport Team Phoenix in front of their brand colleagues Christopher Haase (D), Christopher Mies (D) and Stéphane Ortelli (MC) from Audi Sport Team WRT. Therefore Audi repeats the triumph from 2011. For the first time ever, an automobile manufacturer managed to decide the three most important 24-hour races in Europe in its favor in the same year: Nürburgring (D), Le Mans (F) and now Spa (B) – within just 71 days

The Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler (CH), Tom Kristensen (DK) and André Lotterer (D) in the second car of Audi Sport Team Phoenix finished in sixth place after a spectacular recovery from position 63.

As the best Audi customer team, the British GT3 Racing squad with their Audi R8 LMS achieved a remarkable 14th place overall and ninth in the Pro Am class. “And right in our first 24-hour race and only our fourth running of this car,” said Team Director Aaron Scott, positively summing up the race. Teams Saintéloc Racing, JB Motorsport and Alfab finished with their R8 LMS cars as well. The R8 LMS ultra cars from Saintéloc Racing and United Autosports retired due to accidents. The French Saintéloc squad was running in the sensational fifth place overall some of the time.