Filippo Barberi wins Coppa Italia Turismo Endurance
Glenn Nirwan prevails in Indonesia
–Success for Audi GT drivers in South Africa
The Audi RS 3 LMS continues its worldwide winning streak in November. While victories in Italy and Asia further improve the customers’ results, the drivers also maintain their leading positions in the Kumho TCR World Ranking. The Audi drivers are by far the most successful participants there in the first 45 calendar weeks of the year.
Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)
Audi one-two victory at the finale: The two Audi customer teams Aikoa Racing and BF Motorsport dominated the finale of the Coppa Italia Turismo Endurance. The Audi RS 3 LMS of Nicola Baldan/Filippo Barberi was ahead of the identical car of Erik Brigliadori/Iuri Brigliadori/Sandro Pelatti over the entire two-hour race in Magione. Just 2.8 seconds separated the touring cars at the finish in Umbria in central Italy after 87 laps. The title in this race series thus went to Filippo Barberi.
After the conclusion of the two Italian sprint racing series TCR Italy and Coppa Italia Turismo, in each of which Audi drivers were in front, this was the third Italian TCR title for a private Audi driver within a few weeks. Aikoa Racing was the title winner in each of the three series.
This means that the Audi touring car has already clinched five TCR championship titles worldwide in the current season. The drivers of the Audi RS 3 LMS have won a total of 108 races.
Top rankings: The good individual results of the Audi RS 3 LMS in the various official TCR racing series worldwide also have a positive effect in a new overall ranking. The Kumho TCR World Ranking compiles the ranking of all TCR drivers week by week based on competitions around the globe. Audi drivers have been at the top in 25 of the 45 calendar weeks so far.
Argentinian Franco Girolami, this year’s winner of TCR Italy with Audi, was at the top for one week. Belgian Audi Sport driver Frédéric Vervisch, who contests the TCR World Tour for Audi Sport Team Comtoyou, maintained first place for 23 weeks. His British teammate Rob Huff took the lead in the previous week. No other brand has been that dominant this year.
Success in Indonesia: Glenn Nirwan continued his series of first-class results in Indonesian racing. The local driver, who drives an Audi RS 3 LMS for the BRM Motorsport team, won the seventh round of the Euro Touring Car Championship in the Indonesian Sentul Series of Motorsport in Sentul with a lead of 4.7 seconds.
He thus remains unbeaten in this category and won this year’s Super Euro Class. He finished second in the Indonesia Touring Car Race at the same event and also came out on top in the standings there.
|Audi R8 LMS GT4
Successful finale: At the ninth round of the G&H Transport Extreme Supercars Series on the Zwartkops circuit in South Africa, two Audi privateer drivers recorded good results in the Audi R8 LMS GT4. Joseph Ellerine secured class victory in the second race. Marius Jackson, who started in a different class, achieved third place there. Both drivers also won the titles in their respective classes as a result.
Coming up next week
23–26/11 Adelaide (AUS), round 6, GT World Challenge Australia