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New Audi R8 LMS Scores First Victories - Web Exclusive

May 13, 2009
Eurp_0905_01_z+audi_r8_lms+front_view Photo 1/1   |   New Audi R8 LMS Scores First Victories - Web Exclusive

ADAC GT Masters: Abt Sportsline gave the new Audi R8 LMS its first two victories in the ADAC GT Masters at Assen, Holland. In both races, Christian Abt and his new teammate Jan Seyffarth prevailed in a tense final.

In the first race, Abt repelled an attack on the final lap from Cesar Campanico (Team Rosberg), who together with Nicolas Armindo gave Audi the perfect one-two finish. In the second race, Jan Seyffarth overtook the leading Corvette on the last lap.

The impressive performance of the new GT3 R8 from was completed by Michael Outzen and Henri Moser (Phoenix Racing) in fourth and third positions. Campanico/Armindo retired from the second race after a collision. Christian Abt took the overall championship lead following his two victories.

Belgian GT Championship: The Audi R8 LMS also celebrated its first victory in the Belgian GT Championship. As the support event to the 1000km race at Spa-Francorchamps, Jean-Francois Hemroulle and Tim Verbergt (Phoenix Racing) benefited in the first of the two races from a stop-and-go penalty awarded to the leading Viper, taking victory.

The first 15 minutes of the second race were held behind the safety car due to early morning fog. In their Audi R8 LMS, Hemroulle and Verbergt edged closer to the leading Viper on the drying track, but had to settle for second place. The two Audi drivers took the lead in the overall standings. French GT Championship: Team Oreca made an impressive debut with the Audi R8 LMS in the French GT Championship. Yvan Lebon recorded a podium finish in the first of the two races at Dijon with the support of five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela. In the second race Biela and Lebon once again battled with the leading group before they dropped back to sixth in the closing stages with a fuel supply problem.

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