A new era begins in US motor racing on the last weekend in January: the 52nd running of the endurance classic in Florida is the first race of new United SportsCar Championship (USCC).
Five Audi R8 LMS cars start in the strongest of the four classes. An impressive field of about 70 prototypes and GT sports cars join the grid for the opener at Daytona on January 25/26. The ‘GT Daytona’ (GTD) class for production-based sports cars, in which the Audi R8 LMS competes, forms the largest contingent.
Audi Sport customer racing developed a GTD version of the successful GT3 customer racing racecar, which makes its race debut at Daytona, specifically for the new US race series. As before, the Audi R8 LMS in GTD form bears the sporting genes of the R8 road car, with which it shares more than 50 per cent of its technology.
The ASF aluminum chassis, the robust V10 power plant with rebuild intervals of 20,000 kilometers or the sophisticated suspension incorporating double wishbones are just three examples of this.
Audi customer teams at Daytona
Audi R8 LMS #32 (GMG Racing)
Marc Basseng (D), Frank Stippler (D), James Sofronas (USA), Alex Welch (USA)
Audi R8 LMS #35 (Flying Lizard Motorsports)
Filipe Albuquerque (P), Seth Neimann (USA), Alessandro Latif (I), Dion von Moltke (USA)
Audi R8 LMS #45 (Flying Lizard Motorsports)
Nelson Canache Jr. (YV), Tim Pappas (USA), Spencer Pumpelly (USA), Markus Winkelhock (D)
Audi R8 LMS #46 (Fall-Line Motorsports)
Charles Espenlaub (USA), Oliver Jarvis (GB), Charlie Putman (USA), James Walker (GB)
Audi R8 LMS #48 (Paul Miller Racing)
Matt Bell (GB), Christopher Haase (D), Bryce Miller (USA), René Rast (D)