2018 Audi Sport customer racing announces largest number of entries for Pirelli World Challenge season

2018 Audi Sport customer racing announces largest number of entries for Pirelli World Challenge season
  • Audi Sport customer racing to compete in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge with nine entrees representing all three classes
  • Largest number of PWC entrees in brand history
  • Audi Sport customer racing continues expansion of globally homologated, stair-step customer racing offering in TCR, GT4 and GT3 classes

HERNDON, VA – March 8, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Audi of America announces a two-class offering for the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 9 – 11 with a TCR class joining the season at Circuit of the Americas, March 23 – 29. With a line-up of one Audi R8 LMS GT3, five R8 LMS GT4’s and three RS3 LMS entries, it is the largest Audi presence to compete in PWC in the brand’s history.

Audi Sport customer racing

In 2009, Audi Sport launched the customer racing program with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car, offering customers a vehicle specifically designed to compete in international GT3 racing. Updated in 2015, the Daytona-winning car continues to dominate in its endurance class and offers the pinnacle for customer racing in conjunction with the Audi brand.

Joining the ranks of the R8 LMS GT3, which has won every major endurance race around the world, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 was derived directly from the production of the R8 V10 Plus coupe, and shares 60 percent of its parts with the road car. The GT4’s performance make it ideal for amateur teams. Following its global debut at last year’s New York International Auto Show, the GT4 made its official U.S. race debut at the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona race weekend in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Introduced in 2017 with a U.S. race debut at the PWC VIR SprintX race weekend, the new Audi RS 3 LMS puts Audi Sport customer racing on an even broader base with an entry point to the brand’s motorsport efforts. The Audi RS 3 LMS was developed by Audi Sport customer racing for the new TCR touring car category globally and part of the Pirelli World Challenge as well as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in the U.S. The RS 3 LMS swept the podium in their IMSA debut at Daytona in January of this year. The first race for TCR teams in PWC this season will begin March 23, 2018 at Circuit of the Americas.

“We’re really excited about all of our customer racing cars competing in all three classes of Pirelli World Challenge this season,” said Tristan L. Herbert, senior manager, Motorsport & Customer Racing Audi Sport. “Our cars have shown good pace in testing and we look forward to competing in the championships this season.”

The teams/drivers are as follows, with more teams to be announced as the season progresses:

Model Team Drivers Social
R8 LMS GT3 TruSpeed AutoSport
Tyler Tedvic
No. 19
Parker Chase (USA) (GT, Sprint, SprintX)
Ryan Dalziel (USA) (GT, SprintX)
Facebook: TrueSpeedAutoSport
Twitter: @TruSpeed_


Model Allocated to Drivers Social
R8 LMS GT4 GMG Racing James Sofronas No. 4
George Kurtz (USA) (GTS A, Sprint, SprintX)
Colin Braun (USA) (Pro/Am, SprintX)
Facebook: @TeamGMG
Twitter: @gmgracing
Instagram: @gmgracing
R8 LMS GT4 GMG Racing James Sofronas No. 14
James Sofronas (USA) (GTS, Sprint, SprintX)
Alex Welch (USA) (Pro/Am, SprintX)
Facebook: @TeamGMG
Twitter: @gmgracing
Instagram: @gmgracing


Flying Lizard Motorsport
Darren Law
No. 45
Mike Hedlund (GTS A, Sprint, SprintX)
Facebook: FlyingLizardMotorsports
Twitter: @FlyingLizard_MS


Flying Lizard Motorsport
Darren Law
No. 23
Adam Merzon (GTS A, Sprint, SprintX)
Ryan Eversley (SprintX)
Facebook: FlyingLizardMotorsports
Twitter: @FlyingLizard_MS


M1 GT Racing
Remi Lanteigne
No. 2
Jason Bell (USA) (GTS, Sprint, SprintX)
Facebook: M1GTRacing
Twitter: @M1GTRacing


RS 3 LMS – TCR (as of Circuit of the Americas)

Model Owner Social
RS 3 LMS Compass Racing
Karl Thomson
No. 77
JT Coupal (USA)
Facebook: @C360R
Twitter: @compassracing
Instagram: @compassracing
RS 3 LMS Murillo Racing No. 74
Matt Fassnacht (USA)
Facebook: mattfassnacht
Twitter: @mattfassnacht
Instagram: mattfassnacht


2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

Date Track City/Region
March 9-11 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL
March 23-25 Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) Austin, TX
April 13-15 Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, CA
April 27-29 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA
May 18-20 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont., CAN
May 25-26, 28 Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT
June 22-24 Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
July 13-15 Portland International Raceway Portland, OR
August 10-12 Utah Motorsports Campus Grantsville, UT
Aug 31 – Sep 2 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, NY
October 26-28 Laguna Seca Raceway
(with SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge)
Salinas, CA

Watch expanded coverage on CBS Sports Network and live stream at http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo/


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Source: Audi of America, Inc.

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