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Audi motorsports wins 24 Hours of Spa, adds to Audi’s endurance racing domination in 2012

Audi motorsports completed a unique hat-trick by adding victory at the Spa 24 Hours to its triumphs in this year’s twice-around-the-clock endurance classics at Le Mans and the Nurburgring – the first manufacturer in history to do so.

The Phoenix Audi R8 LMS ultra shared by Frank Stippler, Rene Rast and Andrea Piccini came out on top in a close confrontation with the sister WRT car driven by Stephane Ortelli, Christopher Haase and Christopher Mies. The two Audis were only briefly split by more than a lap until the final half hour of the race.

The 24 hour race at Spa-Francorchamps is the second oldest European endurance race, after the legendary Le Mans. Audi won last year and was hoping for a repeat.

Four “official” cars were entered, 2 from Phoenix racing and 2 from WRT. For an indication of how important this race was, look no further than the second Phoenix Racing entry, which featured Mr. Le Mans himself, Tom Kristensen, paired with Le Mans winners André Lotterer and Marcel Fässler.  The goal was to achieve history.

  Here are some fun facts that show Audi dominance in Endurance, prototype and GT series;

 –          12 Hours of Bathurst in Australia, R8 GT3 LMS win

–          12 hours of Sebring in USA, R18 TDi win

–          24 hours of Le Mans in France, R18 TDi Hybrid quattro win

–          24 hours of Nurburgring (green Hell), R8 GT3 LMS win

–          24 hours of Spa, R8 GT3 LMS win

–          Next 24 hours are in Zolder in September where we will have to defend last year title.

 Some fun facts about Spa this week end;

The first BMW Z4 was P3 and 2 laps down

The first Ferrari finished in P5, 7 laps down

The first Porsche finished in P7, 12 laps down

The first McLaren finished in P9, 12 laps down

The lone Lamborghini finished in P11, 23 laps down

The first Aston Martin finished in P16, 32 laps out.

The first Mercedes-Benz SLS finished in P19, 36 laps down

The Dodge was P22

The Mustang finished in P38, 175 laps down

The GT-R was a DNF in P62

More from Audi: http://audi-motorsport-blog.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-next-historic-success-for-audi.html?m=1

Congratulations, Audi Motorsport, from Audi Mission Viejo!