Audi abandons the 2009 American Le Mans Series

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

The latest R15 TDI sport prototype is the focus of Audi's motorsport programs for the 2009 season of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the modified A4 DTM racing touring car and the most recently designed R8 LMS for customer use in the GT3 class. The Audi Sport North America factory team will not stand for Audi in the 2009 American Le Mans Series. Because of its realigned program, Audi provides its customers a made-to-order vehicle concept for the very first time.

The new R8 LMS was developed by Audi Sport to fit the easy to use and frugal requisites in the production-based GT3 segment in international motorsport. The potent racecar that has in excess of 500 hp under the hood patterned on the Audi R8 is set to be conveyed in order to make its mark on the tracks throughout the season of 2009. Audi's participation in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) involvement will be discontinued.

Audi joined the American Le Mans Series in 2000 and has been influential in strengthening it ever since. The ALMS improved to turn into one of the most captivating motorsport series in a matter of a few years, which provided and still provides the exciting motorsport to a continually increasing fan community. Recognized around the world, the ALMS is regarded as the best sportscar championship in the world. The Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, positively comments concerning the AUDI AG involvement in the ALMS as follows: "The decision to withdraw was a very difficult one also for these reasons. Furthermore, with the Champion racing team we also had a partner that operates at the highest level.

The extraordinary dedication and precision of Team Champion was the key to Audi's victories over the last few years in America. We achieved an unprecedented winning series together. Since the 2000 season Audi has won the LMP1 title nine-times in succession in this high-calibre sportscar championship. Our brand dominated proceedings last season by taking seven wins in eleven races.

TDI in racing supported the market launch of Audi TDI technology in the USA perfectly." Although Audi focuses its factory participation in locations in Europe the whole 2009 season in these financially trying moments, the friends of the American motorsport will be treated to a first showing of the all-new Audi R15 TDI sports model which will debut on 21 March 2009 during the 12-hour race at Sebring, Florida, USA. This vintage international sportscar, which should be challenged by Audi Sport Team Joest, is customarily considered as outstanding preparation and ultimate race test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, France. Simultaneously, the demanding race at Sebring ensures a motorsport of excellence.

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