Audi has won a class victory in the recently held Daytona 24 Hours! An Audi R8 GRAND-AM driven by Filipe Albuquerque, Oliver Jarvis, Edoardo Mortara and Dion von Moltke outraced other vehicles in the GT category, winning just by 1.4 seconds over a team comprised of Ian Baas/Marc Basseng, René Rast and Frank Stippler.
The Audi R8 GRAND-AM, powered by production-derived 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine, ran the Daytona for a whole and night, despite being driven at full throttle on 65 percent of each lap. Audi’s latest victory at the Daytona 24 Hours allowed the carmaker to win the world's most important 24-hour races – whether under commitments or in collaboration with customers. The Daytona 24 Hours represents a baptism of fire for the Audi R8 GRAND-AM, as the class event is considered to be the toughest GRAND-AM race of the year.
Audi fielded four updated customer sport race cars for three race teams in the event, and all of them managed to complete the 24-hour race. Each of the teams had taken the lead at least once and each had a chance to win their class until the end. Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, noted that they achieved this “dream result” on their second attempt at Daytona.
He noted that the Audi R8 GRAND-AM in the United States is continuing the chain of successes of its GT3 sister model, which has grabbed five overall victories at 24-hour races in Europe in the past two years. Of the three Audi teams, Alex Job Racing came out the winner. Mortara grabbed the lead for the team in the GT class, while teammates von Moltke, Albuquerque and Jarvis were able to set the pace to victory.