Class victory at Spa
Mixed success for Audi Sport at the Spa 24 Hour in 2022.
Although an outright win in this year’s Spa 24 hour race proved elusive, Audi Sport customer racing teams brought home plenty of silverware from the famed Belgium circuit across the competition classes.
1 August, 2022
Audi Sport customer racing privateer teams clinched first and second in the Silver Cup classification
On of the most celebrated and challenging circuits in Europe, Spa’s seven-kilometre track in the Ardennes again lived up to its reputation for the running of the Spa 24 hour race over the weekend.
An overall winner here four times in the past, an outright victory may have eluded the brand in 2022, but there was no shortage of standout performances from Audi Sport customer teams across the weekend.
Most notably, the Team WRT driver lineup of Benjamin Goethe, Thomas Neubauer and Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer won a commanding victory in the Silver Cup category over fellow Audi team Attempto Racing, taking the checkered flag with a 1.22-minute lead over their Audi rivals.
The Audis made their way to the front of the pack early on in the race and established a commanding lead that remained throughout the race. Their only real competition came from Lamborghini which mounted a challenge on the leaders but never failed to convert that into a win, even if it did make for some exciting racing towards the end.
The win pushed the trio into the lead of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Silver Cup.
“Congratulations to our customers from WRT and Attempto Racing on their fine results,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.
“We are particularly pleased that this is not their first success this year. At the Dubai 24 Hours, Thomas Neubauer managed overall victory in January in an Audi ahead of Benjamin Goethe and Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer.”
Audi Sport also managed a podium result in the Gold Cup category with Ulysse de Pauw, Arnold Robin, Maxim Robin and Ryuichiro Tomita staging a fight back after slipping back in the field to clinch the second spot on the podium in their Team WRT R8 LMS.
In the overall classification though, a fifth Spa 24 hour title was not to be, with everything from tyre issues to accidents ending any chance of an outright victory.
“We would have liked to have raced for our fifth overall victory at Spa with our Audi Sport teams as well but there were too many adversities this weekend. Still, a big thank you to everyone because they remained highly motivated until the end.”
Despite dropping to the back of the 66-car field at one point due to tyre damage, the Audi Sport Team Attempto managed to fight its way through the filed to finish in 12th overall, while the #46 Audi of Nico Müller suffered damaged in an accident, only to return to the track after nearly 10 minutes in the pits. This gave Müller's teammate and former motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi, a chance around the Belgium track with that Audi ultimately finishing 17th overall.
Tyre issues and accidents put paid to any chance of a fifth Spa title for Audi Sport in 2022
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