Despite ongoing COVID restrictions, Audi Sport customer racing was very much back on track, finishing the year with an impressive cache of victories and titles from around the globe.
24 December, 2021
Despite continued restrictions around the world keeping crowds to a minimum in many places, the action out on the track was relentless and exciting in 2021. It was also extremely successful once again for Audi Sport customer racing, with no less than 58 world titles as well as the introduction of two new model variants from the brand and a production milestone into the bargain.
The successes came across all four of the Audi sport model categories, with wins in GT2, GT3 and GT4 categories with the appropriate R8 models, as well as the TCR category where the Audi RS 3 LMS continues its dominant ways.
A total of 27 titles – from driver championships to team and junior classifications – went to the R8 LMS GT3 model after contesting 246 races worldwide resulting in 198 podium finishes including 79 victories. Amongst these was the Indianapolis 8 Hour in October and the Sebring 24 Hours, while Down Under, Australian Yasser Shahin wrapped up the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia title in the season finale at Bathurst, with Audi Sport driver, Christopher Mies flying in to partner him in the final race.
In the TCR class too, another Melbourne Performance Centre entry finished out the year in top spot, with Chaz Mostert wrapping up the TCR Australia Championship in the MPC Bostik Racing RS 3 LMS entry. In addition, the Audi RS 3 LMS (first generation) wrapped up another 16 international championships in 2021, including the New Zealand title, while the second generation RS 3 LMS car, which debuted this year, also won its first title with the Trophy classification in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. Both model generations together achieved 86 victories and a total of 258 podium places in 342 races this year. For the sixth time since 2017, a customer team also won a 24-hour race with an RS 3 LMS.
This year also saw the introduction of the second generation of the RS 3 LMS which debuted in July, while 2021 also marked the production of the 400th Audi GT model, a cumulative total made up of cars from the GT2, GT3 and GT4 categories.
“Our thanks go to the many dedicated and loyal customer teams that run our race cars from Canada to South America, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “They are the backbone of the program and the guarantors of our sporting successes.”
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