Three of Audi's Le Mans winning drivers will team up together for the very first time at the upcoming 24 Hours of Spa on the 28 and 29 July. A two car team from Audi Sport Team Phoenix, will look to carry on their winning ways, in a race, just like the NÃ¼rburgring 24 Hours, where GT3 cars are de riguer.
Mr “Le Mans” himself, 8-time winner, Denmark's Tom Kristensen, will partner Marcel FÃ¤ssler and AndrÃ© Lotterer, who along with Benoit Treluyer, have won the 24 Heures du Mans for the last two years. They will team up for the first time, and will compete using an Audi R8 LMS ultra, with the other vehicle being used by Andrea Piccini, RenÃ© Rast and Frank Stippler, who was part of the winning team at the NÃ¼rburgring.
Audi Sport Team WRT, the event's defending champions, have entered another two R8 LMS ultras this year, and is sending the following standard teams to Spa: Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis and Edward SandstrÃ¶m, with Christopher Hasse, Christopher Mies and Stephane Ortelli completing the line up.
And Kristensen is relishing the challenge at Spa, and had this to say about the event itself, as well as working with his new team mates:
“I'm hugely excited, because it's something completely new for me. I've not driven the Audi R8 LMS ultra in a race before. And I haven't actually ever competed in any other 24-hour race apart from Le Mans. Apart from that, I've only done round-the-clock competing twice, in a different discipline – and that was two cyclo-cross races on a mountain bike in Denmark …”
“I'm competing together with AndrÃ© and Marcel for the first time. They're two excellent teammates and they've just recently won in Le Mans. Audi Sport Team Phoenix is strong too, as it recently showed with its victory in the NÃ¼rburgring 24 Hours. We call our team manager Ernst Moser 'The Pusher,' because that's what he does – he really works hard and pushes us as far as we can go. We'll set ourselves high aims and then we'll see how we do.”
The race is the fourth round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, and due to the competitive nature of the series, the degree of talent racing is really high, plus with Kristensen's track record, it should be of benefit to Team Phoenix, who are looking to strive for victory again this season, as the next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series is being held on the 29 June at Le Castellet, with the teams looking to assert their dominance once again.