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New Audi R8 LMS GTD To Debut At Daytona

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Audi will aim to repeat its strong success of the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona as a new era of US motor racing begins at the 52nd running of the iconic Floridian race.

The 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona will signal the start of the inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a merger of Grand-Am and the American Le Mans Series. The result is an incredibly strong and diverse grid of over 70 prototypes and GT sports cars signed up to compete at Daytona.

Five Audi R8 LMS will line up in the ‘GT Daytona’ category for production-based sports cars. Audi Sport customer racing developed a GTD version of the successful GT3 equivalent, made especially for TUSCC and making its debut at Daytona.

“We competed at Daytona a year ago in order to highlight the qualities of the R8,” said Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “We achieved this perfectly after taking a one-two finish in the GT class. Since then, demand in the USA has risen sharply. We are delighted that four teams now rely on the Audi R8 LMS to begin the TUSCC – particularly as all four teams have a good reputation in the USA. We are intrigued to see how they will measure up at Daytona and in the other races.”

Audi Sport customer racing will support all of the American teams running the R8 LMS, which includes GMG Racing, Fall-Line Motorsports, Paul Miller Racing and two entrants representing Flying Lizard Motorsports.

All four teams will be in action during this weekend’s ‘Roar Before the Rolex 24’ event, before the race week at the end of January, with practice sessions held on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 January. The race will start at 2:30pm local time on Saturday 25 January.

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