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Double At The Ring For Rotek

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Rotek Racing enjoyed an incredibly successful Nurburgring 6 Hours, taking a double class victory with the Audi TTRS SP4T and the new Audi RS4 SP8.

Rob Huff took the TTRS to class pole in Saturday’s qualifying session, but was forced to start further down the grid after a spin from gentleman driver Richard Meins under yellow-flag conditions during mandatory night practice, which also forms part of the qualifying process.

Kevin Gleason, who partnered Huff in the 2013 25 Hours of Thunderhill, took the start of the race, despite the event being his debut at the ‘Ring. The Continental Tyre Sportscar Challenge driver quickly adapted to ‘Green Hell’, bringing the car up to 15th from 21st on the grid before handing over to Meins.

A strong stint from Meins allowed Huff to take the reins and bring the Audi up in to the top ten overall at the halfway stage of the race while chasing down the more powerful GT3 spec machines.

The conclusion of the race then came down to Gleason and Meins, who maintained a strong pace and managed to bring the car home in ninth overall, and first in the SP4T class.

Meanwhile, Rotek Racing’s second entry, the newly built Audi RS4 saw BTCC drivers Robb Holland and Rob Austin take to the wheel alongside Bill Caswell and multiple VLN champion Danny Kubasik. Despite battling with some expected new-car teething problems, the team battled through to take a well deserved class victory.

“There’s no doubt that the entire Rotek Racing team had a lot of fun out there and everybody involved performed brilliantly to achieve the team’s first double victory,” said Holland. “It stands us in good stead for the 24-hour race in June and the rest of the German VLN Endurance Championship programme here at the Nürburgring.

“It was great to have such big characters racing for the team, as it made the weekend a massive pleasure. For the TTRS to show such outstanding pace demonstrates that Rotek Racing has the ability to provide superb race cars for everybody, from motorsport’s elite to less experienced club racers.”

Rotek will return to the Nurburgring for the gruelling ADAC Nurburgring 24 Hours on 19-22 June, where once again it plans to field a two-car assault.

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