Daytona Rolex 24 Includes New Audi R8 LMS GT3 Race Cars 

Jan 29, 2016

The 2016 WeatherTech Championship season kicked off this weekend with the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona. Three of the all-new Audi R8 LMS GT3 race cars-driven by the Stevenson and Magnus racing teams-and one previous-generation R8 LMS driven by the Flying Lizard Motorsports team, joined the 22-car field for the GT Daytona (GTD) class, which adopted full FIA GT3 technical regulations in 2016.

Among those teams, the No. 44 car, with the team of John Potter, Andy Lally, René Rast and Marco Seefried, finished 14th; while the No. 9 car, with the team Tristian Vautier, Dion von Moltke, Boris Said and Kenny Habul finished 22nd.

“Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, a baby-faced 22-year-old racing prodigy from Brazil, took the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon in the No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda-powered Ligier JS P2, 26.166 seconds ahead of 2005 overall winner Max Angelleli in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP,” according to nascar.com.

“The R8 is the car that kicked-off the growth of our brand and inspired many aspiring drivers to pin up posters of it on their walls. Our customers can see the quality and performance that is engineered into every production R8 that shares just under 50 percent of its parts with the race car,” said Scott Keogh, President Audi of America. “We are optimistic about the 2016 race season with our race teams, the U.S. debut of the R8 LMS and the arrival of the R8 V10 production car this spring.”

The R8 LMS claimed a victory during its global race debut, the Nürburgring 24 Hours.