When the starting lights for the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring go out on September 26, 2020, Audi Sport wants to fight for the sixth overall victory with a strong entry from various Audi R8 LMS GT3 racing cars. Since the start of the customer racing program in 2009, the brand has already won the endurance classic five times with the GT3 sports car: the Audi R8 LMS. No other automaker has been so successful during this period.
“We managed to shape an era at the Nürburgring in just over a decade. On our twelfth start, we now want to fight for our sixth overall victory ”says Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing. Similar to last year, long-standing Audi Sport Car Collection Motorsport, Land-Motorsport and Phoenix Racing customer teams, as well as the Audi Sport customer racing team, are each entrusted with the task of an R8 LMS. In addition, the brand is awaiting further entries from private teams in various categories.
In total, twelve experienced professional drivers who compete for Audi in DTM, Formula E and customer racing share the cockpits of the three cars. Nine of them have already won the world's biggest car race with the Audi R8 LMS. The race takes place every year on a 25.378 kilometer long track with around 150 participants.
Markus Winkelhock is the most successful of them with three wins. As in 2019, he shares the wheel with Christopher Haase, two-time winner of the Audi Sport Team Car Collection. In addition, new recruit Mirko Bortolotti and DTM pilot Robin Frijns are also on board. Peter Schmidt’s Audi Sport team entered an R8 LMS in the Eifel race for the first time last year and immediately finished third.
Audi Sport Team Land won the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring for Audi in 2017. This year Wolfgang and Christian Land’s team will compete with DTM champion René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde. Each of them has won the race once. They alternate in the cockpit with double winner Christopher Mies as well as junior pilot Mattia Drudi.
Audi Sport Team Phoenix, based in Meuspath within sight of the Nürburgring, have already triumphed five times in their home race, including three with Audi – the last in 2019. With two-time winner Frank Stippler as well as Dries Vanthoor and Frédéric Vervisch, team manager Ernst Moser has three of last year's four winners by his side. Nico Müller, 2019 DTM finalist and 2015 winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, rounds out the quartet of drivers.
Audi Sport teams at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring
Audi Sport Team Car Collection
Mirko Bortolotti / Robin Frijns / Christopher Haase / Markus Winkelhock (I / NL / D / D)
Audi Sport Team Land
Mattia Drudi / Kelvin van der Linde / Christopher Mies / René Rast (I / ZA / D / D)
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Nico Müller / Frank Stippler / Dries Vanthoor / Frédéric Vervisch (CH / D / B / B)