After five consecutive calendar weeks in which the Audi R8 LMS GT3 sports car celebrated 17 victories around the world, the Audi RS 3 LMS had an excellent third weekend in August 2020. The entry touring car range of Audi Sport customer racing has won four victories and a total of nine podiums.
Two victories in Estonia: For the first time the Audi RS 3 LMS took part in a race in the Baltic States. Team LV Racing won three trophies in the endurance and sprint races of the Pärnu Summer Race on the Baltic Sea. On Saturday August 15, the private team successfully mastered the 6 hour race. Estonian Martin Rump, known as the winner of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup and GT World Challenge Asia, took pole position in the TCR class in the Audi RS 3 LMS. Until the middle of the race, the Audi team fought a battle with the Noker Racing Team, who then retired. After 250 laps, Martin Rump and his team-mates Antti Rantala from Finland and Konstantīns Calko from Latvia won the TCR category by four laps. At the same time, the team finished fourth overall at the opening of BEC6H, ahead of several GT sports cars. On Sunday, two sprints were on the program at Auto24Ring north of the port city of Pärnu. This time, Ģirts Krūzmanis drove the Audi RS 3 LMS for Team LV Racing. The Latvian took second place in the TCR category in the first race and won the second race with a lead of 15 seconds.
Zachary Vanier continued his winning streak in Canada. The only 17-year-old junior driver, who had already won a race at the opening of the Canadian Touring Car Championship at the end of July 2020, won both races in the TCR category at the second end of race week. At Shannonville Motorsport Park, halfway between Toronto and Montreal, he led the Audi RS 3 LMS to an imposing victory in the first race with a lead of 32 seconds. He was followed by Marco Cirone of Mark Motors Racing, Ron Tomlinson of TWOth Autosport and Damon Sharpe of Blanchet Motorsports, three other privates counting on the Audi RS 3 LMS in a field of eight contenders for the TCR. The Pfaff Motorsports team were also unbeatable in the second 40-minute race. Vanier won again ahead of Cirone, this time with a lead of 22 seconds. After two of the three races in the Canadian Touring Car Championship, Vanier leads the TCR standings with 497 points, ahead of Cirone with 479 points. The final decision and therefore the title will follow in two weeks on the Calabogie circuit.
Second place in the Scandinavian season opener: Last year's champion team Brink Motorsport took second place in the first round of the TCR Scandinavia 2020. Tobias Brink took pole position on the Audi RS 3 LMS in second qualifying at the Gelleråsen circuit in the Audi RS 3 LMS, setting a new record in the process. In the first of three sprint races, he finished second after 17 laps. Rob Huff, who was placed in front of him, was penalized for an unfair passing maneuver in the fight with Brink and fell back to fourth place. Brink then led the second race, but was assessed a 20-second penalty due to a false start, which dropped him to ninth.