Audi Motorsport at the 51st ROLEX 24 at Daytona International Speedway

Today Audi with the best R8 GRAND-AM qualifying time, will be beginning from the third row, in the 24-hour race at the 51st ROLEX 24 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida on 26th, January 2013 . Filipe Albuquerque from the Audi customer teams is the fastest 6th driver among the top qualifier, who will be beginning from the third row, the 24-hour race in ROLEX 24 at Daytona in Florida. Filipe after good practice rounds on Thursday and tuned the Audi R8 GRAND-AM to a optimum level, drove a exceptional quickest lap in Florida and qualified the GT race by taking 6th grid position with the team mate Alex Job with a time of 1 minute 48.282 seconds and managed the 3rd best brand position in the qualifying GT race from 8 manufactures.

On the other hand, from Audi other drivers list, René Rast claimed the 2nd best time as an Audi driver by driving Audi R8 GRAND-AM  and got the 11th grid position by taking a time of 1 minute 48.581 seconds. While Markus Winkelhock from Audi has secured the front middle position[16th] among the total qualifying 37 GT vehicles, he is driving Audi R8 GRAND-AM from Rum Bum Racing and took a time of 1 minute 48.865 seconds. The final qualifier from is the American Matt Bell from APR Motorsport who has secured 27th grid position by driving the Audi R8 GRAND-AM and took a time of 1 minute 49.937 seconds.

The Audi Team is really preparing well for the 24-hour race by practicing on Thursday night and a final practice on Friday to best tuned themselves with the customer race sports car. The final bell for the race will ring at 15:30 local time on Saturday 26th, January 2013.

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Photo Gallery of 2013 Audi Motorsport at 51st ROLEX 24 at Daytona International Speedway

The Qualifying results

 Qualifiers  Timings[m-minute, s-seconds]
1 Nick Tandy(Porsche) 1m 47.631s
2 Andy Lally (Porsche) 1m 47.828s
3 Sean Edwards (Porsche) 1m 48.007s
4 Patrick Long (Porsche) 1m 48.137s
5 Alessandro Balzan (Ferrari) 1m 48.260s
6 Filipe Albuquerque (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 48.282s
7 Marco Seefried (Porsche) 1m 48.319s
8 Robin Liddell (Camaro) 1m 48.330s
9 Daniel Serra (Ferrari) 1m 48.521s
10 Anthony Lazzaro 1m 48.577s
11 René Rast (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 48.581s
16 Markus Winkelhock (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 48.865s
27 Matt Bell (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 49.937s

Remaining Event Details:

Saturday, January 26
7 AM DAYTONA 5K Run & Fun Walk
7:30 AM Garages open
8 AM Sprint FANZONE opens
9 AM – 9 PM Sprint FANZONE Kids Zone open
10 AM Catholic Mass Celebration – Media Center Press Conference Room
10 AM Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition Display in Goodyear Legends Area
10 - 10:45 AM Ferrari Challenge Recon and Race #2
10 AM - 12 AM Boardwalk Experience open – carnival rides
10 AM Grandstand gates open
11 AM – 9 PM Bavarian Beer Garden – Cafe 24 Activity Zone
11 – 11:25 AM Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition lap
11:15 AM Driver appearance: TELMEX Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabates Racing Team drivers Dario Franchitti, Memo Rojas & Scott Pruett in Champions Club hospitality area
11:25-11:40 Formula Vee Demonstration 50th Anniversary
11:35 AM Rolex Series Drivers Meeting – Gatorade Victory Lane
11:45 AM Champion’s Club milestone laps
12 PM – 12 AM Budweiser Party Porch open – tram service provided at Sprint FANZONE entrance
*Four day admission/garage access ticket/credential required
12:15 – 1 PM Rolex Series driver autograph session – Sprint FANZONE
1 - 6 PM Chili Cook-Off – Cafe 24 Activity Zone
1:30 - 5 PM Photos with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona trophy – Gatorade Victory Lane
2:05 PM Rolex Series driver introductions – Pit Road
3 PM Pre-race ceremonies – Pit Road
3:30 PM  START – 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona
6 – 8 PM Wine & Cheese Party – Cafe 24 Activity Zone
6 – 10 PM Taste of the 24 – Backstretch Suites
8 – 10 PM Live Band: The World Famous Trans Ams on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
10:30 PM – 12 AM Karaoke on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
Sunday, January 27
8 AM – 4 PM Sprint FANZONE opens
8 – 11 AM Cafe 24 Breakfast Garage – Cafe 24 Activity Zone
9 AM – 2 PM Photos with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona trophy – Gatorade Victory Lane
9 AM – 3:30 PM Sprint FANZONE Kids Zone open
10 AM – 4:30 PM Boardwalk Experience open – carnival rides
12 PM Worship Services by Central Florida Raceway Ministries in Driver’s Meeting Room
3:30 PM FINISH - 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona
7 PM Garages close

Auto Press Release 2013

Jan 25, 2013 , INGOLSTADT, Germany

Audi on third row of the grid at Daytona

- Filipe Albuquerque with Alex Job Racing is best Audi driver
– Teams are mainly focused on race preparation
– All four Audi R8 GRAND-AM cars are thoroughly prepared

 The best Audi R8 GRAND-AM will be starting into the 24-hour race at Daytona (Florida) from the third row. The fastest driver of the Audi customer teams in qualifying was Filipe Albuquerque.

Following several warm-up laps, the Audi factory driver managed to make a perfect landing. After the tire pressure had reached the planned optimum level, Albuquerque drove a flawless lap on the high-speed track in Florida. His time of 1m 48.282s earned him and Team Alex Job Racing grid position six in the GT class, making Audi the third-best brand in the field of the eight manufacturers.

René Rast achieved the second-best time of an Audi driver. The German from Team APR Motorsport took grid position eleven (1m 48.581s). Markus Winkelhock in the Audi R8 GRAND-AM qualified in the front half of the field of 34 GT vehicles as well. The Audi from Rum Bum Racing will start from position 16 (1m 48.865s) on Saturday. The American Matt Bell from APR Motorsport achieved grid position 27 in another R8 GRAND-AM.

The main focus of all the teams was and continues to be placed on preparing for the 24-hour race. All teams are using the remaining night practice on Thursday and a final practice on Friday to further refine the set-up of the customer race sports car. The race will start at 15:30 local time on Saturday.

Selected quotes

Romolo Liebchen (Head of Audi Sport customer racing):“In qualifying, there were no surprises. We concentrated on preparing for the race. It was important not to take any risks today. Together with the preparation in the tests at the end of last year and in the beginning of January, we’re tackling the race with a clear conscience. The drivers are giving us feedback confirming that we’re running with a set-up that provides very good drivability.”

Filipe Albuquerque (Audi R8 GRAND-AM #24/Alex Job Racing): “I’m very happy with my lap. I kept my cool because I knew that the first three laps are nothing special. I knew when I’d be able to attack. The tire pressure was developing according to plan and then I only needed a single lap. Everything was right on the dot. There was no more traffic and I made no mistakes. Afterward, the tires were used up. Things couldn’t have gone any better today. And in the other practice sessions we want to improve our car a little bit more. I’m looking forward to the race.”

Qualifying results

1 Nick Tandy (Porsche) 1m 47.631s
2 Andy Lally (Porsche) 1m 47.828s
3 Sean Edwards (Porsche) 1m 48.007s
4 Patrick Long (Porsche) 1m 48.137s
5 Alessandro Balzan (Ferrari) 1m 48.260s
6 Filipe Albuquerque (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 48.282s
7 Marco Seefried (Porsche) 1m 48.319s
8 Robin Liddell (Camaro) 1m 48.330s
9 Daniel Serra (Ferrari) 1m 48.521s
10 Anthony Lazzaro (Ferrari) 1m 48.577s
11 René Rast (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 48.581s
16 Markus Winkelhock (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 48.865s

27 Matt Bell (Audi R8 GRAND-AM) 1m 49.937s

Auto Press Release Source : Audi, DAYTONA