Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Marco Werner joins Audi Race Experience

. Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Entering its second season, the Audi Race Experience will once again offer amateur racing drivers a chance to contest an Audi R8 LMS in a real VLN race. Audi's Race Experience was the first driving "experience" of its kind when introduced last year and has since proved quite successful. Joining this season's roster of professional drivers is three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner, who will be sharing a cockpit with a lucky few of the program's pupils.

Press Release: Ingolstadt, April 27, 2011 – The Audi race experience enters its second season. Enthusiastic amateur race drivers with relevant experience have the possibility once again to contest a VLN endurance championship race at the Nürburgring with a professional Audi team. On each occasion one or two drivers share an Audi R8 LMS cockpit with a professional driver such as three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner or pros like Frank Schmickler and Florian Gruber.

The new team manager, who assumes control at the events with immediate effect, is Manfred Jantke. He has a great past in motorsport. His professional career started at the specialist magazine ‘auto motor und sport,’ which he left as deputy chief editor in 1972, in order to join Porsche AG as PR Boss and Race Director. He stayed with the company for 20 years and, among other successes, can lay claim to seven Le Mans victories. He returns once again to racing for the Audi race experience. Jantke will support the team with his experience at four rounds of the VLN endurance championship and at the 24-hour race around the Nürburgring.

The Audi race experience team receives a visit from ‘down under’ for round 4 of the VLN on May 27 and 28. The Australians Warren Luff and Craig Lowndes come to Germany to personally experience the fascination of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The two race pros previously raced the R8 LMS in the Bathurst 12 Hours (AUS) where they finished second overall. As a driver pairing, they compete for the first time in Germany.

The Audi race experience calendar:

May 13/14, 2011 VLN (6 hours)
May 27/28, 2011 VLN (4 hours)
June 24–26, 2011 Nürburgring 24 Hours
Aug 26/27, 2011 VLN (6 hours)
Oct 14/15, 2011 VLN (4 hours)

Source: Audi Motorsport