View article: Audi dominates inaugural Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours
16 October 2017

Audi dominates inaugural Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours

Kelvin Van Der Linde, Markus Winkelhock and Pierre Kaffer won the inaugural edition of the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours, at the wheel of the #44 Audi Sport Team Magnus R8. The outcome of the third round of the 2017 Intercontinental GT Challenge was decided less than twenty minutes from the end, when Van Der Linde passed Christopher Mies for the lead. The #29 Audi Sport Team Land R8 eventually finished a mere 2.488 seconds down on the leader, with the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren crossing the line in third. The Pro-Am winners’ trophy went to the #54 Black Swan Racing Porsche, a car that finished in fifth overall. GT4 honours went to another Porsche, the #26 Rearden Racing Cayman. That means that the GT3, GT3 Pro-Am and GT4 categories were all won by American teams.

  • View article: Audi Sport Team Magnus wins after nail-biting finish 16 October 2017

    Audi Sport Team Magnus wins after nail-biting finish

    Kelvin Van Der Linde, Markus Winkelhock and Pierre Kaffer won the inaugural edition of the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours, at the wheel of the #44 Audi Sport Team Magnus R8. The outcome of the third round of the 2017 Intercontinental GT Challenge was decided less than twenty minutes from the end, when Van Der Linde passed Christopher Mies for the lead. The #29 Audi Sport Team Land R8 eventually finished a mere 2.488 seconds down on the leader, with the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren crossing the line in third. The Pro-Am winners’ trophy went to the #54 Black Swan Racing Porsche, a car that finished in fifth overall. GT4 honours went to another Porsche, the #26 Rearden Racing Cayman.

  • View article: Audi continues to lead with two hours to go 15 October 2017

    Audi continues to lead with two hours to go

    With two hours to go in the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours, third round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, it’s still all Audi at the front. After a third safety car intervention brought the leaders back together at the end of the fifth hour, the top-5 is still on the lead lap.

  • View article: Audi 1-2-3 after four hours 15 October 2017

    Audi 1-2-3 after four hours

    A safety car intervention just before the halfway mark of the inaugural edition of the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours meant that the advantage of the leading #29 Audi Sport Team Land R8 was reduced to naught. The #44 Audi Sport Team Magnus R8 is still in second, with the #11 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 making it a Audi 1-2-3.

  • View article: Remembering Sean Edwards 15 October 2017

    Remembering Sean Edwards

    On October 15th 2013, Sean Edwards, who won the first-ever FIA GT3 European Championship in 2006, was tragically killed in a coaching accident. Since then, the SRO Motorsports Group has worked with Sean’s mother, Daphne, and with the Sean Edwards Foundation she has set up in his memory, to work towards better safety for drivers.

  • View article: Audi Sport Team Land R8 dominates opening hours 15 October 2017

    Audi Sport Team Land R8 dominates opening hours

    The opening two hours of the inaugural Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours were dominated by the #29 Audi Sport Team Land R8. Christopher Mies was at the wheel at the start of the race, and because of an early safety car-intervention, it took him some laps to create a comfortable gap. After two hours of racing they now have an 11 second advantage.

  • View article: Christopher Haase takes pole for Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours 14 October 2017

    Christopher Haase takes pole for Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours

    Christopher Haase (#29 Audi Sport Team Land R8) confirmed the speed of his car by taking pole position for the inaugural Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours, by lapping the Laguna Seca Circuit in 1’23.961. He beat Markus Winkelhock (#44 Audi Sport Team Magnus R8) by less than two tenths of a second. The top eight cars were separated by less than a second.

  • View article: Dutch duo leads qualifying 14 October 2017

    Dutch duo leads qualifying

    Dutch drivers Peter Kox (#43 RealTime Racing Acura) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (#54 Black Swan Racing Porsche) topped the timing sheets after the 45-minute qualifying session for the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours. The top-15 goes through to the Pole Shootout later this afternoon.