|November 21, 2011
Motorsport Newsletter 36/2011: ADAC Christophorus for Martin Tomczyk
Source: Audi Motorsport
· Audi's DTM championship winner honored in Munich
· Macau win and championship victory in Australia for Audi R8 LMS
Ingolstadt, - Martin Tomczyk was named 'Motorsportler des Jahres' for the second time in his career on Saturday at the ADAC SportGala in Teatro in Munich. The Audi factory driver had previously won this award in 2007.
Honor in Munich: with more than 350 guests in attendance Martin Tomczyk accepted the award for 'Motorsportler des Jahres' at the ADAC SportGala on Saturday. The 2011 DTM championship winner was delighted about the large ADAC Christophorus made by Nymphenburger Porzellan. In addition to his performances the jury also praised his fighting spirit, his pleasant personality and his commitment to the team. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich made the speech at the ADAC SportGala.
Sensation in Macau: Audi driver Edoardo Mortara celebrated his third consecutive victory around the street circuit in China. Following his two Formula 3 races in 2009 and 2010 the Italian contested the Macau GT Cup for the first time this year. He won this year's event in an Audi R8 LMS by 6.47 seconds. In the previous two years he also celebrated his wins for the same concern: at the wheel of a Volkswagen-Dallara he became the first driver in history to win the Formula 3 Grand Prix twice in succession.
Championship win in Australia: Mark Eddy celebrated victory in the Australian GT Championship in the finale at Sandown with the Audi R8 LMS. For the race driver from Victoria it was the second title since 2008 and the first with Audi. It is the sixth championship win for an Audi Sport customer racing driver this year. The Audi GT3 race car has already won a total of 13 championship titles in its three year-old career.
Award-winning film: the film '13.854 seconds' honors Audi's tenth victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The production has now won two prizes: the film won Gold at the 'ITVA Awards' on Friday in Potsdam-Babelsberg. At the 'Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards' there was yet another Gold award in the category Marketing Communication. Fans can admire the films in the Internet at audi.tv and on the Audi YouTube channel.
Race driver in Cologne: the Audi Q3 experience stars in Cologne on November 24. Audi factory driver Mike Rockenfeller accompanies the appearance in Media Park. On Friday Martin Tomczyk was an integral part of the Audi Q3 experience event at the Spielbudenplatz in Hamburg.
Honor from double champion: Timo Scheider visited the 'Renn- und Rallye-Club Vorarlberg' Motorsport Gala on Saturday. The Audi factory driver presented the trophies for the Vorarlberger Automobil-Cup in the Hofsteigsaal in Lauterach. At the same time the 2008 and 2009 DTM championship winner collected a check for the charitable organization 'Stunde des Herzens'.
Outing in Essen: Motorsport fans can admire the new Audi A5 DTM at the Essen Motor Show. Four Audi factory drivers also visit the show. DTM winner Martin Tomczyk is guest at the press conference on November 25 and the exhibition opening from 10:00 hours. Mike Rockenfeller signs autographs on the ITR stand in Hall 3 at 11:00 and 14:00 in November 26. He is guest at Hankook in Hall 10 at 15:00. A day later Timo Scheider signs autographs at 11:00 and 14:00 on the ITR stand and is at Hankook at 13:00. Edoardo Mortara visits the motorsport exhibition a week later on December 3 and 4. Fans can get his autograph on both days at 11:00 and 14:00 at the ITR stand. He also visits the Hankook stand on Saturday and Sunday at 15:00.
Two wins in finale: César Campaniço and Ni Amorim won the last two races in the Portuguese GT Championship in an Audi R8 LMS. As a result, the duo finished the season in great style and took second place in the standings in Braga. At the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS Campaniço had previously secured victory in both the Taça Cup in Portugal with João Figueiredo and also the Spanish GTS Championship.
Hat trick under the thumb: Frank Biela celebrated his third consecutive victory at the Auto Bild Motorsport 24-hour slot car race at the Nürburgring Südschleife. His model race car of choice for the RCCO finale: an Audi R8 LMS. As with his three Le Mans wins between 2000 and 2002 he achieved this masterpiece with the same team. His former Le Mans team director Ralf Jüttner finished second in the Eifel slot car race.
A brief interview with ... Edoardo Mortara
You won for the third time in succession in Macau. Are you proud?
"I'm absolutely delighted about my first win in the Macau GT Cup. It was great to win my first GT race on the street circuit after the two Formula 3 victories. The Audi R8 LMS is fantastic."
Fastest in practice, in both qualifying sessions, race win and fastest lap. How difficult was this win?
"Indeed I had the best position with pole on the front row and was also confident, but this is by no means a guarantee for a successful race. Everybody knows just how difficult this street circuit is, and there were 31 cars on the grid. There was actually an accident due to oil on the track after two laps. Six opponents retired due to this. The race was interrupted to repair the barriers. I had to concentrate hard over the remaining laps. It's great that things went so well."
You finish your first motorsport season with Audi with two wins within just one week ...
"It's great to have won in the Audi R8 LMS to start with in Zhuhai and then to be right at the front again in Macau. The competition in Macau was obviously much stronger and the street circuit is unforgiving. I'm just happy to have been able to have such a great motorsport season with Audi in the DTM and also to have won two GT races in China to finish on a high."
Coming up next week
Nov 27 Twin Ring Motegi (J), races 5 and 6 Super Taikyu Series