René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde have won the ADAC GT Masters 2014 in the finale at Hockenheim. Audi, thus, has won its second championship title within 14 days with the Audi R8 LMS ultra, after the production based GT3 racecar winning the Blancpain Endurance Series title.
“I’m proud of my drivers and the team,” said a delighted Christian Abt, Team Boss of Prosperia C. Abt Racing. “Our drivers were consistent and always at the front, scored points in every race and worked step by step for the title. And they delivered the lion’s share of the points so that we could also defend the team title.” Christian Abt won the ADAC GT Masters in 2009 as driver with the Audi R8 LMS, in 2010 Team Abt Sportsline won the team classifications. Last year, Christian Abt was successful in the team classification as Team Boss of the newly formed Prosperia C. Abt Racing squad, now both titles went to the Frankfurt based team.
“Congratulations to our new Champions,” said Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport Communications Motorsport
René Rast has already won six motorsport titles for brands within the Volkswagen Group, however, this was his first win for Audi. It was Rene’s first championship in the R8 LMS ultra.
Kelvin van der Linde, the other driver, turned 18 since June. The South African from Johannesburg claimed three wins during the season and a total of nine podium positions together with his team mate in the hard-fought series. The GT3 models from seven brands were represented in Germany’s league of super sportscar.
The Audi R8 LMS ultra is developed, built, sold and supported by the quattro GmbH. More than 50 per cent of the race car is based on the production line R8 model. In the meantime, 120 examples of the GT3 racecar were delivered worldwide to customers.