- The Audi R8 LMS wins the GTD category in the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race
- The #44 Magnus Audi R8 LMS drives 2,502 miles in twenty-four hours to take the checkered flag in the GTD category
- Audi R8 LMS wins it US racing debut in IMSA 24 hour classic
In one of the most exciting and competitive races to kick off the IMSA 2016 season, the Audi R8 LMS took the checkered flag following a nail biting finish. Audi factory driver, Rene Rast, drove the final stint that required limiting fuel consumption to play out the team strategy in order to take the victory. The gap between the winning Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS and the next car was only 3.048 seconds after twenty-four hours with the top three finishing on the same lap.
The #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Krohn Racing race car was struck by a prototype causing the team to retire after 513 laps in the 20th hour. Magnus Racing and Stevenson Motorsports will compete for the remainder of the season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The next race will be at Sebring International Raceway on March 19th.
The Audi R8 LMS shares 50% of its parts and is equipped with the same engine as the 2017 Audi R8 production car that will go on sale this Spring. The win underscores the performance and durability engineered into every Audi R8 production car.