Audi Sport’s R8 LMS GT2 has made its second public debut at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The 640bhp sports car was driven by Audi Sport driver Markus Winkelhock, from the racetrack at Francorchamps to the town center of Spa located 9km (5.6 miles) away from the circuit.
Before the field embarked on its 24-hour journey on Saturday, the cars followed the R8 LMS GT2 painted in Suzuka Gray into the warm-up lap. The Audi R8 LMS GT2 is the most powerful model in the brand’s customer racing program, and is equipped with state-of-the-art safety technology.
“Following its much-noticed debut at Goodwood, Spa was the perfect second appearance for the Audi R8 LMS GT2 in front of many fans and numerous potential customers,” said Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Other appearances at major public events in and outside of Europe, such as at Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, are already being planned.”
Starting next year, the new GT2 category will open up an attractive new field of activity. Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO), as the organizer, has already announced the future calendars for three continents.
The GT Sports Club Europe for GT2 models will be racing in five European countries in 2020, while the GT2 Sports Club America in the USA encompasses five events as well.
The GT2 Sports Club Asia completes the global platform with three events to be held in Malaysia, Japan and China. Audi is among the pioneers in this category. In 2020, SRO expects up to six manufacturers to compete in the GT2 class.