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After a 24 hour race filled with many retirements and far-from-ideal weather conditions, Audi emerged in second place behind the winning Porsche team.

26 Oct 2020 | International News : Belgium

A race with its outcome open up until the end, the balanced battle for victory by several brands, treacherous, changeable weather and many retirements. The 71st running of the Spa 24 Hours delivered nearly unrivaled suspense and drama.

In the end, after having led the race for hours on end in the battle for its fifth victory at Spa, Audi had to admit defeat to Porsche's Rowe Racing by merely 4.6 seconds, with second place claimed by Audi Sport Team Attempto and sixth position by Audi Sport Team Sainteloc.

The Audi R8 LMS #66 of Audi Sport Team Attempto came in second place despite two Audi teams having the front two positions from the 18th to 23rd hour
Before the race, Audi attracted major attention with its RS e-tron GT prototype leading the field during the formation lap, ringing in the electric age in GT racing. Audi Sport driver Kelvin van der Linde had the honour of leading the field in a prototype of the electric and sporting spearhead from Audi's product portfolio.

"This appearance earned us plenty of attention. Afterwards, we saw a true racing classic," says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. From the 18th to the 23rd hour of the race, as many as two different Audi teams were running in front with the R8 LMS.

When rain became increasingly intensive in the last 90 minutes, Porsche's Rowe Racing team intercepted the Attempto Audi while Sainteloc claimed sixth position. Car #30 from Audi Sport Team WRT crossed the finish line as the third-best Audi. The driver combination of Ferdinand Habsburg, Dennis Marschall, and Matthieu Vaxiviere, which had been formed just shortly before the beginning of the race, achieved 14th place.

Before the finale, Audi has moved up from sixth to third position in the manufacturers' classification. Like in 2019, the Kyalami 9 Hour from 10 to 12 December 2020 will conclude the championship in the only global GT3 racing series.

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