January 18, 2022

Audi drops plans for factory IMSA LMDh program – RACER

Its unclear whether remaining corporate problems from previous racing tasks including the main corporate arm in Germany and its American subsidiary have really been a think about the choice to concentrate on the FIA WEC, or if different issues appeared and led to the scuttling of Audis factory LMDh existence in IMSA.

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The adjustment follows the brand name actively pursued a North American partner group to field LMDhs on its behalf. RACER comprehends discussions with those possible groups– a minimum of one of which reached an innovative phase– were broken off by Audi after the option was made to concentrate on the FIA WEC.

No factory-led Audi LMDh entries are prepared for in IMSA, talks with customer groups have really stayed in movement and its believed a number of works-affiliated cars may be on the WeatherTech Championship grid in 2023.

Multiple attempts to get an official go over the shift in methods from Audi were not successful.

Audis extremely anticipated go back to prototype racing in 2023 within the new LMDh ranks has in fact gone through an unanticipated development. RACER has really learned the German producer will not project factory entries in IMSAs WeatherTech SportsCar Champion, choosing to focus on a sole factory program in the FIA World Stamina Champion.

In spite of making great success in the 2000s with full-factory model programs and semi-works efforts in the American Le Mans Series, the relationship in between Audi AG and Audi of America was frequently strained to the point of being irreconcilable with their shared motorsports ventures in the U.S.

On another front with the LMDh task, it appears hiring has in fact begun as many sources have told RACER that IMSA DPi champ Felipe Nasr is amongst the very first motorists signed by Audi.

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