Audi Sport continues to be working to finalize its plans for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and a attainable continuation as a registered producer on this yr’s Pirelli-powered Intercontinental GT Problem.
The German model, which normally has a robust presence in Australian enduro with a number of factory-supported Audi R8 LMS GT3s, seems on the provisional entry checklist with only one Melbourne Efficiency Middle-run Professional class entry with a driver to be decided. line up
That compares to 2020, the newest version wherein the Professional class was sanctioned, the place there have been three entries supported by Audi Sport from MPC that includes a complete of eight works drivers.
Talking to Sportscar365 on the Hankook 24H Dubai final weekend, Audi Sport’s buyer racing boss Chris Reinke confirmed that plans are nonetheless being put in place and may turn into clear within the coming days.
“Proper now we will take it one race at a time based on the race state of affairs,” Reinke advised Sportscar365. “We’re nonetheless engaged on our last setup for the Bathurst race.
“Clearly we have all the time had a really sturdy base to work with in Australia with the Melbourne Efficiency Centre.
“For certain on the shopper facet that is ensured and the remainder is to be confirmed, what sort of stage we are able to and can assist. From there we’ll take [IGTC] in a race-to-race means.”
One of many primary questions surrounds whether or not Audi will proceed in IGTC competitors as a registered GT3 producer.
An Audi spokesperson advised Sportscar365 that in the intervening time, they don’t seem to be a producer of the 2023 IGTC, however they may decide on the matter quickly.
Other than final yr’s lacking AWS-powered Indianapolis 8 Hour, Audi, which has 4 IGTC producers’ titles to its identify, has been an ever-present in SRO Motorsports Group’s globe-trotting GT3 collection.
Sportscar365 understands there have been talks between Reinke and SRO boss Stephane Ratel eventually month’s season-ending Gulf 12 Hours with a view to protecting the model on the grid as a producer.
“In the intervening time we have not actually introduced our last participation in Bathurst,” mentioned Reinke.
“As soon as we have performed that, we’ll race at Bathurst after which we’ll have a fast swing at Kyalami. TBD what our involvement can be there.”
Audi is among the few remaining GT3 producers but to announce its manufacturing facility driver lineup for 2023, a state of affairs sophisticated by ADAC’s takeover of the DTM, leaving a interval of uncertainty within the second half of the earlier yr.
“In the intervening time we’re within the last discussions with the groups, their requests, their requests on the motive force facet, our potentialities,” mentioned Reinke.
“Whether it is later than in earlier years, actually, particularly working outdoors Germany, considered one of our primary focuses is the DTM.
“By means of the re-arrangement there, it acquired us on our toes on how we’ve got to react to it. So we’re a bit delayed in the intervening time.
“It doesn’t suggest we will be late. I believe it’s going to occur quickly to satisfy all of the expectations of our clients.
Davey Euwema contributed to this report