The race-ready Audi RS3 LMS race car, first unveiled at the 2016 Paris auto show, stands in front of its first motorsport season, competing in up to 14 Touring Car series worldwide in 2017. The two most hotly-contested being the TCR International Series and ADAC TCR Germany racing series.
The champion of the TCR International Series in its first two seasons (2015 and 2016), Stefano Comini, will compete with an Audi RS 3 LMS in the 2017 season. The Swiss driver will be racing for Comtoyou Racing from Belgium. The season opens in Rustavi, Georgia on April 1, before traveling to Belgium, Italy, Russia, Portugal, Spain and Scandinavia.
The ADAC TCR Germany gets underway at Oschersleben on April 28, and it includes seven race weekends this year. Entering this series with the R3 LMS from 2017 is Target Competition, the 2016 German series team and drivers’ champions and 2015 TCR International Series team and drivers’ winners.
The Audi RS 3 LMS is not only intended for sprint racing within the national or regional arena, the 350hp race car has also proven itself at the first endurance races of the season. In January, the Cadspeed Racing with Atech team won the TCR class of the Dubai 24 Hours, and in March, Bonk Motorsport won the TCR class of the Mugello 12 Hours on its first attempt.
The Audi RS 3 LMS will also take part in Germany’s biggest endurance race from May 25 to 28, the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing added, “In Germany and around the world, we have sold a total of 90 Audi RS 3 LMS cars to our customers. We all wish all of them the best.”