New Audi R8 LMS Ultra Looks to Capture 2012 GT1 World Championship
The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has its eyes set on the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship, and has begun gathering the proper winning tools by committing to a pair of new Audi R8 LMS Ultra race cars. The new R8 LMS Ultras will replace the pair of R8 LMS cars used during the 2011 season, and are built to GT3 class specifications. Additionally, 2012 will mark the first time that GT3 cars will compete for their own GT1 world title.
The Flénu, Belgium-based team is currently going on its third year of racing, and has seen success in the previous seasons. So far, the team has clinched overall victories in the grueling Spa (Belgium) and Zolder (Belgium) 24-hour endurance races, along with another victory in the Blancpain Endurance Series as well. The team plans on announcing its drivers for the season at a later date.
The 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship 10-race season fires up on April 8 with its first race in Nogaro, France. The series will then make stops in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, China, Russia and the Netherlands before finishing the season in a location that is still to be determined.
In total, the FIA GT1 World Championship holds races in ten countries, with each event consisting of two races over a weekend. Each race holds of up to 24 cars and 48 drivers. Qualifying involves a knock-out system, in which three sessions are held and following each session, the slowest cars are eliminated and put into grid position. The first race of each weekend is a qualifying race, and determines the starting grid for the second race, which is where the points are earned. Additionally, each car is required to change tires and drivers at least once during each race. Only top ten finishers in the second race can earn points.