Audi R8 LMS Ultra wins 24 Hours of Spa

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The 24 hours of Spa is the fourth round of the series of three hour endurance races sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Blancpain. Roughly half of the 67 starters finished the race, in what turned into a thrilling 24 hour race that included more than five hours under the safety car, including two long periods of heavy rain.

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The entry list comprised of 67 GT cars from 12 brands in four classes Pro Cup, Pro-AM Cup, Gentleman’s Trophy and Cup. I have broken down the entry information for all you car brand fanatics like me who want to know the detail:

 

15 teams entered 6 brands in the Pro Cup Class

 

5 entered a Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3

4 entered a BMW Z4 GT3

1 team entered the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

2 entered the McLaren MP4-12C GT3

1 entered the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

2 entered the Porsche GT3 R

 

39 teams entered 10 brands in the Pro-Am (Pro-Amateur) Class

 

1 entered the Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3

1 entered the Audi R8 LMS GT3

2 entered the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

3 entered the BMW Z4 GT3

13 entered the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

1 entered the Jaguar XK GT3

1 entered the Lamborghini LP 600+

7 entered the McLaren MP4-12C GT3

4 entered the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3

1 entered the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

5 entered the Porsche 997 GT3 R

 

8 teams entered 5 brands in the Gentlemen’s Trophy Class

 

3 entered the Audi R8 LMS

1 entered the Dodge Viper

1 entered the Ford Mustang

1 entered the Ferrari 430 Scuderia

1 entered the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S

1 entered the Porsche 997 GT3 R

 

5 teams entered 1 brand in the CUP Class

 

5 entered the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup

The end of the GT1 Class has given way to the rising popularity of GT racing specifically the GT3 & GT4 classes, which are becoming a phenomenon with record entries that will continue to soar in all GT races worldwide. Over 60,000 spectators went to the 24 hour Spa while there were 230,000 people who attended the 24 hour Le mans race this June 2012. An Audi R18 e-quattro hybrid electric, won the 24 hour Le mans.

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