Audi R8 LMS on the race track

02/05/2022 Reading Time: 1 min

GT3: Audi Sport celebrates sixth Intercontinental title

After the pandemic forced a postponement of the IGTC final race from December 4, 2021, to February 5, 2022, Audi Sport customer racing concluded the 2021 season with another title success: in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Audi Sport was already the best manufacturer in the only global GT3 racing series, and now the company has left four other sports car brands behind by winning the title at Kyalami.

Patric Niederhauser, Christopher Haase

Most successful manufacturer

“Audi was and remains the most successful manufacturer in the Intercontinental GT Challenge with the R8 LMS. A big thank you to our teams and drivers who clinched a 45-point advantage over Ferrari with us this year,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “After the season opener at Spa with a fabulous recovery from 54th place to second and our subsequent victory in the thrilling second round at Indianapolis, a podium in the final round at Kyalami was enough to win the championship.”

Patric Niederhauser, Kelvin van der Linde, Markus Winkelhock on the podium

Podium in South Africa

The three Audi Sport drivers Kelvin van der Linde/Patric Niederhauser/Markus Winkelhock clinched third place with Audi Sport Team Saintéloc at the Kyalami 9 Hour. Mattia Drudi followed in fourth place with Christopher Haase and Charles Weerts for Audi Sport Team WRT. In the battle for the IGTC drivers title, the Swiss-German combination of Patric Niederhauser/Markus Winkelhock was beaten by only five points. Success went to the Ferrari driver combination of Côme Ledogar/Alessandro Pier Guidi, the runners-up in the race at Kyalami.

Audi teams clinch class victories

Three Audi customer teams completed a quintet of the R8 LMS in the top ten of the endurance race and clinched class victories in each case. The best driver pairing outside the professional category was Nicolas Baert/Simon Gachet/Lucas Légeret. The young driver pairing from Saintéloc Racing finished fifth. Baert and Légeret thus won the Silver Cup classification together for the first time. One position behind, High Class Racing and its drivers successfully managed the switch to the GT3 version of the Audi R8 LMS. The Danish squad led 70-year-old GT2 Champion and Gentleman driver Mark Patterson as well as his teammates Michael Markussen and Thierry Vermeulen to victory in the Pro-Am category.


Long-time Audi customer Marius Jackson rounded off the top ten, with a refueling problem slowing him down only marginally. The South African, who usually contests sprint races in his homeland, successfully completed the full nine-hour distance in the production-based GT4 variant of the Audi R8 LMS with his compatriots Mo Mia and Mikaeel Pitamber.

Audi R8 LMS on the race track

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Audi Sport at Kyalami
Audi R8 LMS on the race track
Audi R8 LMS on the race track

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