First Audi R8 LMS delivered, races start in April

Audi today made its first delivery of the Audi R8 LMS to Audi Sport Italia. The Ingolstadt automaker said that 12 units of the 500-hp GT3 sports car will be delivered to customers in the forthcoming weeks with the first races of the R8 LMS scheduled for April.

Team Manager of Audi Sport Italia, Emilio Radaelli, accepted the R8 LMS from Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

Six customers plan to race in five European GT3 championships. They will also take part in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring for which Audi Sport has built an endurance version of the R8 LMS.

Deliveries of the Audi R8 LMS will start in fall 2009 for the 2010 season.

Click through for the 2009 Schedule.

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2009 Schedule
FIA GT3 European Championship (Phoenix Racing, Team Rosberg)

05/03    Silverstone (GB)
05/17    Adria (I)
06/21    Oschersleben (D)
09/13    Algarve (P)
10/04    Paul Ricard (F)
11/14    Dubai (UAE)

ADAC GT Masters (Abt Sportsline, Argo Racing, Phoenix Racing, Team Rosberg)
04/13    Oschersleben (D)
05/10    Assen (NL)
06/07    Hockenheim (D)
07/05    EuroSpeedway (D)
08/23    Nürburgring (D)
09/20    Sachsenring (D)
10/18    Oschersleben (D)
French GT Championship (ORECA)
04/13    Nogaro (F)
05/10    Dijon-Prenois (F)
05/31    Magny-Cours (F)
07/05    Val de Vienne (F)
09/06    Albi (F)
10/04    Paul Ricard (F)
10/18    Lédenon (F)
Italian GT Championship (Audi Sport Italia)
05/31    Vallelunga (I)
06/07    Magione (I)
06/21    Mugello (I)
07/19    Misano (I)
09/06    Imola (I)
09/27    Mugello (I)
10/18    Monza (I)
Belgiam GT Championship (Phoenix Racing)
04/26    Zolder (B)
05/10    Spa-Francorchamps (B)
06/06    Spa-Francorchamps (B)
07/11    Spa-Francorchamps (B)
08/22    Zolder (B)
09/20    Algarve (P)
10/11    Zolder (B)
Long distance championship Nürburgring (Phoenix Racing)
04/04    Nürburgring (D)
04/18    Nürburgring (D)
05/02    Nürburgring (D)
06/13    Nürburgring (D)
06/27    Nürburgring (D)
07/18    Nürburgring (D)
08/29    Nürburgring (D)
10/03    Nürburgring (D)
10/17    Nürburgring (D)
10/31    Nürburgring (D)

– By: Kap Shah