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Audi R8 LMS impresses at 24-hour debut

24h Nürburgring 2009
Audi R8 LMS#99 (Phoenix Racing), Marc Basseng/Marcel Fässler/Mike Rockenfeller/Frank Stippler
  • Basseng/Rockenfeller/Stippler lead race after 16 hours
  • Two Audi R8 LMS cars still have chances for victory
  • Ekström/Scheider/Werner struck by misfortune

From the outset, AUDI AG’s new GT3 sports car is the car to be beaten at its maiden run in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. On Sunday morning, sixteen hours into the race, the three Germans Marc Basseng, Mike Rockenfeller and Frank Stippler in the Audi R8 LMS #99 of the Phoenix Racing team were running about two minutes in front of the Porsche that was victorious last year.

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