BILSTEIN and Audi celebrate double victory at the 24-hour race of Daytona
Five vehicles equipped with BILSTEIN MDS in the top 10 of the GT ranking
24 hours and 709 laps – what sounds like a sober set of figures turned out, on closer examination, to be one of the most exciting GT finals in the history of the 24-hour race of Daytona. In a dramatic finish the Audi Sport customer racing team AJR with Felipe Albuquerque (PT), Eduardo Mortara (FR), Oliver Jarvis (GB) and Dion von Moltke (USA) grabbed victory. The latest development stage of the Audi R8 Grand-Am, equipped with BILSTEIN's Modular Damper System (MDS), experienced the toughest race of the American Grand-Am series in its made-to-measure maiden race. A slight lead of 1.4 seconds was enough to see the quartet finish ahead of the second-placed Audi R8 Grand-Am of Ian Baas (USA), Marc Basseng, René Rast and Frank Stippler (all German), which also featured MDS shocks, in front of enthusiastic spectators at the Daytona International Speedway. Last year's winner Magnus Racing was less lucky: the Porsche GT3, endowed with a BILSTEIN Motorsport Suspension System, rolled over the finish line in fifth place at the last moment with hardly a drop of fuel left in its tank. The R8 of the Audi Sport Customer Racing/Rum Bum Racing team with Markus Winkelhock (Germany) finished in seventh place in the GT class. Burtin Racing, also driving a Porsche GT 3, finished tenth.
With the separate adjustment of the pressure and rebound damping force and the corresponding wide range of individual settings, it was possible to adapt BILSTEIN's Modular Damping System precisely to the specific conditions at the oval course at Daytona, with its banked bends.
The third consecutive victory in the GT class at the 24-hour race of Daytona with BILSTEIN technology once again confirms the motorsport expertise of the suspension specialists from Ennepetal.
The "Volkswagen 50 years in Motorsport – Born in the USA" event took place as part of the 24-hour race of Daytona. Legends such as U.S. star Michael Andretti and the former DTM star Hans-Joachim Stuck competed in the Formula Vau on the 5.729 km long "International Speedway". BILSTEIN was an essential part of the Jubilee: the suspension specialist equipped the Formula racing cars with its extensive product portfolio.
BILSTEIN congratulates all the teams of the 24-hour race of Daytona for their outstanding performance.