VLN: Lowndes/Luff rejoin Audi Race Experience for Nürburgring debut.

Lowndes & Luff celebrate their podium finish with fellow team mates following the 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Bathurst12H.

Lowndes & Luff celebrate their podium finish with fellow team mates following the 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Bathurst12H.

Following a highly successful showing at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour event, V8SC regulars Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff are now set to etch another milestone to their already impressive list of achievements.

Having achieved a second-placed finish on their maiden appearance with Audi’s R8 GT3 chassis, the duo appear to have stamped quite an impression in the sportscar racing fraternity.

After successfully integrating with the AudiSport operation on their debut, both drivers have been selected for an additional appearance with the marque.

Despite originally being selected for the Bathurst 12 hour event on a standalone basis, the Australian pairing have now secured a further competitive outing with the AudiSport (Race Experience Team Joest) squad.

On this occasion the Australian duo will make their paired Nürburgring debut, competing in the SP9 (GT3) category within Germany’s highly-competitive VLN endurance series.

Despite Lowndes having never driven the Nürburgring, the event marks Luff’s third appearance at the legendary circuit. With Luff’s most recent, competitive outing having been with (the now down-scaled) Australian-based Juniper Racing, during the 2008 edition of the Nürburgring 24 hour event.

Lowndes and Luff will take command of the R8 LMS GT3 chassis once more, rejoining the Odenwald-based outfit for a four hour event at round four of the VLN (Langstreckenmeisterschaft) series this May (27/28).

LMS, ILMC: Spa Provisional Entry List Released.

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2011 Spa ILMC poster

Entry listings for Spa, round two of the Le Mans series (also the second round of the ILMC) are now available. Bolstered by the inclusion of ILMC runners, the circuit will play host to an unprecedented (at least in recent history) field of sixty entries.

Notable mentions go to the highly anticipated (albeit delayed) appearance of two Lotus Evora entries in the GTE-PRO category, along with the now customary, pre-Le Mans additional entries for Audi, Peugeot, and AMR squads in LMP1.

Entry listings can be seen in full below.

LMP1

  • 007 Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin AMR-One – Mücke/Turner/Klien
  • 009 Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin AMR-One – Meyrick/Primat/Fernandez
  • 1 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller
  • 2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer
  • 3 Audi Sport North America – Audi R18 TDI – Capello/Kristensen/McNish
  • 5 Hope Racing – Oreca-SwissHyTech Hybrid – Zacchia/Marroc
  • 7 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Wurz/Gené/Davidson
  • 8 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian
  • 9 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Bourdais/Pagenaud/Lamy
  • 10 Team Oreca Matmut – Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP – Lapierre/Duval
  • 12 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani
  • 13 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Belicchi/Boullion
  • 15 Oak Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues
  • 16 Pescarolo Team – Pescarolo-Judd – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse
  • 18 Guess Racing – Lola B09/80 Coupé-Judd – Hazebrouck/Kaufmann
  • 20 Quifel-ASM Team – Zytek 09SC – Amaral/Pla
  • 23 MIK Corse – Zytec 09 Hybrid – Cortes/Geri/Piccini
  • 24 OAK Racing – Pescarolo-Judd – Nicolet/Hein

LMP2

  • 26 Signatech Nissan – Oreca03-Nissan Mailleux/Ordoñez/Ayari
  • 33 Level 5 Motorsports – Lola Coupé-HPD – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa
  • 35 OAK Racing – Pescarolo-Judd – Barlesi/Da Rocha/Lafargue
  • 36 RML – HPD ARX-01d – Newton/Erdos/Collins
  • 39 Pecom Racing – Lola B11/40-Judd – Companc/Russo/Kaffer
  • 40 Race Performance Oreca03-Judd – Frey/Meichtry/Ebbesvik
  • 41 Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN-Nissan – Ojjeh/Chalandon/Kimber-Smith
  • 42 Strakka Racing – HPD ARX-01 – Leventis/Watts/Kane
  • 43 RLR msport – MG Lola EX265-AER – Gates/Garofall/Phillips
  • 44 Extreme Limite AM – Norma M200P-Judd – Rosier/Luco/Basso
  • 45 Boutsen Energy Racing –  Oreca03-Nissan – Kraihamer/De Crem
  • 46 TDS Racing – Oreca03-Nissan – Beche/Thiriet/Firth

FLM

  • 91 — – FLM Oreca-09 – Moro/Shanqi
  • 92 Neil Garner Motorsport – FLM Oreca-09 – Hartshorne/Keating/Keen
  • 93 Genoa Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Petersen/Julian/Zugel
  • 95 Pegasus Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Schultis/Simon
  • 99 JMB Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Rodrigues/Menahem

GTE-PRO

  • 51 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fisichella /Bruni
  • 55 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Farfus/Müller
  • 56 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Priaulx/Alzen
  • 58 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Jakubowski/Beltoise
  • 59 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Ortelli/Makowiecki/Deletraz
  • 64 Lotus Jetalliance – Lotus Evora – Slingerland/Rich
  • 65 Lotus Jetalliance – Lotus Evora – Hirschi/Rositer/Mowlem
  • 66 JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – Bell/Walker
  • 71 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Melo/Vilander
  • 75 Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Goossens/Holzer
  • 76 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Pilet /Henzler
  • 77 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Lieb/Lietz
  • 79 JOTA – Aston Martin Vantage – Hancock/Dolan
  • 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher – Ferrari F430 GT – Farnbacher/Simonsen

GTE-AM

  • 50 Larbre Competition – Corvette C6-ZR1 – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel
  • 57 Krohn Racing – Ferrari F430 – Krohn/Jönsson/Rugolo
  • 60 Gulf AMR Middle East – Aston Martin Vantage – Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright
  • 61 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Perazzini/Cioci/Lemeret
  • 62 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Ehret/Lynn/Wills
  • 63 Proton competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Ried/TBA
  • 67 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Armindo
  • 70 Kessel Racing – Ferrari F430 – Broniszewski/Peter
  • 72 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Kauffman/Aguas
  • 82 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Hummel/Christidoulou/Quaife
  • 88 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997)- Felbermayr Sr./Felbermayr Jr./Miller

LMP1: 18    LMP2: 12    FLM: 5     GTE-PRO: 14    GTE-AM: 11    Total: 60