Double Win for #65 Audi R8 To Start GTWC Australia Season

Scuderia Autoart’s continued support of the #65 Audi R8 LMS got off to a perfect start at Bathurst with a double win in the GTWC Australia.



Following on from our successful partnership with the #65 Audi R8 LMS EVO II at the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 hour in February where Liam Talbot, Fraser Ross & Chaz Mostert took out the Pro-Am Class honours, Scuderia Autoart will be continuing its support of the Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia team as they aim to win the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia. 

Talbot will be joined by Audi Sport aces in his bid for the 2023 Championship after finishing as runner-up last year while Ross’ Le Mans Cup commitments force him to miss the two opening rounds at Bathurst and Perth.



Race 1 got underway on Saturday afternoon with the Am-drivers starting the cars based on lap times from Q1, with Talbot starting from pole in the #65 Audi R8 and securing the lead into Turn 1. A solid defence in the opening stint saw Talbot manage the lead of the race until the start of the pit window. From there, Max Hofer brought the #65 Audi home to win Race 1 by 6.9 seconds.



After beating last year’s champions to the line in Race 1, the #65 Audi pairing took out Race 2 by 37.8s over the Triple Eight duo. Max Hofer was able to hold third position in the opening stint keeping the #65 Audi in touch for Liam Talbot who was in hot pursuit of the leader, putting in laps almost three seconds faster in the closing stages. 

With just over two laps remaining and hot on the heels of the #888 Mercedes over the top, Talbot moved to the outside down Conrod Straight and made the move around the outside into the Chase to take the lead and achieve a clean sweep and give the Scuderia Autoart sponsored Audi team the perfect start to the championship.



With the pair of victories, Talbot & Hofer gave the #65 Audi a 20-point lead in the championship as they head to Wanneroo Raceway in WA this weekend for Round 2. Scuderia Autoart is extremely proud to be supporting the #65 Audi in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia.