Audi drops plans for manufacturing unit IMSA LMDh program
Audi’s extremely anticipated return to prototype racing in 2023 throughout the new LMDh ranks has undergone a shocking improvement. RACER has realized the German producer won’t marketing campaign manufacturing unit entries in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, electing to deal with a sole manufacturing unit program within the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The change comes after the model actively pursued a North American companion workforce to subject LMDhs on its behalf. RACER understands conversations with these potential groups – no less than one among which reached a sophisticated stage – had been damaged off by Audi after the choice was made to focus on the FIA WEC.
Though no factory-led Audi LMDh entries are anticipated in IMSA, talks with buyer groups have been in movement and it’s believed a number of works-affiliated automobiles may very well be on the WeatherTech Championship grid in 2023.
Regardless of incomes nice success within the 2000s with full-factory prototype packages and semi-works efforts within the American Le Mans Sequence, the connection between Audi AG and Audi of America was typically strained to the purpose of being irreconcilable with their shared motorsports endeavors within the U.S.
It’s unclear whether or not lingering company points from former racing initiatives involving the primary company arm in Germany and its American subsidiary have been an element within the determination to deal with the FIA WEC, or if totally different issues surfaced and led to the scuttling of Audi’s manufacturing unit LMDh presence in IMSA.
On one other entrance with the LMDh mission, it seems hiring has began as a number of sources have advised RACER that IMSA DPi champion Felipe Nasr is among the many first drivers signed by Audi.
A number of makes an attempt to obtain an official touch upon the shift in methods from Audi had been unsuccessful.