Audi lock in remaining Bathurst driver lineups

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Audi have locked in a total of eight entries for next month’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour after confirming the driver lineups in their remaining cars.

On top of the previously announced WRT, Hallmarc and Jamec Pem entries, the German brand will also field a number of other strong local squads, including the all Kiwi International Motorsport team.

Canberra brothers James and Theo Koundouris will be joined by Ash Walsh and Duvashen Padayachee in the Supabarn car, while Richard Bagnell, Matt Halliday and open-wheel star Johnny Reid make up the New Zealand R8.

Completing the lineups is Ash Samadi, Daniel Gaunt and Dylan O’Keeffe who will share the former’s ASR Audi.

“While Motorsport in many series is still at rest at the beginning of the year our customers are already racing in several international events,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.

The four rings are one of only two brands that have enjoyed multiple succeses in the Bathurst 12 Hour since it became a GT3 race, having taken out the 2011 and 2012 wins with their first-generation Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

This year, Audi arguably boasts one of the strongest squads out there, with three Pro-Pro entries and drivers like Garth Tander, Kelvin van der Linde, Christopher Mies, Markus Winkelhock and Robin Frijns.

But, is a third Bathurst victory on the cards? All will be revealed come February 2-4.

Audi Driver Line-ups:

Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS
Kelvin van der Linde/Garth Tander/Frédéric Vervisch

Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS
Christopher Haase/Christopher Mies/Markus Winkelhock

Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS
Robin Frijns/Stuart Leonard/Dries Vanthoor

Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS
Paul Dalla Lana/Will Davison/Pedro Lamy/Mathias Lauda

Supabarn Audi R8 LMS
James Koundouris/Theo Koundouris/Duvashen Padayachee/Ash Walsh

Hallmarc Audi R8 LMS
Marc Cini/Dean Fiore/Lee Holdsworth

Daniel Gaunt/Ash Samadi/Dylan O’Keefe

International Motorsport Audi R8 LMS
Richard Bagnall/Matt Halliday/Jonny Reid