For Phoenix Racing another ambitious motorsport season is coming up: Between early April and late October, the squad based in Meuspath will be contesting 36 GT races, spread across three championships and two 24-hour races. To successfully cope with these challenges, team boss Ernst Moser knows that in the second-generation Audi R8 LMS that was presented last year he has both a reliable racing car, plus quick drivers in his ranks.
The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is going to play a very central part, as all ten rounds of the VLN Endurance Championship are traditionally held on Germany’s most famous race track. At the events, which typically last for four hours, the 25-year-old Dane Anders Fjordbach, who already contested three VLN races for Phoenix last year, and the seasoned Phoenix campaigner Frank Stippler will be sharing the R8 LMS cockpit.
Between VLN rounds three and four, one of the major highlights of the year will take place on 28 May: the Nürburgring 24 Hours which Phoenix Racing has won an amazing four times (2000, 2003, 2012, 2014). At the 44th running of the iconic endurance race four former winners would like to continue their previous success in the Eifel. Frank Stippler, Christopher Haase, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock will be on the grid for Audi Sport Team Phoenix. In a second R8 LMS Anders Fjordbach and Stippler will be supported by two other drivers to be announced at a later date. On 30 July the legendary 24-hour race at Spa will be following as another season highlight in European GT3 racing. Already confirmed has been the driver squad of Christopher Mies, Frank Stippler and Markus Winkelhock, who previously triumphed in the Ardennes two years ago.
14 races in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are scheduled on the 2016 ADAC GT Masters calendar. For the third time after 2009 and 2011 Phoenix Racing will be tackling the full season of the ‘super sports car league’. Similar as in the VLN the driver line-up will consist of a young talent and a seasoned campaigner. The Audi R8 LMS will be driven by 25-year-old Markus Pommer, who most recently raced in the European Formula 3 Championship, and Markus Winkelhock.
Additionally, Phoenix Racing is going to deploy a large line-up to the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. At the five events in Europe, each being divided into a qualification and a main race, two Phoenox driver teams will be battling for points. Markus Pommer will be taking turns at the wheel with the Dane Nicolaj Møller Madsen, the overall runner-up in the 2015 debut season of the Audi Sport TT Cup. The second cockpit will be filled by the Austrian Niki Mayr-Melnhof, who previously contested GT events for Phoenix Racing in 2014 and 2015, and Markus Winkelhock.
New and proven partners in 2016
For the 2016 motorsport season Phoenix Racing has entered into several new partnerships. In the VLN and at the Nürburgring 24-hour race the Audi R8 LMS will be running on Dunlop tires produced at the tire plant in Hanau, Germany. Scherer is another partner that is new on board. The group of car dealerships has special ties with Audi models, as three of the 27 dealerships the group operates across Germany are official Audi centers. Scherer has also been working together with TÜV Rheinland for several years that will remain an integral component of Phoenix Racing’s partnership activities. Another new partnership will begin with Ravensberger Schmierstoffvertrieb GmbH. In addition to using the premium products of the Ravenol brand in all GT races, joint customer activities are planned. Sonic Equipment GmbH from Kirchheim will be the new tool supplier.
“This year we’re in for another eventful season,” says team boss Ernst Moser. “In Asia we’re extending our commitment as well, competing in the Audi R8 LMS Cup and other GT races. That’s why I’m delighted to know that we’re again being backed by strong partners that we’re going to jointly master these challenges with.”