Two-Car Audi Effort For Rolex 24

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APR Motorsports is planning to field a pair of Audi R8s in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
APR Motorsports is planning to field a pair of Audi R8s in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

OPELIKA, Ala. — APR Motorsport, the team that introduced the Audi R8 to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, will bring two of Audi’s GT racers to January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Piloting the No. 52 APR Audi R8 will be the German lineup of Marc Basseng, Rene Rast, and Frank Stippler. Basseng and Stippler return to APR after driving the No. 52 APR Audi R8 at last season’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, where Stippler piloted the Audi to second in qualifying.

Basseng, from Neusalza, Germany, won the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GT class. He has spent the past four seasons competing in the GT1 World Championship, but has class wins in the 12 Hours of Bathurst and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in an Audi R8 LMS.

Rast, from Minden, Germany, made an impression on the Rolex Series paddock in 2012, taking the winning GT class car to the checkered flag in his first attempt at the race. Three times a Porsche Supercup champion, Rast also has a victory at the 2012 24 Hours of Spa — while driving an Audi R8 LMS — with Stippler. Stippler, from Bad Munstereifel, Germany has been a development driver of the Audi R8 LMS since 2008.

Longtime APR driver Ian Baas, from Indianapolis, Ind., will be a part of APR’s driver lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Baas, who will be doing double-duty as he drives with Michael Taylor in the CTSCC, has a GT class victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on his resume.

A driver announcement for the No. 51 APR Audi R8 will be made in the coming weeks.

APR will also unveil a brand new livery at the Rolex 24 at Daytona that it will use throughout the 2013 season. Both of the Audi R8s will use an interim testing livery at the Roar Before the 24.