Audi Sport TT Cup 2016
The Audi Sport TT Cup is the perfect way to get started in the motorsport world of the brand with the four rings. The international field of budding young drivers can make their mark within the supporting programme for the DTM and 24-hour race at the Nürburgring and in doing so set the foundation for their subsequent career.
What's it like to race in the Audi TT Cup? by evo DIARIES
The Grand Prix circuit in Hockenheim is a demanding race track with many fast and medium speed corners, for which the drivers must generate plenty of downforce with their Cup racecars. The first corner immediately after the start-finish line is immediate challenge, which requires discipline and assertiveness. The competitors reach top speed in the long Parabolika leading to the hairpin, and must hit the braking point exactly. The majority of the overtaking moves take place under braking – and thanks also to the Push-to-Pass function – exciting slip streaming duels.
Circuit length: 4.574 km
Average speed approx.: 149 km/h
Top speed approx.: 236 km/h
Qualifying lap record: Joonas Lappalainen, 1m 48.919s (2015)
Race lap record: Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, 1m 49.830s (2015)
Winners 2015: Marc Coleselli, Dennis Marschall
COMBINED ACTION IN THE EIFEL
The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring has been held since 1970 on different versions of the track, and since 1984 on the entire track. At this time none of the regular starters in the Audi Sport TT Cup were born. The race runs on the Grand Prix version of the track. The similarly traditional unsettled weather of rain showers and fog make the conditions more difficult and in doing so provide more thrills and spills.
As part of the supporting programme for the 24-hour race, the Audi Sport TT Cup drivers compete around the Grand Prix circuit without the Mercedes Arena. They drive exactly the same track used for the traditional battle twice around the clock. The Audi one-make cup keeps right and ‘ignores’ the left corner leading onto the infamous Nordschleife.
Circuit length 4.638 km
Winners 2015 n/a (first event 2016)
As always, the races are streamed live at Audi Media TV and here’s the race schedule:
Race 1 is Saturday at 16:20
Race 2 is Sunday at 11:45
The Audi Sport TT Cup year draws to a close with races eleven and twelve of the season. The talents will leave no stone unturned yet again in their efforts to improve their positions in the drivers’ standings. However, the circuit is known as a demanding track that provides very few good overtaking spots. Those who have set-up their Cup race cars the best during the season will certainly have an advantage.
The circuit is embedded in a hilly landscape. As a result, spectators have a fabulous view, and can follow the race action exceptionally well around the track opened in 1986. The drivers must, however, get to grips with the tight and twisty track, which makes overtaking extremely difficult. The drivers should take care during practice when the bumpy circuit is still very dusty and slippery as a result.
The track in Hungary is 4.381 kilometres long.
After the season opener at the Hockenheimring, the loop closes at the traditional track in Baden-Württemberg. At the end of the second Audi Sport TT Cup season the identity of the Audi one-make cup winner will be known no later than at the grand finale.
The Audi Sport TT Cup 2015 races demonstrated that the drivers must be totally focused on their task from the very first lap. Despite generous run off areas, almost every mistake is punished immediately. Last year, guest starters René Rast and Marco Bonanomi in particular proved inspirational at the season finale. The two Audi drivers demonstrated their abilities in a direct competition with the young talents.
The track at Hockenheim is 4.574 kilometres long