Magnus Racing has confirmed that it will switch to an Audi R8 LMS in a new partnership with Audi Sport customer racing for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“We’re very excited about 2016,” said Magnus co-driver and team owner, John Potter. “The Audi R8 LMS has proven an incredible competitor over the years, and as we look for ways to start anew for the team, the opportunity seemed right. Our interaction so far with everyone at Audi Sport customer racing has been extremely positive, and we’re all anxious to take delivery of the car.”
The previous generation of the Audi R8 LMS took victory at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and came within a few turns of repeating that effort in 2014, before nearly securing a GTD category championship in 2015.
“We have been continuously impressed with Magnus Racing’s performance in IMSA and are excited to see them bring that same energy with the new Audi R8 LMS,” said Tristan Herbert, manager of motorsport & customer racing for Audi Sport. “Magnus Racing also brings a strong, consistent driver lineup that compliments the team’s performance strategy – smart , calculated and competitive.”
While the car is new to the team, much of the key staff will remain the same including full-season co-driver Andy Lally, a four-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and three-time champion in the former Grand-Am series.
“I’ve been fortunate in my career to have driven a number of vehicles, and I’m very excited to add the Audi R8 LMS to that list,” Lally. “It’s no secret that 2015 was a bit of a struggle for all of us, and I’m very confident that we’ll rebound this year. The car has an excellent reputation, we have a great team behind us, and there’s no reason we can’t be instant contenders.”
Having run Porsche machinery since the team’s inception in 2010, Potter said his squad will move away from the marque with nothing but appreciation for their six years of partnership.
“We were one of the longest-running Porsche customer teams in the paddock, and we absolutely enjoyed that fact,” said Potter. “Everyone at Porsche Motorsport North America was excellent to work with over the years, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of their efforts.”
Magnus is set to take delivery of its Audi in December, so will be absent from the test at Daytona later this month. With only a matter of weeks between receiving the car and the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team will be hard at work during the holidays as it prepares its new challenger.