The Audi Sport TT Cup celebrated a successful home round at the Norisring a fortnight ago. Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi was the first to cross the finish line in race two on Monday and secured first place among the guest drivers in both rounds.
On the challenging city street circuit in the Franconian metropolis, the young talent delivered top-class motor sports performance as part of the DTM’s (German Touring Car Championship) supporting program. In race two on Monday, four drivers battled for victory up to the finish line. In the end, Lucas di Grassi won with his wealth of experience. As the Brazilian was classified in the guest entrants’ group, Joonas Lappalainen, in second place, celebrated victory in the race – not a new experience for the Finn. In his triumphs in the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup at the Hockenheimring, the 18-year-old saw the checkered flag behind guest entrants René Rast and Marco Bonanomi in both rounds and, as a result, secured the respective victories as well.
In round one on Sunday, Dennis Marschall had kept the upper hand. The young German who had started from pole position kept a cool head at all times in temperatures of about 30 degrees centigrade and clinched success in commanding style. “That was a fantastic weekend,” said project leader Philipp Mondelaers. “We not only saw superb motor sports in the Audi Sport TT Cup once more but, in Lucas di Grassi and Bundesliga coach Michael Henke, had two outstanding celebrities in our field as well.”
Meanwhile, the talent search for the coming season is already in full swing. The application form for participation in the 2017 Audi Sport TT Cup is available online at www.audi-motorsport.com/de/en/tt-cup.html.