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Audi positions itself as the most sporting premium segment manufacturer and has the perfect base for this: motorsport. Sporting image, ground breaking technology and emotional design are the main components for the success of the Audi marque – the genes for this coming from over 20 years of victories in motorsport.
The success story began with Audi quattro
When one excludes the days of the legendary Auto Union Grand Prix race car from the 1930s, the AUDI AG motorsport history began with the Audi quattro. The convincing wins with the “original quattro” in the World Rally Championship at the beginning of the 1980s were an important factor for the market success of quattro drive.
quattro also successful on the circuit
After Audi had turned rally sport on its head, and stormed the Pikes Peak in record time three times in succession in the USA with the Sport quattro S1, Audi made quattro drive “in vogue” also on the race circuit, initially with the Audi 200 quattro and Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO in the USA, and then with two championships for the Audi V8 quattro in 1990 and 1991 in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). And finally also with the A4 in the production based Super Touring Car series, in 1996 the Audi A4 won the championship in seven countries.
Historical Audi hat-trick at Le Mans
After the superior quattro drive was banned from touring car racing, Audi swapped to sports prototypes and has, since then, strengthened its company slogan “Vorsprung durch Technik“ in this motorsport category as well. In 1999 at the debut in Le Mans, the world’s toughest motor race, Audi succeeded in securing a place on the winners’ podium first time out. In the three years that followed the Audi R8 was in a world of its own. Audi achieved a historical hat-trick and with this wrote a further chapter in motorsport history.
Year by year – Audi’s most important successes
1981
3 wins in World Rally Championship (Audi quattro)
1982
Manufacturers’ World Rally Champion (Audi quattro)
1983
World Rally Champion (Audi quattro)
1984
World Rally Champion (Audi quattro)
Manufacturers’ World Rally Champion (Audi quattro)
1985
Winner of San Remo Rally (Audi Sport quattro S1)
Winner of Pikes Peak hillclimb race (Audi Sport quattro S1)
1986
Winner of Pikes Peak hillclimb race (Audi Sport quattro S1)
1987
Winner of Safari Rally (Audi 200 quattro)
Winner of Pikes Peak hillclimb race (Audi Sport quattro S1)
1988
Winner of TransAm Series (Audi 200 quattro)
1989
7 wins in IMSA-GTO Series (Audi 90 quattro)
1990
German Touring Car Champion (Audi V8 quattro)
1991
German Touring Car Champion (Audi V8 quattro)
1993
French Touring Car Champion (Audi 80 quattro)
1994
Italian Touring Car Champion (Audi 80 competition)
1995
Italian Touring Car Champion (Audi A4 quattro)
Winner of Touring Car World Cup (Audi A4 quattro)
1996
Super Touring Car Champion in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Spain and South Africa (Audi A4 quattro)
1997
Central European Touring Car Champion (Audi A4 quattro)
1999
3rd in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8R)
German Super Touring Car Champion (Audi A4 quattro)
Swedish Touring Car Champion (Audi A4 quattro)
2000
Winner of Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8)
Winner of Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)
Winner of “Petit Le Mans” (Audi R8)
Winner of American Le Mans Series (Audi R8)
2001
Winner of Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8)
Winner of Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)
Winner of “Petit Le Mans” (Audi R8)
Winner of American Le Mans Series (Audi R8)
Winner of European Le Mans Series (Audi R8)
Winner of Speedvision GT Series (Audi S4 Competition)
Swedish Touring Car Champion (Audi A4 quattro)
2002
Winner of Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8)
Winner of Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)
Winner of “Petit Le Mans” (Audi R8)
Winner of American Le Mans Series (Audi R8)
German Touring Car Champion (Abt-Audi TT-R)
Winner of SPEED GT Series (Audi S4 Competition)
Swedish Touring Car Champion (Audi A4 quattro)
2003
Winner of Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)
Winner of “Petit Le Mans” (Audi R8)
Winner of American Le Mans Series (Audi R8)
Winner of Spa and Le Mans 1000 kilometre races (Audi R8)
Swedish Touring Car Champion (Audi A4)
Winner of SPEED GT Series (Audi RS 6 Competition)
2004
Winner of Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)
 

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Re: Victories in Series: Audi Motorsport History ([email protected])

Very good George. A great writeup.
Heres a few more details from 1981 to 1983
1981:
1st in Swedish Rally
1st in San Remo Rally
1st in RAC Rally

1982:
1982 was first full season
1st in Swedish Rally
1st in Portugese
1st in Acropolis
1st in Brazil
1st in San Remo
1st in RAC Rally
Mouton 2nd in Championship
Mikkola 3rd in Championship
Audi 1st in Manufacturer's
1983:
1st in Swedish
1st in Portugese
2nd in Safari
1st in Argentina
1st in 1000 Lakes
2nd in Ivory Coast
1st in RAC Rally
Audi 2nd in Manufacturer's
Mikkola wins Driver's Championship
1984:
1st in Montecarlo
1st in Swedish
1st in Portugese
1st in Acropolis
1st in New Zealand
1st in Argentina
Stig wins the Driver's Championship
Audi wins the manufacturer's championship
 
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