Exclusive: Audi R18 Ultra & Audi R8 LMS Ultra testing in Monza

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Pioggia, vento, freddo… buongiorno primavera! Secondo noi in Audi stanno ancora maledicendo il clima, visto che ieri era in programma una giornata intera di test e in realtà le due auto portate a Monza dal Team Audi Sport hanno girato solamente nel pomeriggio e con stint molto brevi.

Rain, wind, cold… good morning spring! We think that the guys in Audi are still swearing against the weather, since yesterday a full day of test was in program and actually the two cars brought in Monza by the Team Audi Sport have lapped the track only in the afternoon and with very short stints.

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L’auto principale della giornata, la R18 Ultra #3 che correrà alla 24h di LeMans, è uscita appena 5 volte dai box…

The main car of the day, the R18 Ultra #3 that will be raced at the LeMans 24 Hours, went out of the box just 5 times…

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La pista era veramente zuppa e la pioggia è stata battente per tutta la mattinata, ma nonostante ciò, in Audi si sono poi decisi a provare la macchina.

The track was really soaked and the rain has been really strong for the whole morning, but despite this, the Audi guys decided to try the car.

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La R18 Ultra era guidata dall’Italiano Marco Bonanomi, in realtà pilota della R18 Ultra #4, e la macchina era molto stabile sul bagnato.

The R18 Ultra was driven by the Italian Marco Bonanomi, driver of the R18 Ultra #4 indeed, and the car was very stable on the wet.

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La trazione era ottima considerando le condizioni della pista e la R18 si dimostra efficace anche sul bagnato.

The traction was really good considering the track conditions and the R18 proves to be effective even in the wet.

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L’altra auto presente era la R8 LMS Ultra della Audi Sport Team Phoenix. Selvaggia, brutale e stupenda sono i primi 3 aggettivi che vengono in mente appena la si vede in pista.

The other car that was there was the R8 LMS Ultra of the Audi Sport Team Phoenix. Savage, brutal and gorgeous are the first three adjectives that come to mind as soon as you look at it on the track.

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A testare l’auto, l’Italiano Andrea Piccini, pilota che corre sulla Audi R8 LMS del team WRT. Nei tratti di pista con grosse pozze d’acqua la R8 era veramente difficile da gestire e spesso è andata in acquaplaning costringendo Piccini a grandi controsterzate.

Testing the car, the Italian Andrea Piccini, driver that races on the Audi R8 LMS of the WRT team. In the parts with big puddles the R8 was really hard to handle and often went on hydroplaning, forcing Piccini with big oversteering.

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Avendo girato molto di più rispetto alla R18, a fine giornata il setup della R8 è migliorato e gli stint in pista si sono fatti più lunghi.

Having tested the car a lot more than the R18, at the end of the day the setup of the R8 has been improved and the stints on the track became longer.

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