Date and schedule confirmed for the UK’s premier show dedicated to the four rings
Castle Combe race track will again play host to the hugely popular Audi gathering on Saturday, 15thOctober Audi UK to display a motorsport-themed range of heritage stars, including the A4 SuperTourer and Audi 80 GLE ‘AKAI’ Audi Sport road cars in attendance: limited edition R8 LMX and 605PS RS 6 performance and S8 plus Audi 80 GT and A4 DTM Edition Saloon also on display Show starts from 7.30am through to 5pm Passenger laps available in the 610PS Audi R8 V10 plus Admission price is free for children and just £10 for adults
Fans of the four rings will once again be given a day to remember later this month as one of the UK’s most hotly anticipated Audi enthusiast shows opens its doors on Saturday, 15th October at Castle Combe‘s famous racing circuit. The long-established annual gathering organised by Audi Driver Magazine will feature an action-packed day of track sessions and fast-lap passenger rides, show ’n’ shine and concours competitions, numerous owners‘ club displays, parade laps and a host of exhibitors.
Already a familiar sight at the hit show, Audi UK will also be supporting the day by bringing its customary walk-on mobile entertainment unit that is open to all visitors, offering ample seating and complimentary wifi and refreshments, in addition to an intoxicating display of cars forming part of the brand’s extensive heritage fleet and latest line-up. These will include the V10-powered, 570 PS R8 LMX, one of only 99 built worldwide and the brand’s first model with laser lights, plus the RS 6 Avant performance and S8 plus, both pushing out a monumental 605 PS and 750Nm of maximum torque.
An instructor from the thrilling Audi Driving Experience training programme at Silverstone will also offer a series of edge-of-the-seat passenger rides in an R8 V10 plus for those who sign up on the Audi stand on a first-come-first-served basis.
A highlight from another era in the colourful history of quattro drive will also be playing a starring role at the event – the Audi A4 quattro SuperTourer, revered for its game-changing touring car racing supremacy, will be on static display. Its legacy includes Super Touring Car Championship victories in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Africa. In Great Britain, it proved so devastatingly effective in the hands of Frank Biela and John Bintcliffe that it racked up an impressive total of eight victories and 25 podiums in the 1996 British Touring Car Championship alone, culminating with the overall team and manufacturer championship titles that year, plus a driver championship win for Biela. This huge success was ultimately responsible for a rule change that ushered in heavy weight penalties for all four-wheel drive cars in the 1997 season, eventually sealing the complete ban of the drivetrain from BTCC regulations a year later. Separately, guests can also look forward to veteran touring car racer Keith Butcher taking his ex-Audi Sport A4 SuperTourer out on track for demo lap sessions.
One of two Audi 80 models attending is a race-prepared replica of the 80 GLE driven by Sir Stirling Moss in the 1980 British Saloon Car Championship, finished in the distinctive ‘AKAI’ livery. It will sit alongside a rare road-going Audi 80 GT, originally UK-registered in 1979. This immaculate example, painted in Cadiz Orange, has been the subject of an extensive restoration and was notable at the time not only for its impressive power to weight ratio of 116 PS per ton and 109mph top speed but also for its multitude of advanced safety systems.
Another limited edition Audi model from 2005 will also join the line-up of Audi UK show cars at Audi Driver International and continues the race-inspired theme. Built to commemorate the brand’s landslide championship victory in the German Touring Car Masters the year before, a mere