Aditya Patel is now the first Indian driver to test the Audi R8 LMS. Patel who did 15 laps in the morning continued with a 5 lap simulation and 35 minute race distance run in preparation for the upcoming season at ADAC GT Masters at the Motorsports Arena Oschersleben.
Patel, who debuted at the 2009 Volkswagen Polo Cup, moved up to Volkswagen Sirocco R Cup in 2010 and finished fifth with two podium finishes and a win at the Scirocco R-Cup 2011.
The 2011 ADAC GT Masters season saw 146 drivers compete in 16 races with participation from 17 nations. Apart from Audi, auto majors Ferrari, Mercedes, BMW, Corvette, Porsche, Lamborghini, ord and Alpina had ther presence in the last season.McLaren wll make a debut at the upcoming the 2012 ADAC GT Masters season. The Audi R8 LMS has been successful with 3 victories in 2011. Having debuted in 2009, the Audi R8 LMS at present boasts of 15 race wins.
Aditya Patel had this to say. “The test was a big surprise for me. It´s almost like an early Christmas gift. I thought the car would be much harder to drive but it was just super fun! During the morning session I did 15 laps and felt quite confident in the car. I think I almost tested the limit of the car a little bit. Rene Rast and the engineers helped me understand the car before the first session and it was really useful. After the first session we looked at the data and in most parts of the circuit it was really good. There are areas where I can improve, especially the braking. I have to learn to brake harder.”
He went on to say. “Throughout the test I was able to control the car very well. Compared to the Scirocco, the Audi has a lot more downforce and a lot more grip. The car is lower and tyres are bigger. The car has fantastic balance and feels very neutral on fast corners. On the long straight Audi did about 250 kmph compared to the Scirocco which does about 210 kmph. I’m grateful to the Volkswagen group for giving me this opportunity. If I could drive the ADAC GT Masters or a GT3 Car in a championship next year, it would be a dream come true.”