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  • Gary Sheehan joins Liqui Moly Team Engstler in Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

    Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Clubsport - Gary Sheehan - Liqui Moly - VW Motorsport

    Gary Sheehan, 034Motorsport's Director of Operations, has joined Liqui Moly Team Engstler in a third Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR for this weekend’s TCR International Series race at Oschersleben!

    Gary's trip to Germany started as a test day award from the 2015 USTCC championship. This season's USTCC champion (Beau Borders) couldn't attend the test, so the award went to Gary, who earned 2nd place in the series.

    Gary tested with JBR in their Seat Leon yesterday, and was scheduled for two 55 minute sessions back-to-back. After about 7 laps, the car developed a fuel pressure issue and the team was forced to return to the paddock.

    JBR Seat Leon Race Car

    By the time Seat engineers arrived to diagnose the issue and make necessary repairs,  there were only 30 minutes left in the last last session. Gary managed to squeeze in another 8 laps, and was able to turn a couple of quick lap-times a that made an impression on the head of TCR,  who worked with Engstler to secure a seat for the USTCC veteran in one of the three Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen GTI TCRs.

    Liqui Moly Team Engstler GTI TCR Race Car

    "This is a dream coming true for me. I am super-excited to be debuting in the TCR International Series this weekend and I am thankful to TCR, USTCC, Liqui Moly Team Engstler and everybody who made this possible. I also thank JBR who gave me the possibility to test for a couple of laps yesterday with one of their SEAT cars. It will be a great opportunity to be at the wheel of a TCR car and I look forward to the fun and to seeing where I stand with respect to great drivers racing in the series," Gary said.

    Races 1 & 2 will be streamed live on the TCR International Series website, so don't forget to tune in this weekend to catch the action!

    Mk7 VW Motorsport Golf GTI TCR Race Car Render

    Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Technical Data - See more on VWvortex!

    Engine

    • Type - Inline 4-cylinder engine with turbocharger and intercooling, transversally mounted in front of the front axle
    • Displacement - 1,984 cc
    • Power - 243 kW (330 hp) at 6,200 rpm
    • Torque - 410 Nm (302 ft-lb) at 2,500 rpm
    • Bore/Stroke - 82.5 mm/92.8 mm
    • Engine Control Unit - Continental SIMOS

    Transmission

    • Gearbox - Six-speed sequential racing gearbox, shift paddles on steering wheel
    • Gearbox Final Drive - Front-wheel drive with multi-plate differential
    • Clutch - Multi-disk sintered clutch

    Chassis/Suspension

    • Design - Strengthened production steel body (in accordance with FIA regulations)
    • Front Axle - McPherson struts; height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages
    • Rear Axle - Multilink axle, height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages
    • Steering - Rack-and-pinion steering with modified software and hardware

    Wheels/Brakes

    • Braking System - Disc brakes with all-around inside ventilation (Ø 362 mm front; Ø 310 mm rear), aluminium brake calipers (six pistons at front, two pistons at rear)
    • Wheels/ Tires - 10 x 18 inch; 27/65×18 Michelin

    Dimensions

    • Length/Width/Height - 4,365/1,960/1,195 mm
    • Wheelbase - 2,665 mm
    • Minimum Weight - 1,280 kg (including driver)

    About Gary Sheehan

    Gary Sheehan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a US Touring Car Championship veteran,  having won the series in 2000 with a Honda Civic and again in 2014 in a Hyundai Genesis. He also finished as a runner up four times, in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2015. He has also raced in US Formula 2000, Grand-Am, Speed World Challenge, and the Global Time Attack series.

    When Gary isn't driving fast around a racetrack or ensuring that 034Motorsport's operations are running smoothly, he enjoys spending his time with his family and cycling outdoors.

    Gary Sheehan of Motorsport joins TCR in Mk7 VW Golf GTI TCR Racer

    About USTCC & TCR International Series

  • Compass 360 Racing to Field Audi TT RS in Pirelli World Challenge GTS with 034Motorsport as Technical Partner

    034Motorsport is excited to announce a technical partnership with Compass 360 to field an Audi TT RS in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Class! The C360R and 034Motorsport teams have a busy schedule ahead to get the TT RS ready in time for the final two races of the 2015 season at Sonoma Raceway and Laguna Seca.

    034Motorsport & Compass 360 Racing to Field Audi TT RS in Pirelli World Challenge

    Compass 360 acquired a modified Audi TT RS, which finished a few races in the 2013 and 2014 Pirelli World Challenge seasons. The TT RS was delivered to 034Motorsport with minor crash damage to repair, and in need of a new engine before development, tuning, and testing can begin. The strip-down is already well underway, and 034Motorsport will be providing more details on the project as it progresses.

    In addition to the rebuild and chassis setup, the Audi's 2.5 TFSI engine will be refreshed with a new RS500 Audi TT RS Turbo Kit & Tuning Package. Custom race mapping will be performed in-house by 034Motorsport to ensure optimal performance on track, while adhering to all PWC Rules. Finally, 034Motorsport engineers will be providing track-side support for the Compass 360R Audi TT RS Race Car at Sonoma Raceway and Laguna Seca.

    Stay tuned for updates on the race car's rebuild as 034Motorsport and Compass 360 Racing look to turn the TT RS into a true Pirelli World Challenge contender in a GTS class that is dominated by Ford Mustang Boss 302s, Porsche Caymans, Aston Martin Vantage GT4s, and even a factory-backed Kia team!

    Races

    Sonoma Raceway: Friday, August 28th - Sunday, August 30th

    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: Friday, September 11th - Sunday, September 13th

    About Compass 360 Racing

    C360R is a multiple-championship-winning race team that fields Audis IMSA's TUDOR United Sportscar Championship and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, as well as Hondas in SCCA Pro's Pirelli World Challenge.

    About 034Motorsport

    034Motorsport is an automotive engineering firm specializing in performance products, tuning, racing, and service for Audi vehicles. With extensive experience racing both a modified Audi TT RS street car and Audi Sport TT RS VLN SP4T race car, 034Motorsport plans to further develop the platform in order to be competitive in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Class.

  • 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS Wins the 25 Hours of Thunderhill 2013!

    The 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi Sport Customer Racing TT RS VLN celebrated a decisive victory at the eleventh running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill on Sunday, December 8th! "We are thrilled to be a part of the winning effort for such an unbelievable victory, this win represents the culmination 3 years running this event as well as decades of motorsport experience, made even more rewarding considering the high level of participation in this race." - Javad Shadzi, President, 034Motorsport. The #24 Audi TT RS was driven by Robb Holland, Roland Pritzker, Jeff Altenburg, Rob Huff and Kevin Gleason, backed by a joint American/German crew from 034Motorsport and Rotek Racing. The win did not come without its fair share of ups and downs both leading up to and during the race, but the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing team persevered through the challenges to achieve overall victory. During Thursday’s testing session, the TT RS was turning impressive lap times, consistently staying in the 1:43 range with 2012 WTCC Champion Rob Huff behind the wheel. However, the car ran into electrical problems a few hours into the session. These issues were quickly narrowed down to the vehicle’s Engine Control Unit (ECU) which was removed and disassembled for diagnosis. The team did not have a spare ECU from Audi Sport, so the damaged unit would have to be repaired in order for the team to have any hope of competing on Saturday. “The ECU in the vehicle came loose during testing, subjecting it to severe vibration and causing physical damage to its components. It was brought back to the 034Motorsport facility, where the damaged components were identified and replaced as necessary using a donor ECU that we were lucky enough to have access to,” explained Nate Stuart, 034Motorsport’s Lead Engineer. The painstaking repair process went through Thursday night into the early hours of Friday morning. Once repaired, the ECU was rushed back to Thunderhill, where it was discovered that some additional work was needed, and causing 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing to miss all of Friday’s testing session. The finishing touches were completed on the ECU with just minutes left to make the evening qualifying session. “After the ECU failure, the team did not know what to expect. The damage was extensive… We honestly weren't sure that the car would be racing at all, let alone making it to qualifying,” said Christian Miller, Team Manager from 034Motorsport. The 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS qualified 9th overall with a lap time of 1:49.152, despite using the qualifying session to give seat time to the rest of the team’s drivers. Rob Huff started the race at 11:00 AM Saturday morning and quickly moved through the field, setting a best lap time of 1:45.491 and moving the TT RS from 9th to 1st during the first hours of the race. The 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing TT RS moved between second and third position during the next few hours of the race, facing stiff competition from the #03 Superlite SLC and #52 Wolf GB08S. At approximately 5:00 PM 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS made contact with a Honda Fit that cut in on the faster ES car during a turn, spinning the Honda Fit off track and damaging a canard on the Audi TT RS. The #09 Lexus ISF from Lexus USA also made contact with the right rear corner of the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS later in the night, forcing a longer-than-usual pit stop for the team as the crew checked for and repaired damage. After both incidents, the car went back on track quickly, and continued to perform consistently. Early Sunday morning with 8 hours remaining, the ESR-class Wolf GB08S dropped back with mechanical issues, and the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS moved into P2, with the P1 Superlite SLC within reach. Less than an hour later, the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing team was forced to pit during a long yellow, resulting in a 3 minute penalty for the team. At the same time that the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS went into the pits, the #03 Superlite SLC dropped out of the race with steering issues, and 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing moved into the lead. The #52 Wolf GB08S was also back out on track, and pushing hard to make up the 16 lap gap between it and the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS. “At around 5:00 AM, we were in the lead with a 16 lap advantage, but still potentially within grasp of the Wolf prototype in 2nd,” explained Laszlo Tallai from 034Motorsport. The #52 Wolf GB08S retired due to engine failure just before sunrise, leaving the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS in the lead with a comfortable 24 lap cushion between it and the #83 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup. Drivers Kevin Gleason and Robb Holland maintained a consistent pace in the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS, eventually stretching the lead to over 30 laps. Meanwhile, a fierce battle for second was developing for 2nd place between the #08 Audi R8 LMS from GMG Racing, and the #83 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup from Barrett Racing. James Sofronas was behind the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS, setting back-to-back lap records in an attempt to catch the Porsche. Gaining upwards of 6 seconds per lap on the Porsche, the GMG Audi R8 LMS moved into P2 with less than an hour left in the race. It was looking like the 25 Hours of Thunderhill would end with an Audi 1-2 finish, but the GMG Audi R8 LMS was forced to retire with a transmission failure, ending up 4th overall. In the final hours of the race, Rob Huff extended the lead of the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS to 38 laps, taking the checkered flag at the end of his double stint. This marked the first Audi victory at the NASA/USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as well as the first FWD victory at the event. Following the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS to fill out the overall podium was the #83 Barrett Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in second and the # 38 Radical West Radical SR3 in third. "It was a blast today racing here this weekend," Roland Pritzker, Rotek Racing Driver & Owner said. "We had a couple of little issues with contact that took a couple of canards off in the front in the middle of the night, but we replaced them and kept going. It was smooth sailing. Really we didn't have any big issues.  We kept it on the track and out of the pits and all of the drivers ran nice and clean laps. My stints in the car were really fun, I just had a blast driving this Audi TT RS here at Thunderhill."

  • 034Motorsport Audi TTRS VLN at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill - Live Stream!

    Watch the 034Motorsport Audi TTRS VLN live in action at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill! The race starts at 11:00 AM Pacific Time on Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Thanks to our sponsors Replay XD and Teradek for providing the cameras and streaming equipment for us to bring you this race live! Live streaming video by Ustream

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