Von Moltke, Norman To Drive APR R8
APR Motorsport has announced that Dion von Moltke and Dr. Jim Norman will drive the team’s Audi R8 GRAND-AM for the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season.
Von Moltke, from Coral Gables, Fla., will be returning to the team with which he started his professional driving career. Von Molkte competed with APR in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in 2008 and 2009, taking three wins before moving to the Daytona Prototype ranks in 2010. The South African, also a student at Florida International University, returns to APR with finishes at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
“This is a dream come true,” von Moltke said. “I started my professional racing career with APR, and to have the opportunity to come back to such a first class winning organization, and then to be the first one racing the Audi R8 GRAND-AM – can it get any better than this? This is like going home, but the series and fan base is stronger than ever, and APR has developed its winning program to an even higher level. For me and my partners, PRNewswire and South African Airways, this will be a long-term relationship with APR and Audi. It will be all about success on the track, every single weekend.”
Norman will join von Moltke for the duration of the season. Norman, an airplane racer turned race car
driver, transitioned from his first season of Skip Barber competition in 2007 to competing in Porsche Cup cars throughout 2011, where he took the IMSA Mission Foods GT3 Challenge championship. He also scored a fourth at the 12 Hours of Sebring as well as at Petit Le Mans in GT-C – partnered in both races by von Moltke. Norman is a surgeon.
“I’m very excited about joining the winning APR Motorsport team for the upcoming Rolex Series season,” said Norman. “I have really enjoyed racing with Dion and am really looking forward to spending an entire season as his teammate. I’m really excited for the Audi fans as well, who will get to see and hear the Audi R8 GRAND-AM this season. We will put on a great show for them at some of the greatest race tracks in North America.”
“I am so happy that Dr. Jim is joining me in the car,” added von Moltke. “He raced with me last year, and I have watched him grow into a series champion who I’m excited to share the car with. Together, we will win some races this year.”
For the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Six Hours at the Glen, longtime APR Motorsport driver Ian Baas from Noblesville, Ind., will join von Moltke and Norman. A winner at the Rolex 24 in 2006, Baas will greatly augment the team’s chances for success in the endurance races, as well as be an invaluable asset during the team’s testing program.No Comment