Compass Racing has been putting fast cars on track for years now and this year they’ll be entering two Audi RS3 LMSs in IMSA’s newly created TCR class.
“We were proud to be the first team to commit to this new IMSA class, and to now be the first to announce our driver line-ups,” remarked Team Principal Karl Thomson. “We’ve run for many years in this series, having not missed a race since January 2004, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow our program in this paddock.”
The No. 75 APR / AlphaClone / Brooklyn Tailors / Race Day Foundation car will be piloted by Roy Block and Pierre Kleinubing. Together, they raced Compass Racing’s ST class Audi S3 to three podiums last year.
“We had a great year with the S3, ticking off all of our pre-season goals,” said Block. “With the S3s for sale, we hope another team will be able to continue our success while we move up a class.”
Meanwhile, the No. 74 Pfaff Automotive / AERO Paint / Race Day Foundation Audi will be driven by Rodrigo Sales and Kuno Wittmer.
Sales drove a BMW in last year’s Pirelli World Challenge last year, and Wittmer raced a BMW in GTLM.
“Having a chance to add Rodrigo and Kuno to our new TCR program is a great opportunity,” said Ray Lee, Technical Director at Compass Racing. “We believe we’ve got a really strong driver line-up in both cars and expect to be in the hunt for the championship from the get-go.”
The team will build on Audi experience learned last year in the Pirelli World Challenge last, the series which it won with driver Paul Holton in 2017.
“We got a lot of useful data last season that we hope will give us a leg-up on the competition,” said Thomson. “From what we’re hearing we should see quite a few Audis in IMSA for 2018, along with VWs, Alfa Romeo and hopefully Honda; the TCR class has a lot of good traction worldwide and it’s going to be exciting for us to be part of its first season in North America.”
The team will hit the track in anger for the first time on January 24-26 for the four-hour CTSC event at Daytona.