Johansson Returns to Audi fold With United Autosports

In our United Autosport watch, we have good news: Stefan “Super Swede” Johansson will return to the wheel of an Audi this summer when the Swede drives a R8 LMS GT3 sports car for United Autosports in the Spa 24 Hours (31 July-1 August).

Johansson joins fellow ex-Grand Prix driver Mark Blundell who competes in the “sister” United Autosports Audi R8 LMS, is excited to be driving at Spa-Francorchamps again, a legendary venue he has raced at on numerous occasions during his near 40-year motorsport career – and to be re-united with the Audi marque once more.

“Spa is one of few ‘true’ classic race tracks left in the world,” confirmed Johansson. “There are some fantastic high-speed corners that require a lot of rhythm. The other challenge you always face is the weather – I don’t think I have raced there without it raining for at least one day of a race meeting.

“My first Spa race was back in 1981 [Formula 2] and I’ve gone on to race pretty much everything from F1, Group C and current sports cars there and I’m very much looking forward to racing a GT3 car for the first time – especially as it’s an Audi.

“They produce superb ‘customer’ racecars and the Audi guys have been the best people I have ever worked with in all my years of racing. They are so good at what they do, they are pure in their approach and they are real racers at heart and it shows in the product. I’m very excited to be reacquainted with Audi again.”

Now I have a special appreciation for Johansson because he shares something in common with Nick Heidfeld; they both share the record of 12 podium finishes without a win in F1. Johansson also manages Scott Dixon and as well as creates some nifty watches.

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