The famous four interlocking rings of the Auto Union (Audi) could not have been better represented on the racetrack than by this very potent two-litre Super Tourer.
Built in the racing division of the factory at Ingolstadt Germany, the car was brought to Australia by Brad Jones Racing for the Super Tourer Championships.
Without their traditional rivals BMW, the works two-car Audi team ran riot in the 1998 Australian Super Touring Championship, with Albury’s Brad Jones taking the title from team mate Cameron McConville. This car is a 1997 spec four-wheel drive A4, and it delivered Jones his second title after a season-long battle with his team mate and Jim Richards’ S40 Volvo.
The 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000 was again run to the International Super Touring formula, with the all-conquering Audis facing works-backed teams from Holden (Opel), Nissan and TWR Volvo. Jones teamed with McConville, while the second Audi was paired by Paul Morris and Paul Radisich. While the Jim Richards/Rickard Rydell Volvo and Steven Richards/Matthew Neal Nissan battled away up front, the two Audis circulated steadily, until at half distance Morris struck debris on the track and holed the sump. At the end of 161 laps Jones brought the Audi home third, just 26 seconds down on the winning Volvo.
Rendered obsolete by the change in Super Touring rules to only two-wheel drive, the Audi is a handsome and purposeful example of the formula that delivered exciting racing but couldn’t convince the V8 mad spectators.
The car has been loaned to the Museum by owner Brad Jones.