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 |  Mar 31 2012, 10:02 AM

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Set to hit the track today for the first time in competition is an all-new RS5 race car. Competing in the Superstars Series in Europe, Audi officially unwrapped the car just hours ahead of the series kick-off.

Competing against everything from the Mercedes C63 and Porsche Panamera, to last year’s championship winning Maserati Quattroporte, the RS5 takes the is the successor to the RS4.

The action starts today at Monza in Italy.

GALLERY: Audi RS5 Superstars Series Race Car

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[Photo credit: Stefano Ciabattoni]

 |  Feb 27 2012, 4:01 PM

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A trio of Audi RS5 race cars will be joining the International Superstars Series this year, one of which will be driven by Gianni Morbidelli, a former Formula 1 racer who won the 2009 International Superstars Series championship.

The other two Audi RS5s entries are from German team MTM and Swedish team KMS. Audi Sport Italia will be providing support to both European teams and those two race cars are currently being prepared in Novara. MTM is set to have Thomas Schöffler behind the wheel of their car, a former VW Scirocco R-Cup series racer who competed last year in an Audi Sport Italia-prepared RS4. KMS will have Johan Kristoffersson behind the wheel of their race car.

The new Audi RS5 race cars are expected to make their first shakedown laps within a few days. The German automaker will be competing against eight other brands in the International Superstars Series including BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes, and Porsche.

GALLERY: Audi RS5 International Superstars Series

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[Source: GT Spirit]