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1. Johansson/Gounon

 Audi  3.36,054

2. Capello/Kristensen

 Audi  3.37,801

3. Brundle/Ortelli/Smith

 Bentley  3.38,294

4. Biela/Pirro

 Audi  3.38,468

5. Herbert/Kelleners/Theys

 Audi  3.39,386

6. Dalmas/Montagny/Simonn

 Chrysler  3.40,224

7. Wallace/Smith/McCarthy

 Bentley  3.40,273

8. Bourdais/Boullion/Redon

 Coruage-Peugeot  3.40,437

9. Gache/Beltoise/Policand

 Courage-Judd  3.40,823

10. Lammers/Hillebrand/Crevels

 Dome-Judd  3.41,230

Stefan Johansson driving last years Audi R8 achieved the fastest lap time during the first practice session.

The Works Audis experienced some problems.

In the early laps Rinaldo Capello left the track, damaging the Audis front end. "The tries were still cold and had not developed sufficient grip and may be i was a little sleepy".

After a couple of laps a the left front tire left Emanuele Pirro  down. The Audi from last years Le Mans winner was later plagued by gearbox related problems. "We did not drive a lot, but in general the new car already feels very good".

The most important competitors at Le Mans (from left to right: Chevrolet, Cadillac, MG, Bentley, Audi, Chrysler, Courage-Peugeot, Panoz, Saleen)
Emanuele Pirro in the Infineon Audi R8 #1
The Infineon Audi R8 #2
The cockpit of the Infineon Audi R8
Scrutineering during pre-practice
David Brabham & Emanuele Pirro

"Mini" Le Mans - with two days of administrative checking and scrutineering, and a whole day dedicated to the free practices

Friday May 4

10.00 - 18.00 - technical checking

Saturday May 5

09.00 - 15.00 - technical checking

Sunday May 6

09.00 - 13.00 - non-timed practices

13.00 - 18.00 - non-timed practices
Preliminaries - Official Poster