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Race of a Thousand Years - Adelaide
Petra van Oyen, Chief of Audi Sport Presse, Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello during the rehearsal for the cRocodile8 Masterpiece presentation

At the final of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in Adelaide, Australia, some motorsport fans may not believe their eyes: In the land of "Crocodile Dundee", Audi drivers Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello will defend their lead in the overall classification at the wheel of an Audi R8 sporting a crocodile design. "Australia is a country with a strong growth potential and therefore an important market for Audi," explains Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport. "This unusual crocodile costume is a greeting to our Australian hosts. The car is a real work of art." The idea was born in the AUDI AG design center under the leadership of Audi designer Frank Lamberty, who converted the exterior of the R8 into a crocodile in the middle of its natural habit.


Although Audi has already won all titles in this year´s ALMS before the season final on December 31, the Team Audi Sport North America is taking the Audi R8’s first race on a city circuit very seriously. "Our aim is to win this race as well," declares team director Reinhold Joest. "It would be the crowning of a unique season."

Of the four Audi drivers, only Emanuele Pirro is familiar with the former Grand Prix circuit. The man from Rome describes the Adelaide track from his experience as a Formula One driver: "The circuit is really beautiful, but for the driver and the brakes it´s very taxing. There are many 90 degree corners which make traction and torque deciding factors. For this reason, Panoz should be strong there."

Allan McNish anticipates temperatures of over 40 degrees celsius in the shade. "I'm flying to Australia a little earlier so I can acclimatize myself to the Australian heat," explains the current leader of the American Le Mans Series. In contrast, Frank Biela prepares himself for the 1000 kilometer race in Adelaide in a totally different way: "I use a computer game to familiarize myself with the city
 circuit. It´s helped me already before, learning race tracks which
I did not know."



In Adelaide only Rinaldo Capello has a theoretical chance to challenge team mate Allan McNish for the title. "But it‘s very unlikely, and apart from that Allan really deserves this title," concedes the Italian. "Crocodile Dindo", as he was christened by his team mates, shares the "crocodile cockpit" of the R8 with Allan McNish.



Wednesday, December 27, 2000
8:00 - 17:00Paddock Open for Competitor Parking

Thursday, December 28, 2000
8:30 - 18:00 APLMS Registration

Friday, December 29, 2000
13:15 - 14:00 Practice - (PROTOTYPE)
17:35 - 18:20 Combined Practice
20:35 - 21:45 Combined Night Practice

Saturday, December 30, 2000
14:50 - 15:20 Qualifying - (PROTOTYPE)
17:00 - 17:30 Combined Practice

Sunday, December 31, 2000
11:50 - 12:20 Combined Warm Up
15:30 - 15:45 Pit Exit Open - APLMS Cars to grid
15.45 - Pit Exit Closed
15:58 - Pace Lap
16:00 - START The Race of a Thousand Years - 6h Maximum
22:00 - 22:30 Presentation
22:30 - After Race Entertainment

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2:00pm - 4:00pm








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Friday, December 29

20:00 - 22:00 local
Night Practice

Saturday, December 30
14:00 - 16:00 local
ALMS Qualyfing

Sunday, December 31
15:30 - 22.30 local
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Rocodile8 - The idea was born in the AUDI AG design centre under the leadership of Audi designer Frank Lamberty, who converted the exterior of the R8 into a crocodile in the middle of its natural habitat
Rocodile8 - The idea was born in the AUDI AG design centre under the leadership of Audi designer Frank Lamberty, who converted the exterior of the R8 into a crocodile in the middle of its natural habitat

Drivers

1. Allan McNish

Audi R8 249

2. Rinaldo Capello

Audi R8 238

3. Emanuele Pirro

Audi R8 226

4. Frank Biela

Audi R8 225

5. Jörg Müller

BMW 221

6. JJ Lehto

BMW 220

7. Jan Magnussen

Panoz 203

8. David Brabham

Panoz 197

9. Bill Auberlen

BMW 161

10. Hiroki Katoh

Panoz 154


Manufacturers

1. Audi

253

2. BMW

217

3. Panoz

198

4. Reynard

136

5. Lola

132

6. Cadillac

97