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Adelaide, December 30th, 2000

Crocodile hunters get ready: In tomorrow’s season final of the American Le Mans Series at Adelaide the Audi R8 will again start from pole position. During the 30 minutes of qualifying on the Adelaide street circuit, Rinaldo Capello who teams up with Brad Jones and Allan McNish set the fastest time in his Audi R8 sporting a crocodile design. Only 1.7 tenths of a second behind the no. 77 car Emanuele Pirro, sharing the cockpit with Frank Biela, put his Audi R8 on the second position on the grid.

The race starts on Sunday at 16:15 hours and ends after 5:45 hours or 1000 kilometres, whichever comes first. Allan McNish (#77) and Frank Biela (#78) are to start the race in the two Audi R8s.

Race of a Thousand Years - Adelaide
Autograph session with the Audi drivers, downtown Adelaide
Rinaldo Capello in the Audi R8 #77
Frank Biela talking with race engineer, Emanuele Pirro and Dr. Ulrich join the conversation
Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela
Tire Change - Frank Biela in the #78 Audi R8
Frank Biela in the Audi R8 #78
Frank Biela in the Audi R8 #78
Brad Jones in the Audi R8 #77
1. Capello/Jones/McNish Audi R8 1m 23.803s
2. Biela/Pirro Audi R8 1m 23.978s
3. Brabham/Murphy/Bright Panoz 1m 24.989s
4. Katoh/O’Connell Panoz 1m 25.168s
5. Magnussen/Graf Panoz 1m 26.859s
6. Bernard/Collard Cadillac 1m 27.551s
7. Tinseau/Goossens Cadillac 1m 27.751s
8. Schiattarella/de Radigues/Simon Lola 1m 28.816s
9. Konrad/Slater/Heath Lola 1m 32.960s
10. Beretta/Wendlinger/Dupuy Chrysler 1m 34.602s

Frank Biela (#78)
“Of course you are not completely happy when you’re not on pole position. But the practice sessions were fine and so was the qualifying. More important than the starting position is that we can keep the Panoz behind us. We have done that in every session so far and so I’m very confident for the race.”

Rinaldo Capello (#77)
“I thought I could improve my pole position time on the third lap. But unfortunately I made a little mistake, perhaps because I wanted to push too hard. Now the job of today is done. The only thing I hope is that Allan will be okay for the race tomorrow and celebrate his championship.”

Emanuele Pirro (#78)
“To be honest: The car was perfect today and I should have done better than I did. I lost very little time in almost every corner and all this together only left second position for us today. I wanted to do really well at this special event but it hasn’t worked out yet. But we still have tomorrow. The race is another story and I would still bet a lot of money on our car.”

Reinhold Joest, Team Director Audi Sport North America
“Again drivers, mechanics and engineers did a marvellous job when finding the optimum set-up for this circuit which is new to us in such a short time. It’s great to achieve first and second position on the grid at such a great event here at Adelaide. Now I hope we can turn it into a good race result as well.”

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport
“Today we experienced what we have seen throughout the whole season: Again our two cars are very close to each other and again the R8 proved that it feels at home on every racetrack we visit. Dindo was very motivated today which paid out in pole position. But everybody is absolutely satisfied with the set-up of both cars so I’m sure we can expect a thrilling race tomorrow.”