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Las Vegas, October 27, 2000

Audi took the provisional pole position for the second to last round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Las Vegas. Friday’s thrilling first qualifying session was marked by a tyre gamble as it started to rain when the green flag was waved.

The Audi Sport North America Team made the right decision choosing intermediate tires. Allan McNish recorded the fastest time, Frank Biela was third in the companion Audi R8.

The provisional grid for Sunday’s race looks quite unusual. As the track was dry during their first qualifying session, four of the GTS cars qualified in the top ten. The weather forecast predicts further rain for Saturday and Sunday, which is very rare for the state of Nevada.

Allan McNish setting the fastest time in the last lap on a drying track in 1st qualifying
Frank Biela set the 3rd fastest lap in 1st qualifying after being fastest for most of the session
Allan McNish setting the fastest time in the last lap on a drying track in 1st qualifying
Rinaldo Capello expected a fin bad having incidents with 3 cars in Laguna Seca - will this slow him down ?
Audi R8 driven by Emanuele Pirro during free practice with the fastest time


1. McNish


2. Magnussen


3. Biela


Free Practice

1. Pirro


2. McNish


3. Magnussen


Test Day

1. McNish


2. Pirro


3. O’Connell


Allan McNish (#77)
“This qualifying was very difficult, because the rain started and then it changed all the way through the session. The tyre choice was very important. We decided initially for slicks and then went onto intermediates. I think that was the correct choice, but it was no easy session.”

Frank Biela (#78)
“I started with slicks, but the track was too slippery. With the intermediates it went pretty well. I was first for most of the session, but in the last two laps I had bad luck with traffic. But, I hope, it will be dry tomorrow.”

Reinhold Joest, Team Director Audi Sport North America

“What a thriller! The weather conditions were unpredictable, but we made the best out of it. It was decisive that we opted for intermediates which were the right choice.”

1. Capello/McNish

Audi R8 1m 12.688s

2. Brabham/Magnussen

Panoz 1m 13.477s

3. Biela/Pirro

Audi R8 1m 13.710s

4. Fellows/Pilgrim

Chevrolet 1m 14.864s

5. O'Connell/Katoh

Panoz 1m 14.909s

6. Beretta/Wendlinger

Chrysler 1m 15.230s

7. Schiattarella/de Radigues

Lola 1m 15.689s

8. Donohue/Archer

Chrysler 1m 15.763s

9. Hezemans/Coronel

Chrysler 1m 16.053s

10. Lehto/Müller

BMW 1m 16.472s