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Wednesday, April 11, 2001
09:00 - 17:00 Paddock open for competitor parking

Thursday, April 12, 2001
14:00 - 16:00 ELMS test session

Friday, April 13, 2001
11:30 - 12:30 Combined Practice
15:30 - 16:00 Qualifying - (GTS and GT)
16:20 - 16:50 Qualifying - (LMP 900 and LMP 675)

Saturday, April 14, 2001
09:00 - 09:30 Combined Warm-Up
12:10 - 14:55 Race - 2 hour 45 minute race

Timetable
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Radio Le Mans Web
Saturday, 13 April
9.00 - 11.00 qualifying

Sunday, 14 April
11.30 - 15.30 the race

Televised on


Sky Sports
Saturday, 14 April
12:00



Eurosport
Sunday, 22 April
10.00 CET

 Broadcast Schedule
Eurosport

Although Audi has proved unbeatable since July last year winning ten ALMS races in a row, team director Reinhold Joest and his squad still have something left to prove on European ground. At both European ALMS rounds last year, the team had to settle for podium finishes. The last time the Audi R8 suffered defeat was in 2000 in torrential rain on the Nürburgring. At this time of year, the weather conditions in the British Midlands could very well be similar. However, for Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, this is no reason to worry. "We´ve conducted rain tyre tests with our partner Michelin and are well prepared for all weather conditions.“

”Still, I hope it doesn´t rain”, says Audi pilot Rinaldo Capello, who travels to Britain as points leader after winning the first two ALMS races of this current season in Dallas and Sebring. ”As opposed to my team mates, I´ve never raced in Donington. So, I´ll have to learn the circuit really quickly, especially considering that we have very little time to practice. At least I have Tom to give me some tips.”

Like Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, Tom Kristensen knows this demanding hill and dale track inside out from his time in the British touring car scene. ”The circuit is fast, very picturesque and a real challenge,“ say the Audi pilots. ”Circuit knowledge is a real advantage,“ claims Frank Biela who won five races on the Donington track during his touring car career with Audi. ”On the other hand, we saw in Adelaide that the top pilots can adapt quickly to any track.“

As at the 12 Hours in Sebring, Stefan Johansson and his team will again put up a strong challenge against the Audi works team at the European season debut. At the first race with the 2000-spec R8, the Johansson team achieved fourth position behind the two works Infineon Audi R8s and the private Audi customer team, Champion, ensuring that Audi secured its first ever quadruple victory in sportscar racing.

European Le Mans Series Entry List as of April 6, 2001
LMP 900

1 

Rinaldo Capello Infineon Audi R8

Tom Kristensen

2 

Frank Biela Infineon Audi R8

Emanuele Pirro

3 

Ben Collins Ascari A410

Werner Lupberger

4 

Patrick Le Marie Ascari A410

TBA

6  

Yannick Dalmas Chrysler Oreca

Olivier Beretta

7 

Stefan Johansson Gulf Oil Audi R8

Guy Smith

8

Jay Cochran Panoz LMP2000

Peter Boss

50 

David Brabham Panoz LMP07

Jan Magnussen

51 

Klaus Graf Panoz LMP07

Gualter Salles

72 

Sébastien Bourdais Courage C60 / Peugeot

Jean-Christophe Boullion

Laurent Redon / L'Horme, France


LMP 675

5 

Eric van de Poele Reynard 01Q / Judd

Didier de Radigues

21

Danny O'Connell Pilbeam MP484

Warren Carway

24

Rob Schirle Pilbeam SRR

Steven Earl

57 

Milka Duno Reynard 01Q / Judd

John Graham


GTS

26 

Franz Konrad Saleen S7R

Oliver Gavin

41

TBA Saleen S7R

TBA


GT

22 

Randy Pobst Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Christian Menzel

23 

Lucas Luhr Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Sascha Maassen

42 

J.J. Lehto BMW M3 GTR

Jorg Müller

43 

Fredrik Ekblom BMW M3 GTR

Dirk Müller

52 

Tony Burgess Porsche 911 GT3 RS

TBA

53 

Gabrio Rosa Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Drudi Luca

60

Mike Youles Porsche 911 GT3 RS

TBA

61

Piers Masarati Porsche 911 GT3 RS

TBA

63

Yannick Schroeder Porsche 911 GT3 RS

TBA

64

Bart Hayden Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Hugh Hayden

65 

Paco Orti Porsche 911 GT3 R

Jesus Diaz Villarrole

69 

Kye Wankum / Toronto 911 GT3 RS
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Franz Konrad's Saleen qualified on pole in GTS and beat the factory Corvettes in the race
Capello negotiates heavy traffic at turn 3
David Brabham hustles his Panoz through Collier Curve
There was a titanic battle between the two Alex Job Porsches for the win in GT
JJ Lehto downshifts for turn 15 in his BMW M3 GTR
Henri Pescarolo used Sebring as a test for his new Courage Peugeot.  Here it spits flames on the downshift into turn 3
Pirro makes it stick through Collier Curve

London, April 7, 2001

The British fans in particular are looking forward to seeing the over 600 bhp Le Mans sportscars over Easter this year. On 14 April, Britain´s Donington circuit hosts the first of two American Le Mans Series (ALMS) rounds to be held in Europe. For the Team Audi Sport North America and its two Infineon Audi R8 cars, the 2:45 hour race on Easter Saturday is not just the third round of the ALMS season - it is the next step on the way to the season highlight in Le Mans on 16-17 June. "For the first time we´ll encounter several new competitors that are also contesting Le Mans. For this reason, we´ll use this round as another way to see how we measure up against them," explains Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.

All images from Sebring 2001 by James Davies