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Compared to last year, the Infineon Audi R8 has been modified in detail. When making even minor modifications, the Audi engineers always had to have in their minds the very special demands of Le Mans. No modification could affect the reliability for which the Audi sportscar is known since 1999.

Six drivers are lined up by Audi, including newcomer Christian Pescatori. “Christian has a lot of experience and has also achieved a lot of successes in sportscar racing”, says Dr Ullrich. Last year, the the 29-year-old Italian won the Sportscar World Cup, and Le Mans will not be new to him: In 1997 and 1999, Pescatori raced at the circuit located south-west from Paris. “Also decisive for the driver choice was Christian´s height, which compares perfectly to his team mates”, declares Dr Ullrich. “Especially when driving endurance races, this is an important factor.”

Pescatori will share the cockpit of the No.2 Infineon Audi R8 with Laurent Aiello and Rinaldo Capello. Defending champions Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro will drive the No.1 sister car.

The two Audi customer teams, Champion and Johansson, have also combined strong driver line-ups. Despite entering last year´s Audi R8 sportscars, both teams proved to be real contenders for the Le Mans victory during May´s pre-testing session. Johnny Herbert, Ralf Kelleners and Didier Theys will drive the No.3 Champion Audi R8. The No.4 Audi R8 entered by the Johansson team, will be shared by Tom Coronel, Stefan Johansson and Patrick Lemarie.

For the Audi customer teams, the race week at Le Mans starts off with the technical scrutineering on Monday in the town centre of Le Mans. The two Infineon Audi R8 sportscars will be examined by the technical commissioners of the ACO on Tuesday, 0830 hrs.

The action on the track starts on Wednesday and Thursday, with two 4- hour qualifying sessions deciding who will start from pole position. Shortly before the start on Saturday at 1600 hrs, Dr Franz Josef Paefgen, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, will hand the Le Mans challenge cup over to the Automobile Club de l´Ouest (ACO) - hoping, to take it back to Ingolstadt about 24 hours later. In between, however, there are about 3000 extremely hard miles - matching almost the distance of a complete Formula One season.

Monday, 11 June
14.30 - 15.15 hrs Scrutineering
Audi R8 Champion / Johansson

Tuesday, 12 June
08.30 - 09.15 hrs Scrutineering
Infineon Audi R8

Wednesday, 13 June
19.00 - 21.00 hrs 1st qualifying session, part 1
22.00 - 24.00 hrs 1st qualifying session, part 2

Thursday, 14 June
19.00 - 21.00 hrs 2nd qualifying session, part 1
22.00 - 24.00 hrs 2nd qualifying session, part 2

Friday, 15 June
15.00 hrs Audi Press conference
18.00 - 19.00 hrs Driver´s parade

Saturday, 16 June
09.00 - 09.45 hrs Warm-up
16.00 hrs Start 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sunday, 17 June
16.00 Uhr Finish 24 Hours of Le Mans

Timetable
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Wednesday, 13 June
11.00 Qualifying

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Christian Pescatori
Laurent Aiello
Frank Biela
Rinaldo Capello
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro

Le Mans, June 11, 2001

After twelve consecutive victories in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Audi Sport Team Joest is facing presumably its most difficult challenge of the season next week: The team is aiming to repeat last year´s success in the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16-17.

“Nobody can guarantee a victory at Le Mans”, knows Team Director Reinhold Joest from his long lasting experience. “You need a fast and reliable car, the best drivers, perfect team work - but also the necessary amount of luck.” Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport, adds: “At Le Mans, the drivers, the team and the material is under permanent stress, and everyone knows that the unexpected might happen at any moment.”

EUROSPORT
Friday, 15th June
08:30 - 09:00 Qualifying (from Wed/Thur)
Saturday, 16th June
08:30 - 09:30 Le Mans 2000 (repeat)
09:30 - 10:30 Le Mans Legends
14:15 - 16:00 Start
17:00 - 18:00 Live
19:30 - 20:30 Live
22:15 - 22:45 Live
Sunday, 17th June
07:30 - 09:00 Live
4:00 - 15:30 Finish Live

Eurosport
Champion Audi team at scrutineering with the driver line up of Didier Theys,  Ralf Kelleners and Johnny Herbert.
Arena Motorsport and Johansson racing with the Gulf Audi R8 with drivers Tom  Coronel and Patrick Lamarie.