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Lexington, Ohio, August 23, 2001

The privateer Champion Audi team set the fastest time of the day Thursday as American Le Mans Series teams practiced in rainy conditions for Saturday's inaugural ALMS event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Heavy rain began to fall moments before the start of the two-hour practice session, soaking the 2.258-mile racing circuit and holding testing speeds well below those that were expected. Though the sun came out for the final few minutes of the session, the track was never dry. Official practice and qualifying will be held Friday for Saturday's two- hour, 45-minute sports car endurance race.

The Champion Audi, driven by Johnny Herbert of England, turned a best lap of 1:31.63 (88.707 mph) on the wet track to lead the session. The Florida-based team was the first non-factory team to receive one of the Audi R8 Prototypes that have dominated the ALMS in most of the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The car was rebuilt after Herbert was involved in a crash while racing for the lead in the closing moments of last Sunday's event at Canada's Mosport International Raceway.

The two factory Audis were second and third in Thursday's practice, with the car driven by Emanuele Pirro second at 1:31.97. The Tom Kristensen car, which was also crashed in last week's race, was third at 1:32.23.

The Panoz LMP1-R of David Brabham and Jan Magnussen was fourth at 1:33.71, followed by the Lola B2K/10B-Judd of local drivers Jon, Clint and Joel Field at 1:34.54.

The wet track conditions made for some unusual mixing of the cars in the rest of the field, with cars that are normally slower being somewhat equalized by the conditions. The GT-class BMW M3 GTR of JJ Lehto and Jorg Muller was seventh overall with a lap of 1:40.89.

Leading the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes was the Reynard 01Q-Judd of Didier de Radigues and Bruno Lambert at 1:41.27, while the Saleen S7R of Terry Borcheller and Franz Konrad led the GTS class with a lap of 1:41.50.

Twenty-eight cars are on hand to participate in the first-ever ALMS race in the American Midwest. The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and will be televised live by NBC Sports.  The live broadcast of the American Le Mans Series Radio Web can be heard online at

1. (38) Johnny Herbert, Andy Wallace

Audi R8 1:31.63

2. (2) Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro

Audi R8 1:31.97

3. (1) Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen

Audi R8 1:32.23

4. (50) David Brabham, Jan Magnussen

Panoz LMP1 1:33.71

5. (37) Jon Field, Joel Field, Clint Field

Lola B2K10B 1:34.54

6. (51) Franck Lagorce, Klaus Graf

Panoz LMP1 1:35.23

7. (42) JJ Lehto, Jorg Muller

BMW M3 GTR 1:40.89

8. (5) Didier de Radigues, Bruno Lambert

Reynard 01Q 1:41.27

9. (26) Franz Konrad, Terry Borcheller

Saleen S7R 1:41.50

10. (22) Randy Pobst, Christian Menzel

Porsche 911 1:41.69

11. (43) Fredrik Ekblom, Dirk Muller

BMW M3 GTR 1:42.00

12. (4) Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins

Corvette C5-R 1:43.00

13. (11) Steven Knight, Claudia Huertgen

Lola B2K 1:43.03

14. (57) John Graham, Milka Duno

Reynard 01Q 1:43.82

15. (30) Johnny Mowlem, Mike Fitzgerald

Porsche 911 1:45.21

16. (10) Peter Cunningham, Niclas Jonsson

BMW M3 GTR 1:45.61

17. (23) Lucas Luhr, Sascha Maassen

Porsche 911 1:45.93

18. (45) Shane Lewis, David Donohue

Viper GTS-R 1:46.42

19. (69) Kye Wankum, Joe Foster

Porsche 911 1:46.75

20. (6) Boris Said, Hans Stuck

BMW M3 GTR 1:46.78

21. (52) Tony Burgess, Phillip Collin

Porsche 911 1:47.57

22. (44) Joe Ellis, Tom Weickardt

Viper GTS-R 1:57.32

23. (15) Randy Wars, Mark Neuhaus

Porsche 911 2:03.25

24. (7) Emmanuel Collard, Christophe Tinseau

Cadillac LMP 01 2:03.75

25. (3) Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell

Corvette C5-R 2:09.34

26. (16) Butch Leitzinger, James Weaver

Riley & Scott no speed

27. (48) Jimmy Adams, Joe Blacker

Pilbeam MP84 no speed

28. (8) Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli

Cadillac LMP 01 no speed

1. (50) David Brabham

Panoz LMP1 1:14.638

2. (1) Tom Kristensen

Audi R8 1:14.721

3. (51) Klaus Graf

Panoz LMP1 1:15.846

4. (2) Emanuele Pirro

Audi R8 1:16.007

5. (7) Emmanuel Collard

Cadillac LMP 1:16.473

6. (38) Andy Wallace

Audi R8 1:16.651

7. (8) Max Angelelli

Cadillac LMP 1:18.613

8. (37) Clint Field

Lola B2K/10 1:18.829

9. (5) Didier de Radigues

Reynard 01Q 1:19.083

10. (26) Terry Borcheller

Saleen S7R 1:21.767

11. (57) John Graham

Reynard 01Q 1:22.427

12. (3) Ron Fellows

Corvette C5-R 1:22.483

13. (11) Claudia Huertgen

Lola B2K/40 1:22.907

14. (4) Andy Pilgrim

Corvette C5-R 1:23.760

15. (42) J.J. Lehto

BMW M3 GTR 1:23.860

16. (43) Fredrik Ekblom

BMW M3 GTR 1:23.927

17. (22) Randy Pobst 

Porsche 911 1:23.932

18. (6) Hans Stuck 

BMW M3 GTR 1:24.550

19. (23) Sascha Maassen

Porsche 911 1:24.738

20. (10) Peter Cunningham

BMW M3 GTR 1:25.007

21. (45) David Donohue

Viper GTS-R 1:25.821

22. (48) Jimmy Adams

Pilbeam MP84 1:26.519

23. (30) Johnny Mowlem

Porsche 911 1:27.234

24. (44) J.Ellis/T.Weickardt/K.Allen

Viper GTS-R 1:28.653

25. (69) Kye Wankum

Porsche 911 1:29.277

26. (52) Tony Burgess

Porsche 911 1:29.899

27. (15) Randy Wars

Porsche 911 1:33.085
Time Sheet - Practice
Tom Kristensen in the Infineon Audi R8 #1
Team Audi Sport North America at work
Rinaldo Capello in the Infineon Audi R8 #1
Rinaldo Capello in the Infineon Audi R8 #1
Johnny Herbert in the Champion Audi R8 #38
Frank Biela in the Infineon Audi R8 #2
Emanuele Pirro in the Infineon Audi R8 #2
Andy Wallace in the Champion Audi R8 #38