Braselton, 28 September, 2000
Audi made a perfect start into the race weekend at Road Atlanta.
During first qualifying on Thursday afternoon it took Allan McNish only
three laps to set a new track record and to take provisional pole
position. Emanuele Pirro in the companion Audi R8 completed the
great result with the second fastest time. The Italian also lowered the
old track record.
Second and final qualifying starts tomorrow afternoon at 2.05 hrs. The
“Petit Le Mans” begins on Saturday at 12.30 hrs and finishes after ten
hours or 1000 miles, whichever comes first.
Quotes after first qualifying
Allan McNish (#77)
„One of our biggest advantages is that our car fits almost every circuit
we come to. No matter if slow, fast or Le Mans - our car is always
quick and we just need to do the fine tuning for the race. I think it is
quite clear that our Audi R8 is the class of the field. Three laps for a
new track record is great. Now I hope it takes me two laps to beat it
Emanuele Pirro (#78)
„This was a good, but not a perfect session. I was a bit unlucky this
time because we had a small electrical problem when my tires were
at their best. So I’m very confident there is something more to come
tomorrow. I’m not sure if that will be enough for pole position, but I’m
looking forward very much to the second session.”
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport
„Until now we worked mainly for the qualifying, but we have clear
ideas for the race and will try them on both cars during this evening's
night practice. This is a long distance race, so it will be important to
find a good race setup that allows consistent lap times without losing
too much performance."
Reinhold Joest, Team Director Audi Sport North America
„It is great for Audi that we broke the existing lap record already
during the first qualifying session. It did not look like this in the
beginning as we had some problems with the traction and the
balance of the car. But we were able to solve them."