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Michele Alboreto in the #77 Audi R8
Audi R8 with Emanuele Pirro in his slip stream a BMW M3, a Chevy Corvette followed by a Dodge Viper
Allan McNish in the #77 Audi R8
Emanuele Pirro in the #78 Audi R8

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 again tomorrow.”

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."


Results

1. Alboreto/Capello/McNish Audi R8 1m 10.379s
2. Biela/Kristensen/Pirro Audi R8 1m 10.713s
3. Brabham/Magnussen Panoz 1m 11.187s
4. Lehto/Müller BMW 1m 11.438s
5. O`Connell/Katoh/Graf Panoz 1m 12.060s
6. Auberlen/Gounon BMW 1m 12.116s
7. Schiattarella/de Radigues/Simon Panoz 1m 12.477s
8. Tinseau/Goossens Cadillac 1m 13.611s
9. Bernard/Collard Cadillac 1m 13.691s
10. Angelelli/Taylor/van de Poele Cadillac 1m 13.937s