Adenau, July 09, 2000
After an exciting sportscar race, Audi achieved a place on the podium. Le
Mans winners Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro finished the 1000 kilometer race
at the Nuerburgring, the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS),
in third position. The second Audi R8 driven by Rinaldo Capello and Allan
McNish had to retire on the 88th lap after Scotsman McNish spun.
In a few days, Audi Sport North America and the Audi R8s will return to the
United States to prepare for the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series
which will be held on 23 July at Sears Point, California.
Frank Biela (#78): „Today it was very difficult to predict the weather so we lost
time during tyre changes which is hard to make up again in this strong series.
Nevertheless with third place we collected points. Now I’m looking forward to
the races in the USA, of course we keep hanging on.”
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport: „We had a very exciting race until the
very end but luck was not on our side today. We did not handle the weather
conditions right at every moment. Now we will quietly analyse this weekend
and take the improvements with us to the United States.”
Reinhold Joest, Team Director Audi Sport North America: „After all we went
through during this six hours we are very happy with third place. We collected
points for the series and the spectators saw exciting motorsport. Now we will
keep on working hard and concentrate on the forthcoming races.”
1. Magnussen/Brabham (Panoz) 185 laps