Champion – As Expected
One car in the ALMS, two in the SPEED World Challenge
We’re expecting confirmation of “the other Audi”
at AUTOSPORT International, so it comes as no surprise to find that
Champion Racing will run one Audi R8 in the ALMS, having resigned
JJ Lehto and “acquiring factory driver Marco Werner”.
The team will
also return to Le Mans, where Emanuele Pirro will join Lehto and
Werner. Pirro and Lehto finished third overall behind the Bentleys
in 2003, with Stefan Johansson.
Unfortunately, the driver selections mean no home for Johnny Herbert.
In the SPEED
World Challenge GT Series, Champion Racing will return with last
year's Audi RS 6s, driven by Michael Galati and Randy Pobst.
Team ADT Champion
Racing will “seek to earn their first Championship title in
the American Le Mans Series,” says the team’s statement.
The white R8 is likely to be the only Audi racing in the ALMS, but
it should face formidable opposition (again – and probably
more so) from the Dyson Racing Lolas.
of Audi Sport North America, we are once again proud to be aligned
with such a capable and competent organization like Champion Racing,”
declared Len Hunt, V.P. of Audi of America. "Champion Racing
has proven to be one of the best teams in sports car racing and
we look forward to providing them with support for another successful
open up at Sebring in March - where Champion will be aiming to resume
racing as successfully as it did at Petit Le Mans.