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.

"On behalf 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 year."

Both series open up at Sebring in March - where Champion will be aiming to resume racing as successfully as it did at Petit Le Mans.


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