The Audi Driver Combinations
For Sebring & Le Mans
Audi is nothing
if not thorough – and it has been made plain that Sebring,
although a significant event in itself, is all part of the preparations
for Le Mans. So the two driver trios for the two events will be
the same. They are:
Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello
Marco Werner, Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela.
Pirro and Biela together was almost a ‘given’,
after their 2005 success in the ALMS, but despite only one change
from the six who raced for Champion at Sebring and Le Mans last
year, it’s not quite as simple as a ‘swap’ of
Capello for JJ Lehto.
In effect, Werner
switches cars to the Biela / Pirro machine, McNish switches the
other way to the Kristensen car, and the Scot and the Dane are joined
by the Italian Capello.
is the first time I’ll be sharing with Tom," says the
Scot McNish. "His pedigree is easy to see through the results
and I know he has a similar attitude to racing and winning as myself.
After the 2005 Sebring 12 Hours where we fought out the last few
hours wheel to wheel and were separated by only six seconds at the
chequered flag, we both felt it was easier to race together than
against each other - apparently our fathers had already discussed
the matter and came to this same decision many races beforehand!"
Adding up the Le Mans victories of the two squads,
McNish / Kristensen / Capello have ten wins (1-7-2) while Biela
/ Pirro / Werner have seven (3-3-1).
They’ve got 12 Sebring wins between them too.
"Our goal was to put together two equally competitive
teams for each R10,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang
Ullrich. "We were able to choose from six Le Mans winners who
have been successful for Audi in every conceivable permutation.
We opted for a combination which we consider to be perfect for both
What we can’t
yet confirm are the pairings for the two cars for the bulk of the
ALMS season - but Pirro / Biela and McNish / Werner seem to be the
most likely combinations.
This was the
scene on the podium at Sebring last year – after an epic McNish
/ Lehto moment, and then a McNish charge (after Kristensen) at the
end. This time they’ll be in the R10s of course.