No Surprises In Audi’s Line-Up
For Sebring & Le Mans
The two Audi
R10 prototypes at Sebring and Le Mans will be driven by Frank Biela,
Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Emanuele Pirro and
Marco Werner – the six who have driven the cars so far.
There’s no indication of how these six will
be combined in the two cars.
"The R10 project is the greatest challenge
ever to face Audi Sport,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr
Wolfgang Ullrich. "It goes without saying that we needed drivers
with experience in depth for this project, who also play an important
roll during the development. I’m delighted that we have managed
to form such a strong driving squad for Le Mans and for the test
race at Sebring.”
is the man who finds a seat in an Audi prototype again, after missing
out last year, but unfortunately this means no space for JJ Lehto,
who has always made it clear that “I am a Champion driver,
not an Audi driver.”
Each of the six R10 drivers has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and
the 12-hour race at Sebring at least once, and as a group they have
recorded 17 Le Mans and twelve Sebring wins.
six contest their first race with the R10 at the 12 Hours of Sebring
(USA) on 18 March which is seen as a test race for Le Mans. With
the exception of Tom Kristensen all the Audi drivers have already
tested the new Audi R10 extensively. Kristensen was at the wheel
of the R10 during the presentation in Paris in December and will
get ample opportunity during the test and practice days before the
Sebring race to familiarise himself with the new diesel sportscar.
The two Audi R10 prototypes will be entered at Sebring and Le Mans
by Reinhold Joest’s team, which previously supported the Audi
Sport Development Team during the successful R8 years. Both Audi
R10 prototypes will race under the Audi Sport North America banner