2007 Audi Hints
Well done Harald Gallinis (at www.gt-eins.de),
who spoke with Audi Sport’s Technical Director Ralf Jüttner
recently, and between them they provided several pointers to the
German manufacturer’s plans for 2007.
Le Mans is naturally a firm fixture on the company’s
racing schedule, but “because of the internal restructuring
of the Audi management, all further decisions are pending concerning
commitments in other series, as well as concerning the drivers,”
More positively, he admits that three new chassis
are being built up, making a total of six – and suggests that
two cars could be raced on each side of the Atlantic, pending the
decision of Audi’s management.
"At this stage, with six existing cars, further
customer ‘employments’ (placements) of the car, apart
from Champion Racing, are almost impossible,” says Herr Jüttner.
Champion Racing therefore seems likely to have a
more considerable role in the ALMS next year, now that the first
year of racing the R10s has been accomplished (so successfully).
potential of racing R10s in Europe (other than Le Mans) and in the
ALMS, Jüttner indicates that although he (and Reinhold Joest) would
like to race against Peugeot in the Le Mans Series, he makes it
clear that TV coverage of the series is inadequate (our word
- the LMS played second fiddle to touring cars in 2006), the
series isn’t well known among the public and it would be difficult
to justify major expenditure to sponsor the series, even jointly
Meanwhile, the ALMS offers “a very delightful
stage for our presentation and strategic running” –
and Herr Jüttner seems to like the yellow flag periods. He must
have particularly enjoyed the timing of the yellow flags at Laguna
The Essen Show
is usually the scene of Audi’s announcement for the following
year, but that wasn’t the case this time. Even the drivers
don’t seem to have much idea regarding what they’ll
be asked to do next year – or perhaps even who will be asked
to do the driving of the R10s (and presumably the DTM cars).