McNish-Audi R8 Facts
We’re indebted to Martyn Pass at Audi UK to wrap up the final race for the Audi R8 in Europe – the final LMES event is on the ‘Asian’ side of Istanbul – and the penultimate race in an R8 for A. McNish.“Nurburgring was Allan's 21st race in an R8. In addition to winning 10 of those races, he claimed seven second positions and one third place (so 18 podium places from 21), plus he set nine fastest race laps and qualified on pole on five occasions (himself not co-drivers). For the record, he has only raced an R8 that has retired on two occasions (Nurburgring 2000 and Spa 2004).

“Following Nurburgring and Mosport, 2005 already represents the most number of races in a season an Audi R8 hasn't won . .... four (these two plus Spa and Mid-Ohio) but the Audis have currently won eight times in 2005 so far.”

A remarkable feature of the Nurburgring race was that McNish and Ortelli kept the ORECA entry in contention for the win for so long, despite a fastest lap (McNish) 1.7 seconds slower than that of the winning car, 1.2 seconds slower than the DBA and over six tenths slower than the (lapped) Pescarolo.

“We’re there or thereabouts on pace, the averages for the top cars are very close, the Zytek is clearly quicker over a single lap, but over the race distance we’ll be right there,” said McNish on race morning.

And of course, the Scot was right.

A highlight of the weekend was Wolfgang Kaufmann roaring with laughter when told that it was McNish (in the safety car) he’d overtaken (in his Volvo) on the Nordschleife on Saturday evening.

“At one point I checked the mirror and there was a Volvo flashing its lights at me! I let him go as he clearly knew his way around, and tried to hurry along behind him for a while, but then thought it wouldn’t be the best of ideas to crash the liveried Safety Car!”
Great characters, both of them.

Wolfgang’s next lap of the Nordschleife was with the dsc crew aboard. Nine minutes, we reckoned. More on that lap to come.


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