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.
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
“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.