Ingolstadt, 31 July 2005
Motorsport Newsletter 13/2005
Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro win again
By scoring their second victory in a row, Audi factory drivers Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro took the lead in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). At Portland, they defeated the two Lolas of the Dyson Team in an exciting race. During one of the fuel stops, a crew member was over the wall too early incurring a twenty-second penalty imposed on Emanuele Pirro. Chasing the leaders, the Audi driver impressively fought his way back from third position to the front. The race was only decided on the penultimate lap when James Weaver (Lola) ran out of fuel and lost his narrow lead to Pirro. JJ Lehto and Marco Werner did not finish the race at Portland in Team ADT Champion Racing's second Audi R8. JJ Lehto spun off the track in spectacular style when his R8 lost the rear bodywork including the rear wing -- a consequence of earlier contact which had damaged the rear end mounting.
Allan McNish to contest Silverstone 1000 kms
Initially, Allan McNish had said farewell to the Audi R8 at Le Mans. Now, the DTM star will get the chance to race the most successful Le Mans prototype one more time: On August 13, the Scotsman will contest the Silverstone 1000 kilometre race with support from Audi UK. McNish will start together with Stephane Ortelli for Audi PlayStation Team ORECA.
News from the Audi brand group
SEAT privateer Tom Coronel on the podium
Privateer Tom Coronal finished third in the turbulent 12th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium taking a podium result for SEAT. The Dutchman took advantage from many incidents involving his rivals, scoring his best result of the season with a faultless drive. The SEAT factory team remained without points at Spa. Jason Plato was the best SEAT driver in the first heat finishing 9th. Peter Terting, who had celebrated his first WTCC victory in the Mexican event at the end of June, finished 10th in both heats slowed down by 35 kilograms of handicap weight.
Another podium result for SEAT in the BTCC
At Mondello Park (Ireland), Jason Plato scored another podium result for SEAT in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). In the first of the three races, the Briton finished second with his SEAT Toledo Cupra. He made the right decision in the tyre gamble before the second race choosing slicks, but lost all his chances when a stop-and-go-penalty was imposed for not changing the tyres within the correct time window. Plato started the third heat from pole position, took the lead but was spun off by a competitor on the opening lap.