15th April 2001 Donington Race American Le Mans Series - Rd 3 / European Le Mans Series - Rd 1 Italian Audi ace Dindo Capello continued his winning ways at the opening round of the European Le Mans Series by taking victory with Tom Kristensen at...
15th April 2001
American Le Mans Series - Rd 3 / European Le Mans Series - Rd 1
Italian Audi ace Dindo Capello continued his winning ways at the opening round of the European Le Mans Series by taking victory with Tom Kristensen at Donington today.
Having started his winning run in Adelaide, Capello has now taken the opening three races of 2001, cementing a handy lead at the top of the points championship.
With Kristensen missing out on the Sebring win while teamed with Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro - Capello now has a handy points gap over his team-mate.
"The car was very good and Tom did a great job in the first two stints," Capello said.
"I just brought the car home without taking any risks. With last year's finale at Adelaide, I have won four races in a row - that is really something special."
The win for Kristensen and Capello did not come without drama, with Kristensen earning a stop-go penalty after contact with another car.
"We have been quickest in all free practices and in qualifying. So I think, we deserved this victory," Kristensen said.
"My only mishap was the stop-and-go-penalty. I accept things like that, but the drivers have to be aware of each other and understand how to behave in traffic."
With Audi filling the first three spots, the French Courage outfit of Jean-Christophe Boullion and Laurent Redon took fourth ahead of the privateer Panoz of Jay Cochran and Peter Boss.
The factory Panoz squad had its share of dramas. David Brabham climbed from 7th on the grid to 4th spot before handing over Jan Magnussen.
Magnussen's progress was hindered after a loose wheel caused the Danish star to finish in a gravel trap. Race officials were able to remove the car and Magnussen eventually finished in 8th spot. The second Panoz of Gaulter Salles and Klaus Graf battled gear-shift problems to finish in 6th position.
Brits Martin O'Connell and Warren Carway took Pilbeam's first class victory to win the Prototype 675 division while Bruno Lambert and Ian McKellar Jr won the GTS class for Saleen.
Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen won the GT class for Porsche after both BMWs struck trouble. <pre> RESULTS - PROTOTYPE DIVISION 1. - Tom Kristensen/Dindo Capello - Audi - 115 laps 2. - Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro - Audi - 114 laps - 3. - Stefan Johansson/Guy Smith - Audi - 114 laps - 4. - Jean-Christophe Boullion/Laurent Redon - Courage - 111 laps 5. - Jay Cochran/Peter Boss - Panoz - 106 laps
PROTOTYPE 675 1. - Martin O'Connell/Warren Carway - Pilbeam - 105 laps
GTS DIVISION 1. - Bruno Lambert/Ian McKellar Jr. - Saleen - 102 laps
GT DIVISION 1. - Lucas Luhr/Sascha Maassen - Porsche GT3-R - 102 laps