Sears Point Audi to Start One and Two - New Track Record

Sonoma, Calif., The Audi R8's qualified one and two for the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway with Allan McNish setting a new track record. Allan McNish driving the number 77 R8 took the pole with a time of 1:20.683, an average speed...

Sonoma, Calif., The Audi R8's qualified one and two for the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway with Allan McNish setting a new track record.

Allan McNish driving the number 77 R8 took the pole with a time of 1:20.683, an average speed of 112.440, which is the fastest lap ever turned on the Sears Point Raceway. "The circuit is about eight-tenths faster than yesterday. My second lap was the fastest, I was able to get a clear lap. We need to be on the front row, first for the championship with the BMW behind us and second for track position, especially with the traffic we will see in the race tomorrow," said McNish.

The previous track record was held by J.J. Lehto in a BMW, clocked in 1999 with a time of 1:22.387 and 110.440 mph. Prior to the ALMS racing at Sears, the lap record was held by Andrea Montermini in a Ferrari 333 SP from 1997 with a time of 1:24.341 and 107.563 mph.

Emanuele Pirro comments on his qualifying effort, "I'm quite happy. We did some modifications since this morning. We had three different options on the set up and I think I chose the best one. We look good for the race."

<pre> Sears Point Grid for Tomorrow's Race 1. Capello/McNish Audi 1:20.683 - McNish new track record! 2. Biela/Pirro Audi 1:21.227 3. Brabham/Magnussen Panoz 1:21.610 4. O'Connell/Katoh Panoz 1:22.247 5. Schiattarella/de Radigues Lola 1:22.570 6. Lehto/Mueller BMW 1:23.186 7. Johansson/Smith Reynard 1:23.589 8. Auberlen/Gounon BMW 1:24.084 9. Field/Sutherland Lola 1:25.417 10. Simo/Matthews Reynard 1:26.072

Audi R8 line-up for Sears Point:    
#77  Allan McNish/Rinaldo Capello
#78  Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series ALMS
Drivers Rinaldo Capello , Allan McNish , J.J. Lehto , Frank Biela , Andrea Montermini , Emanuele Pirro