Veloqx Audi Bids To Bring LMES Curtain Down In Championship Winning Style
Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx is bidding to bring down the curtain on the inaugural Le Mans Endurance Series in style by claiming a third 1-2 finish in the fourth and final round of the sportscar endurance racing series at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Sunday (12 September).
Pierre Kaffer and Allan McNish will start the 144-lap race around the magnificent 4.333-mile, 15-corner track in the Ardennes region of Belgium leading the Driver's Championship standings outright. Back-to-back victories at the Nurburgring (D) and Silverstone (GB), plus a second place at Monza (It), have earned the Veloqx Audi #8 crew a four-point lead in the LM P1 class.
Meanwhile opening Monza race winners Jamie Davies and Johnny Herbert lie second in the standings having also finished second and third at the Nurburgring and Silverstone respectively in their #88 Veloqx Audi.
Audi R8 - #8
Pierre Kaffer (D)
"This is my first year of driving a sports-prototype and so to be in contention for a championship is a dream. Spa will be my sixth race for Audi this year and already I have won three times including Sebring. I have driven once before at Spa - in a Porsche (2002). Because of its location compared to where I live, it's almost a second 'home' race for me."
Allan McNish (GB)
"Claiming the LMES title would go some way in easing the pain of missing out on Le Mans glory. I've raced Formula Vauxhall Lotus (1988) and Formula 3000 (1991/2/5) at Spa - starting the '95 race from pole - while my last race there was the '02 Grand Prix when I finished ninth. I've also tested sportscars at Spa on a number of occasions."
Audi R8 - #88
Jamie Davies (GB)
"Our last two races have been frustrating in terms of the final result so it's important for Johnny and I to finish the season on a high note for Veloqx Audi. I contested four Formula 3000 races at Spa (1997/8/9 & '00) - finishing eighth in 1997 - and seventh in last year's Spa 24 Hours. It's a wonderful circuit and often features exciting races - like the recent F1 GP proved."
Johnny Herbert (GB)
"Only one result is important to me at Spa and that's a victory. I raced in the Belgian Grand Prix on 11 occasions with a best result of fourth place (1997) having started the '95 race from the second row - a Grand Prix I also led. My last race there was the 2000 GP. Despite changes to the circuit in recent years it's still a major test for a driver - a real challenge."
Sam Li, Team Principal:
"After the excitement and drama of racing at 'home', Team Veloqx is looking forward to producing a performance of the highest calibre at Spa in order to secure success for the team and drivers in both the overall and LM P1 classifications. Whilst we travel to Belgium in a strong position, 'complacency' does not exist in our vocabulary."
David Ingram, Audi UK Motorsport Manager:
"Our competitors have proved that they are not going to let us win without a fight, and I'm sure that this race is going to be as action packed as the previous three rounds of the LMES. Audi North America have won the American Le Mans Series so it would be marvellous for Audi UK to claim the LMES this side of the Atlantic."