The Audi driver line-up for the 2002 Le Mans 24 Hour race is complete with Germans Michael Krumm and Marco Werner plus Philipp Peter, of Austria, announced for the third Infineon Audi R8 on 15-16 June. Werner and Peter make their Le Mans debut...
The Audi driver line-up for the 2002 Le Mans 24 Hour race is complete with Germans Michael Krumm and Marco Werner plus Philipp Peter, of Austria, announced for the third Infineon Audi R8 on 15-16 June.
Werner and Peter make their Le Mans debut while Krumm has twice contested the French marathon.
"To be successful at Le Mans has always been one of my major goals, " explains Krumm. "With Audi I now have a unique chance - I can't wait for June to come."
Werner added: "To do Le Mans with Audi is a dream." Peter, an Audi works driver in the confirmed: "The Infineon Audi R8 has won at Le Mans twice already - a driver couldn't wish for better prerequisites."
In April, Krumm, Peter and Werner will gain their first experience of the Infineon Audi R8 in a 30 hour test when the Audi works team prepares for the season highlight in June. On 5 May pre-practice takes place at Le Mans.
Audi starts the Le Mans 24 Hour race with three silver Infineon Audi R8 sportscars which fly the additional colours of black, red and yellow resembling the German flag. Krumm/Peter/Werner drive the "black" R8.
The winning trio of the last two Le Mans races, Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro, share the "red" car. Rinaldo Capello, Johnny Herbert and Christian Pescatori - the winners of the 2002 Sebring 12 Hour race - compete in the "yellow" Audi.
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport, is convinced: "With this strong driver team we have the best chance to claim a hat-trick at Le Mans."
A fourth Audi sportscar will be run at Le Mans by a customer squad, Audi Sport Japan Team Goh. Japanese drivers Seiji Ara and Hiroki Katoh start together with four times Le Mans winner, Yannick Dalmas (France), in an R8 from last year.