Johansson LeMans practice report

Le Mans, France, Sunday 6th May 2001: Stefan Johansson recorded fastest time of the morning session at the Le Mans trials in his Gulf Oil-liveried Audi R8, the Swede setting a time of three minutes 36.054 seconds, half a second faster than the...

Le Mans, France, Sunday 6th May 2001: Stefan Johansson recorded fastest time of the morning session at the Le Mans trials in his Gulf Oil-liveried Audi R8, the Swede setting a time of three minutes 36.054 seconds, half a second faster than the pole position time last year. It was a fantastic achievement for Johansson, who is racing in a 2000-spec Audi R8 against three more developed machines.

The Gulf Oil / Johansson Racing car finished the day sixth fastest overall and the team was confident for the race. "It is not a night-and-day difference between us and the works cars, as we showed, and we will go to Le Mans in June very optimistic of our chances," commented Johansson.

Tom Kristensen set fastest time of the day, with a 3m32.742s lap, four seconds faster than last year's pole position time as Johansson improved his best effort to a 3m35.124s. Ralf Kelleners was second fastest in the Champion Audi, while Martin Brundle was third fastest overall in the new Bentley EXP Speed 8.

The involvement of Gulf Oil with the all conquering Audi R8 is the latest chapter in the Company's illustrious association with motorsport that spans thirty-five years. The Gulf Audi will run in the famous powder blue and orange colours that became synonymous with success for Gulf Oil at Le Mans in 1968, 1969 (GT40), and 1975 ( Porsche 917), and which were immortalised by the 1970 Steve McQueen movie, 'Le Mans'.

-Gulf Racing

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Tom Kristensen , Ralf Kelleners , Martin Brundle