Le Mans, France, Michele Alboreto is putting in a solid drive for Audi leading the race eight hours in.
Teammates Frank Biela and Stephane Ortelli have their Audi's in second and fourth place respectively. The problems with the number nine Audi have put it behind the Panoz of David Brabham.
Allan McNish experienced a diffuser problem prior to Ortelli taking over. "I went into the esses after the Dunlop Bridge and the car snapped. I thought it was a puncture, I was then able to put down the power onto the straight," said McNish.
The number seven and eight Audi's have run without a problem from the drop of the green flag. "The cars are running good, it is going smooth for Le Mans. The problems we have had are normal for here. We are fighting for the top three positions," said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Sport.