Ingolstadt, 05 September 2005 Audi Motorsport Newsletter 18/2005 ALMS Biela/Pirro increase ALMS lead Audi factory drivers Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro further increased their lead in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In their Team ADT ...
Ingolstadt, 05 September 2005
Audi Motorsport Newsletter 18/2005
Biela/Pirro increase ALMS lead
Audi factory drivers Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro further increased their lead in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In their Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 they finished third behind team-mates JJ Lehto and Marco Werner at Mosport, Canada. Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace, starting from pole position with their Lola, finished fourth after a slow puncture thus losing three more points to the Audi pairing. JJ Lehto and Marco Werner, driving the second Audi R8, battled for the victory with the Dyson-Lola of Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver for the entire 2:30-hour distance. The lead swapped five times among the two cars before Lehto/Werner had to settle for second position.
McNish/Ortelli strong second at the Nürburgring
Following their victory at Silverstone, Audi factory driver Allan McNish and Stéphane Ortelli also thrilled the spectators in round four of the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES). Despite their Audi R8 not being the fastest car in the Nürburgring 1000 kilometre race because of the handicaps imposed by the regulations, they were able to take the lead taking advantage from the reliability of the R8 and the economic fuel consumption of the Audi Turbo FSI engine. Only 12 minutes from the end of the six-hour race, they lost the lead to the lighter and more powerful Zytek prototype driven by Hayanari Shimoda and Tom Chilton. Audi PlayStation Team ORECA missed its second consecutive LMES win by just 10.767 seconds.
First podium for Tommy Kristoffersson
Tommy Kristoffersson, the combined Team Director and driver of KMS Motorsport, finished on the podium in the Norwegian round of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Våler banen scoring his season's best result. Meanwhile team-mate Fredrik Ekblom had mixed feelings in Norway with his Audi A4 STCC. Following an infringement, his third position from qualifying was disallowed. He moved up to sixth position from the back of the field in the first of two qualifying heats. The Audi driver took a dominant win in the second qualifying race. Contact with another car denied Ekblom another strong result in the final race.