Audi Sport Ready for Silverstone

Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Audi Sport Team is poised to take to the famous Silverstone circuit in the UK on May 13th. The Silverstone American Le Mans field will include over 17 Prototype entries as the teams prepare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans...

Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Audi Sport Team is poised to take to the famous Silverstone circuit in the UK on May 13th.

The Silverstone American Le Mans field will include over 17 Prototype entries as the teams prepare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. The 500-kilometer race will start at 6:00 p.m. and end into the evening at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Audi will field two 1999 Audi R8R's for the final time this season as the 2000 cars are undergoing final preparation for the Le Mans race.

Audi Sport drivers for Silverstone:
Number 77 R8R Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, Emanuele Pirro

Number 78 R8R Allan McNish, Rinaldo Capello, Michele Alboreto

Commenting on his home circuit, Allan McNish said, "Silverstone always involves something different and that usually means rain. We'll use the 1999 Audi's as in the last ALMS race at Charlotte which means the drivers must work harder because the car is slower and more difficult to drive. We don't want to jeopardise the new 2000 Audi and risk anything for Le Mans. It's my 'home' race and it's a circuit I like and know well with many tricky and demanding corners but I believe that it will suit the '99 spec car."

Racing on the UK circuit for the first time Emanuele Pirro explained, "I'm happy that we're racing in Europe as well as the USA. Fortunately the organisers have picked two of the most famous circuits in two of the most important countries, after Italy of course, to host these races - namely Silverstone and the Nurburgring. We're using the 1999 Audi at Silverstone, like at Charlotte, and hopefully we will be on the pace. I feel motivated and we have a good chance for honours."

Former Formula 1 World Champion Michele Alboreto said, " I won an endurance sportscar race at Silverstone almost 20 years ago and also finished second in the British Grand Prix driving a Ferrari in the 1980s, but of course the track layout has changed a lot. I still like Silverstone and I'm looking forward to driving there again."

"The Sebring 12 Hour one-two result was excellent and we knew that it would be tougher in the second race at Charlotte using the 1999 car and the same applies for Silverstone. It would be easier with the new car but it's a good challenge for the team with the '99 car and we'll give it our best," commented Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport.

Having previously been head of Audi UK and now vice president of Audi of America, Len Hunt said, "Silverstone will be a challenge for the team with the '99 cars. The track is very fast and our drivers have a lot of experience there, I think that a good result is not out of the question." Audi drivers Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro are currenlty tied for third in the American Le Mans Series driver's standings with 46, trailing the BMW drivers by 6 points. Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello are currently in seventh place with 39 points apiece.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Michele Alboreto , Emanuele Pirro