Trois-Rivieres: Stefan Johansson race notes

Johnny Herbert and Stefan Johansson finishing third in the latest American Le Mans Series race staged in Canada at the wheel of their ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 after another luckless event. Herbert began the three-hour street race in Trois ...

Johnny Herbert and Stefan Johansson finishing third in the latest American Le Mans Series race staged in Canada at the wheel of their ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 after another luckless event.

Herbert began the three-hour street race in Trois Rivieres near Quebec from the front row but within seconds of the start, his Audi was hit from behind by the British-built Lola-MG of Steve Knight at the first corner.

Luckless Herbert changed the damaged rear bodywork in a lightning pit-stop dropping to the back of the 26-car field but charged in to the lead after 70minutes.

At mid-distance, the pole-starting "factory" Audi of Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro led Herbert by 14 seconds with the Rinaldo Capello/Tom Kristensen Audi, which started 20th after qualifying problems, third.

Herbert briefly regained the lead before handing over to co-driver Johansson after 128 minutes of frantic action around the 1.52-mile circuit. But the Swede collected a stop-go penalty for overtaking in a waved yellow flag area effectively ruling the Champion Audi out of contention.

Stefan said: "When I took over from Johnny there must have been a form of miscommunication with my pit crew which put me right to the back of the field. When the race went green there was another one, when I was told a lap too early that the race would restart, so I passed about three cars. I let them through but they still gave me a stop-and-go."

Capello/Kristensen led home a dominant Audi 1-2-3 at the chequered flag with Biela/Kristensen 18-seconds behind and the 2001-specification R8 of Herbert/Johansson third, one lap down, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Herbert remarked: "It was a good race, just a shame that another car ran into me at the start. I managed to get back into second position and led briefly. In the end Stefan was unfortunate, we lost a possible victory. We still finished third which is a good result. However, it was not so good for me that Tom and Dindo were the winners which gave them points for the championship I needed."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Frank Biela , Steve Knight