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Audi damaged in track testing Audi's R8 Le Mans car has been severely damaged in a testing crash at Magny Cours. It is expected to hamper their testing, and has stopped them testing this week in Vallelunga. The crash happened during the ...

Audi damaged in track testing

Audi's R8 Le Mans car has been severely damaged in a testing crash at Magny Cours. It is expected to hamper their testing, and has stopped them testing this week in Vallelunga. The crash happened during the night.

Scuderia Italia to run GTs

Scuderia Italia, the team which had a few years in F1 - including a year with the infamous Lola-Ferrari, is to make a motor sport comeback with the ISRS series, running 2 Ferrari 333SPs.

Provisional Sports Car Calendar

Four events have yet to be agreed, so this is the "unpublished" calendar:

April 11 Monza May 9 Silverstone June 27 Nurburgring July 18 Zolder Sept 5 Hockenheim Sep 19 A1-Ring

An August date is expected at Brno for one.

Konrad confirms GT2 programme

Konrad Motorsport has confirmed another dual programme in the FIA GT series with a Porsche GT2 and the American Le Mans series.

Franz Konrad gets second Lola

Franz Konrad has ordered another Lola B98/10. He aims to tackle a European and American programme of races. His co-driver will be Jan Lammers.

Davy Jones aims for comeback

Davy Jones, who pulled out of racing after a serious accident in the IRL, is aiming to return to sports cars this year. He is aiming to get back into endurance racing, where he won the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1996.

GTs face February deadline

The new FIA GT series has a mid-February deadline to get at least 20 entries or it will be dropped by the FIA from the calendar. In a similar move for the FIA International Prototype Cup, the FIA World Council has decreed that it also must raise 20 entries or face being dropped.

Stephane Ratel, organiser of the championships, is pushing hard to find enough entries. "We expect to have 4 Mercedes and if we can get 4 Ferraris, four Lolas one or two Riley & Scotts and one or two BMW V12s we will be getting close."

Total withdrawl at BMW

BMW have pulled out of all motor sport for the coming season. The reason is to prepare their entry to F1. This wil directly affect touring cars, notably the German series which has been scrabbling around for factory supported teams. From the wording it is also expected to affect BMWs Le Mans efforts as well.

-- Stephen M Baines

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Series General
Drivers Jan Lammers , Franz Konrad , Davy Jones , Stéphane Ratel