Audi leads participants in testing

LE MANS, France (May 6, 2001) -- Audi Sport North America led all teams, including 21 from the American Le Mans Series, in a day of testing for the 69th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday at the Circuit de le Sarthe. The ALMS-leading...

LE MANS, France (May 6, 2001) -- Audi Sport North America led all teams, including 21 from the American Le Mans Series, in a day of testing for the 69th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday at the Circuit de le Sarthe.

The ALMS-leading Audi R8 of Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello was the fastest car in the day-long session, with Kristensen driving around the historic circuit in three minutes, 32.724 seconds.

The U.S.-based Champion Audi team was the second-fastest on the day, with Ralf Kelleners turning a lap of 3:33.205. Other ALMS teams in the LMP 900 class included the second Audi Sport car, along with Johansson Racing, Panoz Motor Sports, the DAMS Cadillac team and Chrysler Team ORECA.

The 48 teams that have been invited to participate in the June 16-17 race, plus six alternates, participated in Sunday's session, the only time that the full circuit will be available for practice prior to the week of the race. Twenty-one of the 48 participating teams have been regulars on the ALMS in either 2000 or 2001.

The Dick Barbour Racing team, which is fielding two cars in the LMP 675 class, led testing for the smaller Prototypes with a lap of 3:44.272. The Reynard 01Q-Judd was co-driven by Didier de Radigues and Eric van de Poele and was 20th overall. ALMS regular KnightHawk-Roock Racing also participated.

The Saleen-Allen Speedlab team was the fastest in the GTS class at 3:54.448 in a Saleen S7R. The drivers were Terry Borcheller, Oliver Gavin and Franz Konrad and the car was 28th overall. Team Corvette also had two cars in the GTS class, and Konrad Motorsport ran another Saleen.

Only two regular ALMS teams are competing in the GT class, and the fastest of the two on Sunday was the Callaway C12-R of Aspen Knolls Racing at 4:16.013. Drivers Shane Lewis, Vic Rice and Bob Mazzuoccola were 46th overall. Seikel Motorsport, also a regular on the ALMS, ran a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

-ALMS-

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Shane Lewis , Rinaldo Capello , Didier de Radigues , Tom Kristensen , Ralf Kelleners , Eric van de Poele , Terry Borcheller , Oliver Gavin , Dick Barbour , Vic Rice , Bob Mazzuoccola
Teams DAMS