Champion Racing preliminary testing notes

American team lays foundations for successful Le Mans A Florida-based auto racing team proudly and successfully flew the "Star & Stripes" in France today (Sun 4 May). Team ADT Champion Racing, of Pompano Beach, set the fifth fastest time in ...

American team lays foundations for successful Le Mans

A Florida-based auto racing team proudly and successfully flew the "Star & Stripes" in France today (Sun 4 May). Team ADT Champion Racing, of Pompano Beach, set the fifth fastest time in warm-up trials for the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sportscar race.

Emanuele Pirro swept its "customer" Audi R8 around the 8.62-mile circuit at an average speed of over 135mph in a time of 3min 39.077. 56-cars were "invited" to participate in two, four-hour test sessions held in sunny and warm weather conditions. Champion Racing, a regular competitor in the American Le Mans Series, was one of 15 American teams present.

Pirro will be partnered by JJ Lehto and Stefan Johansson in the actual round-the-clock race staged on 14-15 June. The was set fastest time set by the Bentley of Tom Kristensen/Guy Smith/Rinaldo Capello.

Stefan Johansson (46), of Sweden:

"Mission accomplished! We had a very productive day, went through many evaluations concerning fuel and tires which should bode well for us in the race."

JJ Lehto (36), of Finland:

"We followed a specific program that we needed to accomplish during the day. All the drivers are happy with our car. We can return in June with a very good car for the race."

Emanuele Pirro (41), of Italy:

"I am quite happy. The track was never clear for us to set a really fast lap. Importantly, we have gathered important information for race."

-cr-

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Guy Smith , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto