|September 3, 2006
Audi R10 TDI on the Front Row at Mosport
The Audi "works” drivers Allan McNish (Scotland) and Dindo Capello (Italy) will start their Audi R10 TDI from the front row in the eighth race of the American Le Mans Series at Mosport (Canada). Due to heavy rain, the 20 minute qualifying on Saturday was cancelled. For Sunday’s starting grid, the organisers took into account each car’s best lap time achieved in any of the three free practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. The ALMS championship leaders Allan McNish and Dindo Capello will sit next to the Lola drivers and 2005 Mosport race winners, James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger, on the front row. Their Audi team-mates Frank Biela (Germany) and Emanuele Pirro (Italy) start the race on the 2.549 miles circuit, located about 60 miles east of Toronto, from sixth place.
On the fastest track of the season, Audi has the first "matchball” in the American Le Mans Series. In the eighth race of the season, the championship leaders Capello and McNish can claim ahead of time the title in the Drivers’ championship. It would be the first time in motorsport history that drivers of a diesel sportscar would win an important championship. Before the race at Mosport, the two Audi drivers have an advantage of 42 points ahead of Lola drivers Leitzinger and Weaver. If Capello and McNish claim at least seven points more than their pursuers, they will be unreachable for the lead before the two final races in Road Atlanta (30 September) and Laguna Seca (21 October).
The race at Mosport will start on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm local time (9 pm in Germany) and is scheduled to last 2.45 hours.
Quotes after qualifying in Mosport
Dindo Capello (Audi R10 TDI #2):
Allan McNish (Audi R10 TDI #2):
Frank Biela (Audi R10 TDI #1):
Emanuele Pirro (Audi R10 TDI #1):
Dave Maraj (Team Director Team Audi Sport North America):
The starting grid at Mosport
1. Weaver/Leitzinger (Lola-AER) 1m 06.843s
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