April 30, 2001

Cause of Alboreto Accident Clarified

Auburn Hills, Mich. -- The cause of the accident which ended with the tragic death of Michele Alboreto last Wednesday, has been clarified. Experts from the independent group DEKRA, investigating on behalf of the public prosecutorīs office at Cottbus, and specialists of Audi unanimously came to the opinion that the accident had been caused by a punctured tire.

"All investigations carried out so far, show that a sharp object went into the left rear tire which caused a gradual loss of pressure in the tire," explain the experts of DEKRA. From that, all investigations carried out so far prove that the accident was caused by external circumstances and no technical failure of the car.

"Knowing the results of the investigations, which of course does not bring Michele back, Audi has decided in accordance with its drivers, to take part in the pre-practice at Le Mans," explains Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport. "I am absolutely sure this would also be in the mind of Michele, whose work helped us make the Audi R8 such a successful sportscar."

Also the two customer teams Champion and Johansson will take part in next weekend's Le Mans pre-practice with their Audi R8 sportscars.