Mans-Nine Hours Into the Race
Source: Audi Sport
LE MANS, France (June 13, 2004) - Nine hours into the race, Team ADT
Champion Racing has found themselves back in the top ten of the remaining
42-car field. In fact, the #2 Audi R8 is currently in 5th position, just
three laps behind the Dallara/Judd of RollCenter Racing and only four laps
behind the Pescarolo/Judd of Pescarolo Sport.
JJ Lehto currently pilots the powerful 550 hp, V8, twin-turbo Audi. In
fact, in his second stint in the car-in the dark-Lehto posted the fastest
time of this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, 3:36.060. Incredible when you
remember that the car was in a major accident, was in the pit for 31
minutes, and was almost completely rebuilt.
Marco Werner (Germany): "Congratulations to the team. They did a very good
job after the big accident. But the car was very nice to drive and more
importantly, the tires are working very, very well. I could drive four
stints. I am happy to be back in the top ten and now we go step by step we
Emanuele Pirro (Italy): "The car was really good. In a way it's nice. In
way it's also bitter for me. Without the accident we would have been
really, really good. But the race is still very long and we are running
very good lap times. The race is very, very long and we said we would not
give up and we are not going to give up at all. If everything goes as it
should we should go up to third."
Rod Bymaster, Motorsports Manager, Audi of America: "The ADT Champion R8
got off to an unfortunate incident early in the race which dropped them back
to 41st position. The team has done a magnificent job coming back to 5th
with 14 hours still remaining. With a little good fortune, hopefully we can
get back up to the top three."
FASTEST LAP LAP #
1) Davies J./Herbert J./Smith G. Audi R8 3:36.148
2) Ara S./Capello R./Kristensen T. Audi R8 3:39.199
3) Ayari S./Comas E./Treluyer B. Pescarolo Sport 3:41.285
4) Short M./Barff R./Barbosa J. Dallara Judd
5) Lehto JJ./Werner M./Pirro E. Audi R8 3:36.060