Monday 8 November 2010

Both Audi cars on the podium at Zhuhai.

Motorsport Newsletter 34/2010

  • Both Audi cars on the podium at Zhuhai
  • KK Performance wins at R8’s debut race
Both Audi cars on the podium at Zhuhai

Audi Sport Team Joest clinched second and third place with its two Audi R15 TDI cars at the 1000-kilometer race at Zhuhai. Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were clearly leading the race before a safety car period destroyed their 30-second advantage. When Kristensen was blocked by the second Peugeot that was actually no longer in contention shortly before the end of the race, the Le Mans record winner lost the lead and possible victory. After five and a half hours merely 4.826 seconds were missing. Dindo Capello and Romain Dumas occupied third place.

KK Performance wins at R8’s debut race

Team KK Performance from Kuala Lumpur won the GTC class with the Audi R8 LMS on the car’s first running at the finale of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Zhuhai (China). Marchy Lee, Alex Yoong and Matthew Marsh occupied twelfth place overall although all three Audi R8 LMS cars had to go into the race with 30 kilograms of additional weight after a strong performance in qualifying. Henri Richard and Allan Lan clinched third place for the United Autosports team. The second United-R8 retired while having the lead.

News bits

As a guest of honor at the truffles fair in his native Canelli (Italy) Audi "factory" driver Dindo Capello will auction truffles for a charity next Sunday ... Frank Biela will contest a 24-hour race for slot cars at the Nürburgring as the title defender next weekend ... On Tuesday, a press conference for the Race of Champions with the two Audi "factory" drivers Mattias Ekström and Tom Kristensen will be held at the ADAC Driving Safety Center Grevenbroich ... Allan McNish will visit the Audi Show Room in Hong Kong on Monday on his return trip from Zhuhai.

Results and points

Zhuhai (CN), November 7, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), round 3
1 Montagny/Sarrazin (Peugeot) 232 laps in 5h 35m 39.053s
2 Kristensen/McNish (Audi R15 TDI) + 4.826s
3 Capello/Dumas (Audi R15 TDI) + 49.302
4 Bourdais/Pagenaud (Peugeot) - 3 laps
5 Nicolet/da Rocha/Lafargue (Pescarolo-Judd) - 26 laps
12 Lee/Yoong/Marsh (Audi R8 LMS) - 40 laps
17 Richard/Li (Audi R8 LMS) - 61 laps
Final standings, LMP1 manufacturers classification:
1 Peugeot 140 points; 2 Audi, 101.

Coming up next week

November 12-13 Belgian GT Championship Zolder (B)
November 12-14 Portuguese GT Championship Portimao (P)

Info and Fotos Audi Motorsport/ Autorized and Acreditated Press Services.

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