AUDI R8 LMP
2001

AUDI R8 LMP

2001 - 24h Le Mans / #04 - S. Johansson, T. Coronel, P Lemarié

CA33b

In year 2000 Audi launched the R8 LMP model, a car destined to be dominant on all endurance race tracks for several years. For its Le Mans debut, Joest Racing entered the works cars from Ingolstadt in the LMP P 900 class. Competitors consisted mainly of works teams from Cadillac, Panoz Motorsports and  Pescarolo Sport, as well as some other private LMP entries. In year 2001, Audi delivered the previous year’s works R8s to private teams. One of such teams was Johansson Motorsport, a partnership between Stefan Johansson — formerly Audi and Ferrari works driver — and Team Arena Motorsport. The race was won by the works Audi cars. This model in the classic Gulf colours was driven by Stefan Johansson, Patrick Lemarié and Tom Coronel.

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AUDI R8 LMP
2000

AUDI R8 LMP

2000 - 1st Race of a Thousand Years / #77 - R.Capello, A. McNish

CA33a

In year 2000 Audi launched the R8 LMP model, a car destined to be dominant on all endurance race tracks for several years. For its Le Mans debut, Joest Racing entered the works cars from Ingolstadt in the LMP P 900 class. Competitors consisted mainly of works teams from Cadiliac, Panoz Motorsports and Pescarolo Sport, as well as some other private LMP entries. On December 31 st, 2000, the ‘Race of a Thousand Years’, valid for the American Le Mans series, was raced on the Adelaide road circuit. Audi entered a R8 LMP decorated with a special ‘crocodile’ car livery as an homage to Australia. The race lasted 850 km only rather than 1000, and was won by the Audi No.77 driven by Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish.

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AUDI R8 LMP
2000

AUDI R8 LMP

2000 - 24h Le Mans / #07 - M. Alboreto, C. Abt, R. Capello

CA33c

In year 2000 Audi launched the R8 LMP model, a car destined to be dominant on all endurance race tracks for several years. For its Le Mans debut, Joest Racing entered the works cars from Ingolstadt in the LMP P 900 class. Competitors consisted mainly of works teams from Cadiliac, Panoz Motorsports and Pescarolo Sport, as well as some other private LMP entries. Jackie Ickx started the race waving the French flag, and as it was to be expected, the performance of the Audi R8 LMP could not be matched. However, at the end of the first hour and for eight laps the race was surprisingly lead by Panoz’s front engined LMP-1 Roadster S. Eventually, the chequered flag was taken by car No.8 driven by Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, Emanuele Pirro, followed by car No.9 (Aiello, McNish, Ortelli) and car No.7 (Alboreto, Abt, Capello) in second and respectively third place.

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