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Le Mans - June 17, 2007



Seventh success for Audi in endurance classic
AUDI AG has continued its impressive series of victories in the Le Mans 24 Hour race in extremely difficult conditions. Frank Biela (Germany), Emanuele Pirro (Italy) and Marco Werner (Germany) repeated their success from last year thus giving Audi their seventh victory in the French endurance classic. For the second consecutive time, the Audi R10 TDI claimed victory. The revolutionary diesel sportscar from Ingolstadt remains unbeaten at Le Mans.

Audi TDI Power dominates again
In the 75th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hour race, Audi again gave an impressive proof of "Vorsprung durch Technik”. The Audi R10 TDI was the fastest and the most reliable car in the field. From the first to the last lap, one of the three diesel sportscars from Ingolstadt headed the field.

More than 260,000 spectators witnessed one of the most exciting 24 Hour races in the history of Le Mans. Changing weather conditions at the beginning claimed the Audi R10 TDI with start number 3 when Mike Rockenfeller left the rain-soaked track on his third lap and collided backwards into the armco barriers.

The impressive showing of Dindo Capello, Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish came to a premature end as well: After having controlled the race with a considerable margin for more than 16 hours, the left rear wheel of their Audi R10 TDI loosened on Sunday morning. Dindo Capello who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Sunday was behind the wheel of the car. He had no chance of avoiding the accident.

Extremely difficult conditions in jubilee race
Thus, during the last five-and-a-half hours, all hopes for Audi were left on the shoulders of the Audi R10 TDI with start number 1 of Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner. Conditions were extremely difficult owing to torrential rain in the final phase of the race, however, the established Audi drivers mastered this task with bravado. The impressive winning margin of Marco Werner over the second-placed Peugeot was ten laps at the finish line.

After its seventh Le Mans triumph, Audi has moved up to third place in the historic records during the 75th edition of the French endurance classic. Only Porsche and Ferrari have won at Le Mans more often than Audi.

"This was certainly the most difficult race that we have ever contested at Le Mans”, said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG after the finish. "So this victory counts even more. On the race track, we have shown once more that we have the best technology, the best drivers and the best team. Everybody within Audi can be proud of this success.”

Quotes after the race at Le Mans

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
"I think this was the most difficult race we ever did at Le Mans – even more difficult than the rain-soaked race in 2001. This was topped this time due to the strong competition, the many incidents and the rain in the final hours. We managed to get one car to the finish in these difficult circumstances winning against strong competitors. This was a fantastic achievement of the whole team. We wanted to prove that we have the best technology with Audi TDI Power, the best drivers and the best teams. We achieved that. This triumph shows one more time the meaning of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’.”

Frank Biela (Audi R10 TDI #1)
"You realize a Le Mans victory only a couple of days later because you have so much stress and pressure during this race. Of course you wish that everything goes well but you can’t plan it. Something can happen anytime. To have the luck of being on the top of the podium for the fifth time is simply great. The key to success has been to attack at the right time and to be on the safe side at the right time. The pit crew has done a great job. We always had the right tyres on our car. This victory was achieved by the entire team.”

Emanuele Pirro (Audi R10 TDI #1)
"Le Mans was simply incredible this year. The two other Audis had really bad luck. They could not finish the race. After that we had enormous pressure. Behind us were the Peugeots and we had to fight hard. The last nine hours have been especially difficult. It was a tough race with some rain at the beginning which made the tyre choice complicated and heavy rain at the end. I dedicate this victory to the mechanics of all three cars. There was a great battle with Peugeot. To beat such a competitor makes our victory even sweeter. Personally I’m on the podium with Audi at Le Mans for the ninth time in a row – this is great!”

Marco Werner (Audi R10 TDI #1)
"Of course it is a great feeling to win but tomorrow for sure I will feel even better because there was gigantic pressure on our shoulders until the very end of the race. In the closing stages this Le Mans 24 Hours was more like a boat race. It was incredible that the race went green again under these conditions. I was more than relieved when I had crossed the finish line.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest)
"This has been a hell of a race and extremely exciting. The weather ended like it started. Fortunately there has been a long dry period in between. I see the result with two crying and one laughing eye: It’s a shame we lost two cars due to accidents. Especially the number two car showed a great performance. But of course the most important thing is that an Audi has won. We have been fighting with a big competitor and were not sure before how the balance of power would be. The race proved that Audi and Joest are a strong combination at Le Mans. And we showed that we can always up the ante in the race. This has been never become clearer than this weekend. We also proved that we can fight. A big compliment to the whole squad: Everything worked out perfectly. I’m proud of the whole team.”



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Pos No Cl Pn Team Pilotes Veh

Tours

1 1 LMP1 M Audi Sport North America BIELA F/PIRRO E/WERNER M Audi R10 TDI

369

2 8 LMP1 M Team Peugeot Total LAMY P/SARRAZIN S/BOURDAIS S Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP

359 10 T

3 16 LMP1 M Pescarolo Sport COLLARD E/BOULLION JC/DUMAS R Pescarolo Judd

358 11 T

4 18 LMP1 D Rollcentre Racing BARBOSA J/HALL S/SHORT M Pescarolo Judd

347 22 T

5 15 LMP1 M Charouz Racing CHAROUZ J/MUCKE S/YOONG A Lola B07/17 Judd

338 31 T

6 17 LMP1 M Pescarolo Sport PRIMAT H/TINSEAU C/TRELUYER B Pescarolo Judd

325 44 T

7 19 LMP1 M Chamberlain Synergy EVANS G/BERRIDGE B/OWEN P Lola B06/10 AER

310 59 T

8 14 LMP1 M Racing For Holland LAMMERS J/HART D/BLEEKEMOLEN J Dome S101.5 Judd

305 64 T

9 12 LMP1 M Courage Competition FREI A/COCHET J/BESSON B Courage LC70 AER

305 +3:46.578


1 31 LMP2 K Binnie Motorsports BINNIE B/TIMPANY A/BUNCOMBE C Lola B05/40 Zytek

318

2 33 LMP2 M Barazi Epsilon FERNANDEZ A/KUROZAWA H/KERR R Zytek 07S/2

301 17 T


1 009 LMGT1 M Aston Martin Racing BRABHAM D/RYDELL R/TURNER D Aston Martin DBR9

343

2 63 LMGT1 M Corvette Racing O'CONNELL J/MAGNUSSEN J/FELLOWS R Corvette C6R

342 1 T

3 008 LMGT1 M AMR Larbre Comp. BOUCHUT C/GOLLIN F/ELGAARD C Aston Martin DBR9

341 2 T

4 007 LMGT1 M Aston Martin Racing ENGE T/HERBERT J/KOX P Aston Martin DBR9

337 6 T

5 54 LMGT1 M Team Oreca GROPPI L/PROST N/BELLOC J-P Saleen S7R

337 + 5:47.453

6 100 LMGT1 P AMR BMS BABINI F/DAVIES J/MALUCELLI M Aston Martin DBR9

336 7 T

7 72 LMGT1 M Alphand Aventures POLICAND J/GOUESLARD P/ALPHAND L Corvette C6.R

327 16 T

8 67 LMGT1 P Convers Menx Team VASILIEV A/KOSTKA T/PERGL R Ferrari 550 Maranello

322 21 T

9 55 LMGT1 M Team Oreca ORTELLI S/AYARI S/LAPIERRE N Saleen S7-R

318 25 T

10 59 LMGT1 M Team Modena GARCIA A/MENTEN J/FITTIPALDI C Aston Martin DBR9

318 + 1:11.406

11 73 LMGT1 M Alphand Aventures BLANCHEMAIN J-L/VOSSE V/ANDRE D Corvette C5-R

306 37 T

12 70 LMGT1 P PSI Experience SMET D/GOSSELIN CY/PETER Ph Corvette C6R

289 54 T

13 006 LMGT1 M AMR LaComp. BORNHAUSER P/BERVILLE R/FISKEN G Aston Martin DBR9

272 71 T


1 76 LMGT2 M Imsa Performance NARAC R/LIETZ R/LONG P Porsche 997 GT3 RSR

320

2 99 LMGT2 M Risi Competizione KROHN T/JONSSON N/BRAUN C Ferrari F430 GT

314 6 T

3 93 LMGT2 P Autorlando Sport SIMONSEN A/NIELSEN L.E./EHRET P Porsche 997 GT3 RSR

309 11 T

4 78 LMGT2 P AF Corse MACARI J/AUCOTT B/NEWEY A Ferrari F430 GT

308 12 T

5 82 LMGT2 P Team LNT TOMLINSON L/DEAN R/BELL R Panoz Esperante

308 +1:19.071


dnf

7 LMP1 M Team Peugeot Total GENE M/MINASSIAN N/VILLENEUVE J Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP

338 205

2 LMP1 M Audi Sport North America CAPELLO R/KRISTENSEN T/McNISH A Audi R10 TDI

262 215

32 LMP2 M Barazi Epsilon BARAZI J/VERGERS M/OJJEH K Zytek 07S/2

252 180

83 LMGT2 P GPC Sport VILLAROEL J./ROSENBLAD C./MARSH M. Ferrari F430 GT

252 165

25 LMP2 M RML ERDOS T/NEWTON M/WALLACE A MG Lola EX264 AER

251 180

87 LMGT2 P Scuderia Ecosse NIARCHOS C/KIRKALDY A/MULLEN T Ferrari F430 GT

241 185

35 LMP2 M Saulnier Racing NICOLET J/FILHOL A/JOUANNY B Courage LC75 AER

224 164

97 LMGT2 M Risi Competizione SALO M/MELO J/MOWLEM J Ferrari F430 GT

223 171

24 LMP2 M Noel Del Bello PETROV V/HALLIDAY L/IANETTA R Courage LC75 AER

198 153

13 LMP1 M Courage GOUNON J-M/MOREAU G/JOHANSSON ST Courage LC70 AER

175 171

85 LMGT2 M Spyker Squadron BELICCHI A/CAFFI A/CHIESA A Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R

145 173

40 LMP2 D Quifel ASM Team AMARAL M/DE CASTRO MA/HUGHES W Lola B05/40 AER

137 166

20 LMP2 M Pierre Bruneau ROSTAN M/PICKERING G/MACALLISTER CH Pilbeam MP93 Judd

126 134

80 LMGT2 M FLM van OVERBEEK J/BERGMEISTER J/NEIMAN S Porsche 997 GT3 RSR

124 177

44 LMP2 K Kruse Motorsport BURGESS T/DE POURTALES J/SIEDLER N Pescarolo Judd

98 143

86 LMGT2 M Spyker Squadron JANIS J/HEZEMANS M/KANE J Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R

70 175

71 LMGT2 Y Seikel MCOLLIN P/FELBERMAYR H/FELBERMAYR H Jr Porsche 997 GT3 RSR

68 169

5 LMP1 M Swiss Spirit DELETRAZ J-D/FASSLER M/ALEXANDER I Lola Audi B07/10

62 95

81 LMGT2 P Team LNT KIMBER-SMITH T/WATTS D/MILNER T Panoz Esperante

60 151

29 LMP2 M T2M Motorsport LONGECHAL R/YAMAGISHI Y/TERADA Y Dome Mader S101-5

56 141

9 LMP1 D Creation CAMPBELL-WALTER J/ORTIZ F/NAKANO S Creation Judd CA07

55 105

3 LMP1 M Audi Sport Team Joest LUHR L/PREMAT A/ROCKENFELLER M Audi R10 TDI

23 205

64 LMGT1 M Corvette Racing BERETTA O/GAVIN O/PAPIS M Corvette C6R

22 188

21 LMP2 D Bruichladdich Radical GREAVES T/MOSELEY S/LIDDELL R Radical SR9 AER

16 195

53 LMGT1 Y JLOC Isao Noritake /YOGO A/YAMANISHI K Lamborghini Murcielago

1 158