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Francorchamps, August 31, 2003

At its first competitive outing in the FIA Sportscar Championship, the Audi R8 has etched its name into winners list of yet another motorsport classic: Seiji Ara and Tom Kristensen won the 1000 kilometre race at Spa-Francorchamps, which was being held for the first time since 1988, with the Audi R8 of Japanese Team Goh. After 144 laps, Ara/Kristensen had a four-lap advantage over the Courage-Peugeot of the Frenchmen Stéphane Sarrazin and Franck Lagorce.

On a partially wet track, Kristensen put the R8, running under the “Audi Team Goh For Belgium” banner, commandingly on pole position. During the opening hour of the endurance classic, run under changeable weather and in part extremely difficult track conditions, the five-time Le Mans winner delivered an exiting duel with the DBA-Zytek of Andy Wallace. The lead changed hands regularly, before Kristensen and Ara gradually left the rest of the field behind them and eventually won convincingly.

With the victory in Spa, Kristensen achieved a perfect comeback at the wheel of the same Audi R8, with which the Dane had won the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) last year. For the Japanese driver Seiji Ara it was his first triumph with the Audi R8, as it was for the team headed by Kazumichi Goh.

“My first victory at Spa means a lot to me,” said Kristensen. “The 1000 kilometre race has a great tradition, and hopefully a great future. Spa is a fabulous race track, which was fantastic to drive with the Audi R8.” The Spa 1000 kilometres should be part of the new LMES next year.

Pos Drivers

Car Laps

1 Ara/Kristensen

Audi R8 144 laps

2 Sarrazin/Lagorce

Courage-Peugeot - 4 laps

3 Gabbiani/Ortiz

Dome-Judd - 6 laps

4 Keen/Oberto/Lavaggi

Lola-Judd - 6 laps

5 Peroni/Savoldi/Filippo

Lucchini - 15 laps
Tom Kristensen leads the pack up the hill on lap 1
Prototypes and GTs were mixed for the Spa 1000KMS
Very happy Tom Kristensen and Audi Team Goh