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Monterey, September 7, 2003

Frank Biela and Marco Werner drove their Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 to victory in round seven of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), allowing Audi to prematurely clinch the ALMS Manufacturers’ Championship title. After 2000, 2001 and 2002 Audi have won this title with the R8 already for the fourth consecutive time. Biela/Werner were leading 115 of the 120 laps at Laguna Seca. Team ADT Champion Racing’s Audi R8 was second in the opening stages of the race. A cautionary change of the car’s rear section dropped Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto to 24th position. They were able to fight their way back to fourth.

The race at a glance

Weather
dry, warm

Starting positions
1 #1 Biela
3 #38 Herbert

Start
#1 Biela takes lead
#38 Herbert moves to second

Lap 2
Safety Car

Lap 4 Restart

Lap 12
#38 Herbert drops to third behind
#16 Weaver when a fuse comes lose in the cockpit

Lap 39
#38 Herbert has rear section changed, eight minutes lost
#38 Lehto rejoins in 24th position, seven laps down (5th in LMP900 class)

Lap 50
#1 Biela in the pits, tyres, fuel, driver change
#1 Werner rejoins in second position

Lap 55
#1 Werner takes the lead when #16 Weaver stops for fuel

Lap 76
#1 Werner refuels, stays in the lead

Lap 87
#38 Lehto in the pits, front tyres, fuel

Finish
Victory for #1 Biela/Werner
#38 Herbert/Lehto fight back to fourth overall, third in the LMP900 class
Audi prematurely clinches ALMS Manufacturers’ Championship

Results

1

Biela/Werner Audi R8 120 laps

2

Weaver/Leitzinger MG Lola + 1: 22.283s

3

Beretta/Saelens Panoz - 2 laps

4

Herbert/Lehto Audi R8 - 5 laps

5

Kox/Enge Ferrari - 7 laps

6

Lewis/Drissi R&S-Lincoln - 7 laps

7

Magnussen/Brabham Ferrari - 7 laps

8

Field/Sutherland R&S-Elan - 8 laps

9

Fellows/O’Connell Chevrolet - 9 laps

10

Gavin/Collins Chevrolet - 9 laps



Drivers

1 Frank Biela

Audi 102

1 Marco Werner

Audi 102

3 JJ Lehto

Audi 84

4 Johnny Herbert

Audi 81

5 Olivier Beretta

Panoz 60

6 Gunnar Jeannette

Panoz 50

7 Didier Theys

Dallara-MG 36

8 Scott Maxwell

Panoz 35

9 David Saelens

Panoz 34

10 Philipp Peter

Audi 26


Chassis Manufacturers

1 Audi

106

2 Panoz

63

3 Dallara

36

4 Lola

27

5 Riley & Scott

22

6 Bentley

19
Quotes

Frank Biela (Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 #1)
 “This has been a perfect weekend. Thanks to the advantage we now have, it looks quite good for us in the championship. We had a superb car here from the very beginning. The race went perfectly. It was a nice feeling to set the pace. I was able to pull away from the competitors, even before they ran into trouble. It was a shame, because it took the air out of the race. But of course it feels not too bad if the pressure from behind suddenly ceases.”

Johnny Herbert (Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 #38)
“I lost second place when a circuit breaker popped out – a problem connected to our electrical warm-up problem earlier in the day. I couldn’t see the breaker box and had to reach down inside the cockpit and push it back in to place by feel but I’d dropped to third place by then. Shortly before the hour mark the gearbox started making a very odd noise. It wasn’t affecting the performance but the team felt it wise to change the gearbox.“

The podium at Laguna Seca
Marco Werner celebrates his victory
Team Joest celebrates the victory
Team Joest during a pit-stop
Johnny Herbert in the Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8
Marco Werner in the Team Joest Audi R8
Johnny Herbert in the Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8
Frank Biela ahead of Johnny Herbert
Team Joest prior to the start