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Elkhart Lake, August 24, 2003

Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto gave Audi their 30th overall win in an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race. At Road America, the two former Formula 1 drivers scored their second victory of the season with Team ADT Champion Racing’s Audi R8. Frank Biela and Marco Werner finished third in the LMP900 class after changing the starter motor of their Infineon Team Joest Audi R8. Biela/Werner are still the ALMS Championship leaders.

The race at a glance

Weather
dry, warm
- Starting positions: 1 #1 Werner; 3 #38 Herbert
Start
#1 Werner drops to second behind #16 Leitzinger,
#38 Herbert third
Lap 7
#1 Werner takes lead from #16 Leitzinger
Lap 8
#38 Herbert also passed #16 Leitzinger, Audi 1-2 lead
Lap 28
#1 Werner and #38 Herbert into the pits for the first scheduled stop at the same time. Engine of #1 Werner does not restart, starter motor needs to be changed, seven laps lost. During repairs, Werner hands over to Biela, fuel, tyres.
#38 Herbert new leader
Lap 34
Safety Car
#1 Biela rejoins the race in 30th position (6th in LMP 900), seven laps down
Lap 36
#38 Herbert hands over to Lehto, fuel, tyres
Lap 37
Restart
Lap 49
#1 Biela moves to third in the LMP900 class
Lap 65
#38 Lehto and #1 Biela refuel
Finish
#38 Herbert/Lehto take their second victory of the season,
#1 Biela/Werner 7th overall (third in LMP900 class)

Fifth overall ALMS victory of the season for Audi
30th overall ALMS victory for Audi
2nd ALMS victory for Champion Racing, 8th for JJ Lehto, 3rd for Johnny Herbert

Results

1

J.Herbert/J.Lehto Audi 79  laps

2.

C.Dyson/A.Wallace MG Lola - 1 laps

3.

O.Beretta/D.Saelens Panoz - 1 laps

4.

J.Magnussen/D.Brabham Ferrari 550 - 4 laps

5.

S.Fellows/J.O´Connell Chevrolet - 4 laps

6.

T.Enge/P.Kox Ferrari 550 - 5 laps

7.

F.Biela/M.Werner Audi - 6 laps

8.

E.Naspetti/D.Schiattarella Ferrari 550 - 6 laps

9.

O.Gavin/K.Collins Chevrolet - 6 laps

10.

G.Jeannette/B.Leuenberger Panoz - 6 laps

11.

F.Konrad/Neuhaus/Kaufmann Saleen - 6 laps

12.

C.Field/R.Sutherland R&S-Elan - 7 laps

13.

J.Mowlem/M.Petersen/C.Stanton Porsche - 7 laps

14.

M.Lewis/T.Drissi/G.Cosmo R&S-Lincoln - 8 laps

15.

K.Buckler/C.Wagner Porsche - 8 laps

16.

A.Lally/S.Pumpelly/S.Ivankovich Porsche - 8 laps

17.

L.Luhr/S.Maassen Porsche - 8 laps

18.

M.Schrom/P.Ehret Porsche - 9 laps

19.

J.Lloyd/P.Collin Porsche - 9 laps

20.

C.Gleason/M.Bunting Porsche - 9 laps

21.

S.Lewis/T.Borcheller Ferrari 360 - 10 laps

22.

J.Jackson/D.Murry Porsche - 10 laps

23.

V.Rice/P.Masarati Porsche - 10 laps

24.

J.Policastro/J.Policastro/Hindery Porsche - 11 laps

25.

J.Workman/J.Gue Lola-Millington - 11 laps

26.

J.Downing/H.Katz WR-Mazda - 12 laps

27.

T.Weickardt/J.Ellis Dodge - 15 laps

28.

J.Field/D.Dayton MG Lola - 19 laps

29.

J.Bucknum/B.Willman/C.McMurry Pilbeam - 20 laps

30.

R.Kelleners/A.Lazzaro Ferrari 360 - 22 laps

31.

T.Bernhard/J.Bergmeister Porsche - 22 laps

32.

R.Liddell/A.Davison Porsche - 28 laps

33.

M.Lieb/P.Baron Porsche - 42 laps

34.

P.Shearer/P.Kutemann Ferrari 360 - 53 laps

35.

S.Gregoire/E.Salazar/I.Alexander Ferrari 360 - 53 laps

36.

J.Weaver/B.Leitzinger MG Lola - 71 laps

37.

J.Altenburg/J.Belloc Chrysler dns




Drivers

1 Frank Biela

Audi 115

1 Marco Werner

Audi 115

3 JJ Lehto

Audi 104

4 Johnny Herbert

Audi 101

5 Olivier Beretta

Panoz 76

6 Gunnar Jeannette

Panoz 60

7 David Saelens

Panoz 50

8 Didier Theys

Dallara-MG 36

9 Scott Maxwell

Panoz 35

10 Clint Field

R&S-Elan 28


Chassis Manufacturers

1 Audi

126

2 Panoz

79

3 Dallara

36

4 Riley & Scott

30

5 Lola

27

6 Bentley

19


Quotes

Johnny Herbert (Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 #38)
“The pace of the car was very good. We made some good changes to the car since Mosport. It was important for us to win here, and thank God we have. We knew it would be close with the fuel, so I just stayed close to Marco (Werner) at the beginning of the race to save as much fuel as possible. I managed to do that. And after Joest had their problem, the race obviously was much easier for us.“

Frank Biela (Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 #1)
“It’s a pity that the starter motor let us down. Marco did a great job during his stint. The car was great and had the potential to win the race. We had the fastest car today, also proved by my fastest race lap, but some bad luck. After changing the starter motor, I was able to do constantly fast lap times, despite always being on the safe side in traffic.”

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Sport)
“Congratulations to both Audi teams. Champion did a faultless race and deserved the victory. Team Joest did a great job in the pits after the failure of the starter motor and showed a great fight back. The battle between our two customer teams remains exciting. But also MG Lola and Panoz were very competitive – especially in the early stages of the race, which was really exciting.”

The field begins to roll off the grid to start
The Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello s/n 113136 of David Brabham and Jan Magnussen won the GTS class (4th OA)
The #31 Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RS scored its first win
The #38 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 driven by JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert won
ALMS cars come to the green flag in Road America 500 in Elkhart Lake
The Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG took its second straight LMP 675 class win and overall runner-up finish
The Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 fell out of contention due to a broken starter
JJ Lehto crosses the finish line as winner
Podium in Road America
JJ Lehto, Champion team owner Dave Maraj, Johnny Herbert (from left)
Marco Werner in the pits
Marco Werner in the pits