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Champion Racing -  Le Mans
  Champion Racing Prepares for Pre-Le Mans Testing  

With the Le Mans pretests set for 6 May, Champion Racing has been busy packing up our race equipment for shipment to France. A smaller, European-spec transporter has been added to our fleet for the overseas trip, and you see it below. Dave Schnorr has decorated the bright red truck with standard Champion graphics, and the fully loaded truck is already on its way to France by sea transport. Also shown below are two photos showing some of the details of our Le Mans R8.

As announced back at our R8 Press Launch, Champion will join as part of the Audi factory assault on this year's 24 Hours. At the New York Auto Show our final Le Mans driver lineup was announced, which will consist of Ralf Kelleners, Johnny Herbert and Didier Theys, all of whom have significant Le Mans experience. Theys was also part of the first Audi attempt at Le Mans in 1999, in one of the closed-cockpit cars. Herbert is a previous Le Mans overall winner, in the Mazda prototype which took the win in 1991.

The tentative schedule for the Testing week (all times Central European Time)

  Friday, May 4th

10h00 - 18h00 testing scrutineering

Saturday, May 5th

09h00 - 15h00 testing scrutineering all day pits walkabout

Sunday, May 6th

09h00 - 13h00 preliminary session 1

14h00 - 18h00 preliminary session 2
  Loading the LM truck at our shop The loading begins R8 graphic nearing completion Champion R8 carries No.3 at Le Mans  
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