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  ALMS Mosport  

Practice and Qualifying


Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (17 August) -- 

Johnny Herbert set the team's fastest time of the Mosport weekend in the closing minutes of official qualifying to put the ADT/Champion Audi R8 third on the starting grid for Sunday's two-hour, 45-minute American Le Mans Series race. Frank Biela put Joest Racing's Audi R8 on Pole with a new track record, while his team-mate Rinaldo
Capello set the second-fastest time, putting Audi's 1-2-3 on the starting grid.


Comments after Qualifying:

Johnny Herbert: "It took a long time for the tires to come up to temperature, I did ten laps before I felt like I had the grip to try and put in a fast time. We have been fighting a lack of front grip all day, so it is easy to overdrive the car, so I just worked up to the fast time slowly. It is nice to be in front of the Cadillacs especially after they did two days of testing here."

Stefan Johansson: "Johnny did a good job to put the car in the second row. We have been struggling in the high and medium speed corners, at Mosport that really affects lap times. I hope that Johnny’s time means that we are going in the right direction because we have been working on the aerodynamic grip. We have some changes to try in the warm-up to make the car even better for the race."

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport: "As far as Johnny Herbert is concerned, we were joking whether he goes for a long run. The effort was worth it - only on lap 13 Johnny pushed himself to position three."

  Top Times from Mosport Qualifying:

1 - Pirro/Biela (Infineon Audi R8) 1m 07.169s

2 - Capello/Kristensen (Infineon Audi R8) 1m 07.720s

3 - Herbert/Johansson (Audi R8) 1m 08.366s

4 - Lehto/Angelelli (Cadillac) 1m 08.483s

5 - Bernard/Collard (Cadillac) 1m 08.822s

6 - Magnussen/Brabham (Panoz) 1m 09.213s
The daily ritual. First the Audi FSI Turbo V8 is pre-warmed, then started and run through a series of tests, including going through all gear changes
Stefan Johansson is first out on Saturday morning, here diving through the ultra-fast Turn One
Bobby Green makes front suspension changes during morning practice
Jerome and Beal fuel the R8 before Herbert returns to the fray during morning practice
Stefan Johansson at Turn Three during Saturday's second practice
Johnny lights up Turn Four during second practice
Phil finish sands the repaired rear bodywork damaged at Trois-Rivieres
The ALMS autograph sessions are always heavily attended by the fans. Meanwhile, Johnny Herbert and Tom Kristensen amuse Stefan Johansson by telling us which of them is more famous...
Herbert at Mosport's famous Moss Corner, on his way to setting third-fastest time of Qualifying
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