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  Archive of Audi R8 Race Reports/News/Photos 2002  

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  ALMS Sears Point    

Getting Ready


16 May, Sears Point Raceway - With the two month layoff after the Sebring 12 Hours finally over, the ADT/Champion Audi R8 racing team is at Sears Point, readying for Friday's 90-minute testing session. Only support events on track today, so plenty of time for the Champion crew to get paddock and pits set up and work on last minute preparations. As has been in the news of late, there are two Champion R8's here at Sears Point - chassis 505, the team's current 2001-spec R8 which will be raced by the Champion crew, and chassis 405, Champion's previous 2000-spec R8, which has been leased to the Joest (Audi factory) Racing team for this event, while their own cars remain in Europe in preparation for Le Mans.

Besides that, factory pilot Tom Kristensen is joining the Champion driving squad for this event, co-driving with Champion regulars Andy Wallace and Johnny Herbert. This was done as a favor to the factory team, which would otherwise have had to choose which of their four drivers (all high in the drivers points standings) might have to sit out this race since they are only running a single car. We last saw Tom K. at the Sebring Michelin Tests in February, when he drove Champion's newly-delivered 2001 R8 over the three day test.

Complicating matters a bit, Johnny Herbert is commuting between Indianapolis and Sonoma this weekend, as he tries to qualify for the Indy 500, and simultaneously meets his regular obligation to the ADT/Champion ALMS effort. Johnny will be present for Friday's testing here in California, and will return to Indianapolis for his qualifying run on Sunday. If all goes according to plan, Herbert will then jet back to Sonoma to compete in Sunday's 2hr45min ALMS race.

Check back here over the course of the weekend to read and see more from this most unusual race meeting....

405 (Champion's 2000 R8) is being campaigned by the Audi factory team at Sears Point
All systems GO for Friday's testing day
Champion Racing welcomes racing veteran Ray Grinke to the team at Sears Point. Ray will look after the R8's electrical systems
Several different sets of dive planes being prepared for the twisty Sears Pt. circuit
A section of Champion's mobile body shop
Robinson cutting sections of Jabrock skid plank
Audi factory team driver Tom Kristensen will co-drive Champion's 2001 R8 this weekend
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