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  Archive of Audi R8 Race Reports/News/Photos 2002  

Audi R8  2001  -  2002  -  2003  -  2004  -  2005  -  2006

  ALMS Sebring 12 Hours  



The ADT/Champion Audi R8 racing team arrived at Sebring the Saturday prior to the 12 Hours, for the team's scheduled IMSA Technical Inspection on Saturday morning March 9th. The crew then spent the remainder of the weekend setting up our paddock areas and doing final checks on the race car in preparation for the first of three testing days on Monday the 11th.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw a total of five testing sessions, during which the drivers familiarized themselves with the new car and repaved track, and worked on setting up the ADT/Champion Audi R8 for Qualifying on Thursday. Andy Wallace had previously driven the new R8 (chassis 505) during the Michelin Tests in February after driving Champion's 2000-spec throughout the 2001 ALMS season. Stefan Johansson was getting his first taste of the heavily revised 2001-spec Audi R8 after driving his own 2000-spec R8 in 2001, and Jan Lammers got his first-ever experience behind the wheel of an Audi R8 during the test days.

  Results from Sebring Qualifying:

1 - (#1)   Biela/ Kristinsen/ Pirro Audi R8 Audi Sport North America 1:48.029

2 - (#2)   Capello/ Herbert/ Pescatori Audi R8 Audi Sport North America 1:48.744

3 - (#11) Knight/ Hawkins/ Kane MG Lola EX257 KnightHawk Racing 1:50.543

4 - (#50) Magnussen/ Brabham/ van de Poele Panoz LMP01 Panoz Motor Sports 1:50.617

5 - (#38) Wallace/ Lammers/ Johansson Audi R8 ADT/Champion Racing 1:50.797

Unloading at Sebring - One week till Race Day
Two generations of Audi R8...
ADT/Champion Audi R8 at Tech Inspection
Johnny, Keith and Wires
Stars and Stripes, Sebring, Sunset...
Audi Direct Injection V8 Turbo - a work of art..
Stefan Johansson in early testing at Sebring
Sebring testing - working on setup...looking for speed
Stefan, Andy, Brad and Jan confer during testing
Checking the engine data during practice
Johansson through Turn One
Drivers Lammers and Johansson brainstorming with team owner Dave Maraj after a session
Lammers and Wallace keep close watch on the timing screens
Reflecting colors and glowing brakes during Thursday night practice
Wallace negotiates Turn Ten during Friday morning practice
Lammers, Wallace and Johansson enjoying their work at the driver autograph session
Hundreds of Sebring race fans got their chance to get autographs from all the ALMS drivers
The R8 mechanics thoroughly inspect and prepare every component before the race
Lammers in the race morning warmup...ready to race...
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