31 March (Pompano Beach, FL) --
Team ADT Champion Racing’s Emanuele Pirro spent last week preparing for
the 24 Hours of Le Mans sportscar endurance race.
But the 41-year-old Italian was not blasting
the Audi R8 sportscar along a racetrack at speeds of over 200mph.
Instead Pirro, who is aiming to score his fourth consecutive victory in
the annual French event on 14-15 June, was fine-tuning his fitness in
Pirro joined a number of other Audi drivers at
the Red Bull Fitness Camp in Ofterschwang, Bavaria. Every day began with
water gymnastics before breakfast, followed by some tough kilometres
along the cross-country trail to improve stamina.
In the afternoon the drivers tested their
concentration and accuracy with archery, played football, jogged through
the Allgäu mountains and sweated in the weight room. Conquering
Ofterschwang’s Alpine Ski World Cup slope going uphill with snowshoes
closed the fitness week.
“It’s something Audi Sport has organized for
many years and it’s especially good because it gives all of the drivers
the opportunity to compare fitness exercises and for our doctors to give
you a thorough check over,” remarked Emanuele.
“I work out everyday at home and have a
comprehensive gym in my house. I run, row, ski, do kayaking in the
summer and cycle. When you get older you realize just how important it
is to stay fit – concerning stamina and strength for top performance
when racing but also for safety – if you’re unfortunate enough to have
an accident then it’s much better to have a fit body to aid recovery
Pirro, JJ Lehto and Stefan Johansson will drive
the ADT Champion Audi R8 in warm-up trials at Le Mans on 4 May. The trio
led most of the 12 Hours of Sebring race in March before ultimately
Emanuele added: “I noticed that the press at
Sebring made our Champion Audi the favorite to win before the race
started. After what happened, I hope we start as an outsider at Le