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  Archive of Audi R8 Race Reports/News/Photos 2003  

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


Champion Racing  - 2003 ALMS Road Atlanta


Race Day Photos Part One - The Race

The ADT/Champion crew make last minute adjustments in the morning warmup
Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto confer during driver change practice prior to the race
Pre-race festivities on the starting grid...
The starting field heads away from the pre-grid to start the warmup laps
The green flag flies at Road Atlanta...
JJ Lehto follows Marco Werner and James Weaver (briefly) as the trio head toward turn one at the start
Lehto pulls off a stunning outside pass on Werner entering turn one...
...and then sets off after the pole-sitting Dyson MG
Lap six, and Lehto takes the race lead from Weaver...the ADT/Champion Audi R8 would lead all remaining laps - but one - in the 2-hour, 45-minute race
JJ Lehto - man on a mission...
Multi-class racing means Lehto must carve through slower traffic with great care
At the first pit stop, Lehto takes fuel only
Johnny Herbert watches the monitors as Lehto builds a 40+ second lead
Second pit stop, this time Lehto hands over to Herbert, who gets a full fuel load and four fresh Michelins...
...less than an hour to run for Herbert...
Johnny Herbert takes the checkered flag - and ADT/Champion Racing's first race win - at Road Atlanta
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