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  Archive of Audi R8 Race Reports/News/Photos 2003  

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Champion Racing  - 2003 Sebring

  Tuesday Testing Times Bode Well for Sebring ALMS Opener

The 51st 12 Hours of Sebring meet officially starts tomorrow (WED) with Team ADT Champion Racing in excellent form.

For the second consecutive day, 2001 American Le Mans Series champion Emanuele Pirro topped the time sheets in  preparation for the annual endurance sportscar race.

Pirro set a fastest time of 1min 49.819secs in the Florida team’s 2002-spec Audi R8 the Italian shares with JJ Lehto and Stefan Johansson.

“We experimented with various things today but I’m really happy to have set the fastest time again,” said Emanuele.  “I’m feeling really good in the team.”

Lehto was also setting consistently fast times.  He remarked:  “The track conditions have been changing daily but I’m generally happy with everything.”

Champion Racing’s Technical Director Brad Kettler confirmed:  “This is the first time I’ve worked with Emanuele and JJ but we have already got a good understanding of each other.”
Tuesday times:

1 Pirro (ADT Champion Audi R8), 1min  48.819secs
2 Biela (Canon Team Joest Audi R8), 1:49.824
3 Weaver (Lola-MG), 1:50.823
4 Herbert (Bentley), 1:51.000

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