POMPANO BEACH, FL. (October 12, 2005) - Although
Team ADT Champion Racing drivers Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro wrapped
up the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Drivers' Championship with a race
to spare after winning at Petit Le Mans, and only a small miracle can
prevent Audi from winning its sixth consecutive Manufacturers'
Championship, the season finale at Laguna Seca promises to be a real
thriller. For the first time ever the Audi R8, the most successful Le
Mans Prototype ever, comes face to face with the new Porsche RS Spyder.
The factory Porsche is the first car to be purpose built and developed
by an automobile manufacturer to suit the new Sports Prototype
Because it competes in the LMP2 class it is allowed to weigh 150
kilograms less than the multiple winning Audi R8 (class LMP1), which has
won 61 of its 74 races to date. In return, the Turbo FSI engine
propelling the R8 has approximately 70 hp more power - and is still the
only racing engine with direct fuel injection.
The two Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 prototypes must not only
overcome the very real threat from the new Porsche, but the Dyson team's
two Lolas and the British Zytek prototype are regarded as possible
winners at the demanding circuit close to Monterey. The Audi R8 remains
unbeaten at Laguna Seca since its first race there in the 2000 season.
In spite of the strong competition Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro (Audi R8
No. 2) and JJ Lehto/Marco Werner (Audi R8 No. 1) will do everything in
their powers to ensure that it remains just so.
Lehto/Werner are three points behind Lola driver Chris Dyson going into
the finale and have a great chance of taking the runner-up spot in the
championship. Audi only needs a single point to take the Manufacturers'
The final round of the 2005 American Le Mans Series is the Monterey
Sports Car Championships on October 15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in
Monterey, California. The race is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. PDT October
15, with SPEED TV broadcasting the race from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT
October 16. Qualifying scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PDT October 14. American
Le Mans Radio and IMSA Live Timing and Scoring will be available at
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #1
JJ Lehto (Fin). Age: 39. Born: Espoo, Finland. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"Last year we lost a near certain victory at Laguna Seca when there was
some confusion in the closing stages because of a full course yellow. As
we've had such a long run of bad luck this year, it would be fantastic
to finish the season with a win. I love this circuit and look forward to
four exciting hours."
Marco Werner (D). Age: 38. Born: Dortmund, Germany. Lives: Ermatingen,
"The new Porsche is a complete unknown. There were a few lap times on
the grape vine after it broke cover at Road Atlanta, but nobody really
knows just where it will end up. It'll be really interesting to see just
how fast a well prepared LM P2 car is and whether it can be a danger to
us. However, I assume that our trusty old Audi R8 will at least have an
advantage over the four hour distance. JJ and I will definitely be
gunning for victory.
It's about time that our run of bad luck finally came to an end."
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #2
Frank Biela (D). Age: 40. Born: Neuss, Germany. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"It will be a great race for Emanuele and I, as we already have the
championship in the bank. That means the pressure is off and we can race
with no holds barred. It should be big fun, especially since Laguna Seca
is such a fantastic circuit on which I've always loved to drive. Just
how strong the new Porsche is will be revealed. It is definitely a big
plus for the American Le Mans Series and the whole sportscar scene."
Emanuele Pirro (It). Age: 43. Born: Rome, Italy. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"I'm absolutely delighted that we were able to secure the ALMS title at
the penultimate round of the season. In 2000, I won the Audi R8
prototype's very first race together with Frank (Biela) and Tom (Kristensen)
at Sebring - and now, quite probably, the R8 prototype's last
championship title. It would be fantastic if we could crown our
championship victory with another race win at the finale."