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Audi Remains Unbeaten in LM P1 Class of American Le Mans Series

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 04:21 PM

• Audi Sport North America wins Team Championship
• Allan McNish/Dindo Capello miss out on overall victory
• 50th ALMS race for Dindo Capello

In round nine of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the Audi R10 TDI remains unbeaten: Allan McNish (Scotland) and Dindo Capello (Italy) scored an LM P1 category victory ahead of their team mates Marco Werner (Germany) and Emanuele Pirro (Italy) at Mosport (Canada). During almost the entire race, the Audi R10 TDI led outright in front of the lighter LM P2 sports cars. But at the end of the race due to a technical problem, Allan McNish lost the overall victory to Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas (Porsche). With the positions one and two in the LM P1 category, Audi Sport North America clinched the LM P1 Team Championship with three races remaining.

Dindo Capello, who started from pole position, led the "sister” Audi of Emanuele Pirro for a long time in the early stages. Capello, who celebrated his 50th American Le Mans start in Mosport, handed over his leading R10 TDI to team mate Allan McNish after one hour. Following the final pit stop phase, McNish was comfortably in the lead until he fell to second position with five minutes to run due to a gearbox problem he encountered in the final quarter of an hour.

When Marco Werner took over the #2 Audi R10 TDI from Emanuele Pirro after 70mins, he was not able to exit the pits in front of the pace car and lost one lap to the leading cars. Resuming in eighth position, Werner swept back up to fourth position overall and second place in the LM P1 class, shattering the lap record en route.

The tenth round of the American Le Mans Series will take place in Detroit (US state of Michigan) next weekend (31 Aug-1 Sep). It will be the first start for Audi in the "Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix” which takes place for the first time since 2001.

Source: Audi Sport

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