Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, September 3, 2005
Team ADT Champion Racing will start tomorrow's 2:45 minute race from
the second row for the 8th round of the American Le Mans Series race
held this weekend at Mosport International Raceway. Marco Werner
qualified the No. 1 Audi R8 at 1:07.989 seconds and the sister R8 driven
by Frank Biela was just a scant slower coming in fourth position with a
time of 1.08.165 seconds.
Mosport holds the distinction of being the fastest American Le Mans
Series venue along the world-class sports car trail. In August of 2002,
Audi R8 pilot Frank Biela established the qualifying mark of 131.793 mph
in a record setting 1.07.169 seconds. Biela has two wins here while
Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner each have one win. Pirro will not soon
forget Mosport after a grinding last lap crash during the race in 2002 and
a similar incident in 2001.
Champion Racing has yet to win a race on the notorious 2.459-mile, 10
turn road course and even though JJ Lehto won here in 2001 driving a
BMW M3 in the GT class (currently GT2 class) Lehto has yet to win in a
prototype and specifically, an Audi R8.
The Grand Prix of Mosport is set for 3 p.m. EDT Sept. 4 at Mosport
International Raceway, with live coverage on SPEED Channel. Qualifying
is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EDT Saturday.
American Le Mans Radio and IMSA Live Timing & Scoring will be
available at www.americanlemans.com.
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #1
JJ Lehto (Fin)
"This is about what we expected. I would have been surprised if we were
in the front row. Two Dyson cars in the front row and then two Audis. We
are where we are and there is very little difference between the cars
anyway as the four LMP1 cars are less than half a second apart. The car
is not perfect so we will work on that tomorrow but we feel good about our
Marco Werner (D)
"I am happy with the lap time as it was the quickest for us this weekend.
I'm not happy with the position, as it would have been better to be in the
front row between the Dyson cars. James Weaver (Dyson) is in front of
me so that means it will be a hard game at the beginning of the race. The
car is running better and better each time so I am sure it will be fine
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #2
Frank Biela (D)
"I'm not very happy because I gave a little bit away in the beginning. A few
hundredths here, a few hundredths there and at the end I couldn't bring it
all together for a good lap. Whether this would have been enough to beat
Marco, I don't know. But as a driver, when you know you don't get the
maximum amount possible from the car, you are disappointed. Today it
was not about the car, it was about me so that is why I am not very happy."
Emanuele Pirro (I)
"I am quite happy because we are very close to the first three cars. We are
used to starting in fourth position so it doesn't bother me at all. The race
is long and position is more a question of pride than anything. Frank is
happy with the car so I feel optimistic. We have in mind that we don't have
to win the race but we have to look for the Championship. Finishing is
most important to us now."