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Re: The rest of the Audi/Auto Union photos are up...

In a message dated 9/3/99 2:50:51 PM Pacific Daylight Time, ti@amb.org writes:

<< Albert Ng writes:
 > Man, it's sure exciting already by looking at those pics....
 > I wonder which Audi racer won the race on that day? did the
 > Trans-Am 200q or the IMSA-GTO 90 beat the R8R? 
 It was only demo runs, they weren't actually racing against each other.
 96 A4 2.8 quattro
 84 5000S 2.1 turbo
 80 4000 2.0 >>

Ti is correct, only demo runs. Had it been a real race though...a contest 
between the IMSA GTO car and the R8R would be interesting. One would have to 
assume that the aerodynamic downforce of the R8R would give it the edge, but 
the IMSA GTO car definately has the more powerful engine.

When the GTO car ran, IMSA's "real GTP" cars were in their heyday. The GT 
cars of today, including the R8R, pale in comparison thanks to new rules. 
Even back then though I recall a "lowly GTO car" winning against the big GTP 
cars in an endurance event (Daytona or Sebring...). The most memorable run I 
recall was when Hans Stuck took pole over Jean Alesi in a Ferrari F-40 in 
October 1989 (just a couple days before the earthquake...)

I must say it was quite a rush though standing at the trackside wall as 
Michele Alboreto plunged that R8R down through the corkscrew. I shot those 
corkscrew shots with my zoom backed off almost to it's widest setting of 60mm 
and was still filling the frame. Whatta weekend...can't we do it all over 
again??? Please????

Mike Veglia
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