Various Audi Motorsport News

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Fri, 9 Aug 2002 22:51:39 EDT


Just in case you missed it:

HERBERT AND PIRRO TO RACE =E2=80=9CCLASSICS=E2=80=9D AT GOODWOOD

Unusual DKW dominated European saloon car racing in mid-1950s

Former Grand Prix drivers Johnny Herbert and Emanuele Pirro take a break
from racing their 220mph all-conquering Audi R8 sportscars to turn back the
clock at Goodwood=E2=80=99s Revival Meeting next month (6-8 September).

Monaco-based Herbert (38) and Pirro (40), who can boast almost 200 Formula
One GPs spanning 12 years between them, will each drive a DKW =E2=80=9CSond=
erklasse=E2=80=9D

saloon car featuring an engine developing less than one-sixth of the power
their fearsome Audi sportscar delivers.  Walter Schluter won the 1954
European Touring Car Championship driving a DKW.

Brentwood-born Herbert, who also has a home in Oxfordshire, teams-up with
Desmond Smail, from Olney in Buckinghamshire, in a 1957 DKW that is
currently being imported by Audi UK from South Africa.  Meanwhile reigning
American Le Mans Series champion Pirro, who made history two months ago by
claiming his third consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours triumph along with Frank
Biela and Tom Kristensen, will co-drive German Martin Hesse=E2=80=99s DKW. =
 Both
DKWs compete in the 20-lap St Mary=E2=80=99s Trophy saloon car race, a two-=
driver
50-mile event.

Herbert and Pirro must adapt to driving a DKW with a mere three-cylinder,
two-stroke 1,000cc engine barely producing 70bhp.  The Audi R8 features a
3=2E6-litre, twin-turbocharged engine giving 610bhp.  DKW, founded in 1907 =
by
Dane Jorgen Skafte Rasmussen, amalgamated in 1932 with Audi, Horch and
Wanderer, to form Auto Union.  In 1969, NSU joined the =E2=80=9Cfamily=E2=
=80=9D known today
as Audi.

MEANWHILE AUDI DUO PREPARE FOR NEXT AMERICAN RACE

But for now, Herbert and Pirro plus their fellow Audi sportscar drivers,
prepare for the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series at Mosport on
Sunday (18 Aug).  The 2.459-mile Canadian circuit in Canada is one of the
fastest tracks on the ALMS calendar - in stark contrast to the last two
races in Washington and at Trois-Rivi=C3=A8res.

Herbert commented: =E2=80=9CI like Mosport. The Champion Audi was really st=
rong
there last year. We had the chance to win and despite our retirement, I
enjoyed the race tremendously. I hope we can be as fast and finish this time

high in the points.  After all, I have to catch up the other Audi drivers.=
=E2=80=9C

FRANCHITTI TO RACE UNIQUE AUDI IN WORLD CHALLENGE

Marino Franchitti is to follow in fellow Scotsman Allan McNish=E2=80=99s wh=
eeltracks

and drive an Audi in America.  The 24-year-old Broxburn-born driver who
recently moved to Bathgate, West Lothian, will drive a British-designed and
built Audi S4 quattro =E2=80=9CCompetition=E2=80=9D in the SCCA Pro Racing =
SPEED World
Challenge GT Championship.

Franchitti, the younger brother of recent CART race winner Dario, will race
the four-wheel-drive Audi alongside Champion Racing=E2=80=99s regular drive=
rs,
Michael Galati and five-times Le Mans 24 Hour race winner Derek Bell.
Franchitti will contest the final round of the series in Virginia on 25-27
October.

AUDI WELL PLACED TO RETAIN AMERICAN TITLE

Meanwhile Galati continues to lead this year=E2=80=99s SCCA Pro Racing Spee=
d Channel

GT Series after finishing second at Trois-Rivieres in Canada (04 Aug).  The
reigning champion has taken three wins in his Audi S4 quattro =E2=80=9CComp=
etition=E2=80=9D.

Galati enjoys a 24-point lead while Bell, from Pagham, is currently in
seventh place.

ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE TO THE FORE IN SWEDEN TOO

Reigning Swedish Touring Car Champion Roberto Colciago is also on course to
successfully defend his title.  Colciago, who drives a Kristoffersson
Motorsport Audi A4 quattro, currently holds an 18-point lead.

AUDI IN SIGHT OF GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Second place in the latest DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) race at the
N=C3=BCrburgring (04 Aug) allowed Team Abt Sportsline Audi TT-R driver Laur=
ent
Aiello to take another step towards the Driver=E2=80=99s =E2=80=9Ccrown=E2=
=80=9D.  Aiello, who has
won four times and enjoys a 24-point advantage over reigning champion Bernd
Schneider, can claim the title at the A1-Ring in Austria on 8 September.

=E2=80=9CCLUBMAN=E2=80=9D TURNING BACK THE CLOCK IN BRITAIN

Amateur club racer Steve Hirst, from Godalming, Surrey, is also keeping
Audi=E2=80=99s quattro in the winner=E2=80=99s circle - in a seven-year-old=
 car.  The
43-year-old is racing a 1995 Audi Sport built A4 quattro =E2=80=9CSuper Tou=
rer=E2=80=9D in
the Formula Saloon Car Championship.  He recently won at Brands Hatch with a

helping hand from Phil Danbury - a former Audi Sport UK technician who
worked on the 1996 British Touring Car Championship winning Audi A4 quattro
of Frank Biela.


A=2E Wylie Bean
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