Laguna Seca!

John Cassidy jcassidy at
Tue Oct 21 13:37:19 PDT 2008

Not surprising one of the leading R10s had an incident with a back
marker in GT.  Those cars are soooo much faster than GTs.  The closing
and overtaking speeds were amazing.  The R10s would pass the Corvettes
through the corkscrew like they were standing still!



From: LL - NY [mailto:larrycleung at] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 2:12 PM
To: John Cassidy
Cc: quattro at
Subject: Re: Laguna Seca!


Watching the R10's at Lime Rock did make it quite apparent how much
torque they had. Coming off of corners such as Big Bend, they pulled so
hard that they alone were hard to photograph, and they'd visibly gap
anything that was near. Unfortunately, the tightness of Lime Rock made
it difficult for them to get anywhere, and the lead P1 R10 ultimately
had an incident (it was with a GT backmarker, but apparently the R10
driver was at fault), thus Audi did not emerge victorious in that event.

On 10/21/08, John Cassidy <jcassidy at> wrote:

So, camping out in the parking lot at Laguna Seca Sports Car
Championships last weekend, I was delightfully surprised to see a brace
of Audi street cars doing VIP parade laps.  Beautiful cars and lucky
bastiges driving them!!  Was that some sort of club deal?  We had to
steal a golf cart in the middle of the night to get on the course!  BTW,
the governor on a golf cart is not sufficient to keep speeds sane enough
to negotiate the Rainey turn in a sensible manner, at least in a cart.
Probably ought to have a little more air in the tires for that!  After
all, Patron was a big sponsor of the event...

Congrats to Werner and Luhr on the overall race win and championship!
What was really interesting was how fast the P2 Acuras were.  The Tony
Kanaan/Montagny car was always inches behind if not ahead right to the
very end, with the Porsche Spyders soldiering on third.  The closeness
of the Acuras made me wonder if the R10s were sandbagging a little bit.
They never had much trouble overtaking for the lead, but didn't pull out
any gap either, after 4.5 hours (with 12 cautions).  Finally, it is
amazing just how quiet those diesels really are!

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