Four races in only five weeks – both Audi customer teams, Infineon Team Joest and ADT Champion Racing are currently completing a marathon programme in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). After the two previous races were already held within a single week, the next double header looms up in the “hot summer” of the ALMS: The sports car series makes a guest appearance at the former Canadian Grand Prix track in Mosport close to Toronto on 17 August. The “Road America 500”, in the US state of Wisconsin, is held on the following Sunday.
The two circuits of Mosport and Road America located in hilly countryside are among the most beautiful and fastest tracks of the American Le Mans Series. Up till now, Infineon Team Joest remains unbeaten with the Audi R8 at both circuits. Joest Racing, the overall championship leaders, has, however, mixed memories of Mosport: The team won three times in succession, but lost the second car on each occasion in the race due to accidents. “It is very tricky in traffic because of the high speeds,” knows Audi diver Frank Biela, who won at Mosport in 2001. “You have hardly any grip at all off line.”
Biela and team colleague Marco Werner arrive in Mosport with an eight-point advantage over JJ Lehto (Champion Audi), whose team partner Johnny Herbert lies a further three points behind. “If we still want to have a chance to win the title, then we absolutely have to win in Mosport,” believes JJ Lehto. “A Joest Audi has won three times in a row at Mosport – we want to end this run.”
Nevertheless, not only the increasingly hard duel between both the Audi customer teams promises suspense. “The lighter MG Lola will again be very competitive in Mosport,” predicted Ralf Jüttner, Infineon Team Joest Technical Director. “It will definitely be an interesting tussle with Champion and the MG Lola,“ added Marco Werner.
Coming up this week
Frank Biela and Marco Werner are guests at the “Audi Stars and Cars Party” at the Canadian Audi dealer Owasco in Whitby … Fifth round of the American Le Mans Series at Mosport (Sunday) …
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