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Posted by: Audi AG on April 13th, 2010

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R15 Plus Wins Its Race Debut

  • Audi Sport Team Joest wins Le Mans Series opener
  • Clear victory for Dindo Capello and Allan McNish
  • Important findings for the 24 Hours of Le Mans


image Ingolstadt/Le Castellet – The Audi R15 TDI, model year 2010 (internally labeled “R15 plus”) has won its race début at Le Castellet (France) and in doing so left a strong impression. The technically further developed diesel racing sports car ran the entire distance without the smallest problem during the test race. On the opening lap of the 8-hour race Allan McNish overtook the Peugeot which had started from pole position in the hands of Frenchman Stéphane Sarrazin and on the third lap the Lola-Aston Martin of Stefan Mücke. From then on Allan McNish and teammate Dindo Capello did not relinquish the lead.

Drivers quote:

“For sure it is nice to be back on the highest step of the podium – especially at the début of a new car. What makes me happy is that the changes we have done with the car – even the ones after the warm-up – worked quite well. Our next task is to make the R15 plus more consistent.
wins of new LMP1 cars. We won the race, which for the team and the drivers was very important especially after our difficulties last year. And for the engineers and the drivers it was very good experience for Le Mans. I think we ticked all the boxes and achieved our goals for this one.”

Dindo Capello (Audi R15 TDI #7)

Race results:

  1. Capello/McNish (Audi R15 TDI) 266 laps in 8h 00m 36.415s
  2. Primat/Mücke/Fernandez (Lola-Aston Martin) - 5 laps
  3. Belicchi/Boullion/Smith (Lola-Rebellion) - 5 laps
  4. Panis/Lapierre/Sarrazin (Peugeot) - 8 laps
  5. Ayari/Andre/Duval (Oreca-AIM) - 8 laps
  6. Ragues/Mailleux/Ickx (Lola-Aston Martin) - 10 laps
  7. Leventis/Watts/Kane (Acura/Honda) - 16 laps
  8. Moreau/Gulliaume/Hein (Pescarolo-Judd) - 16 laps
  9. Erdos/Newton/Wallace (Lola-Honda) - 17 laps
  10. Lahaye/Nicolet (Pescarolo-Judd) - 17 laps