Facts and quotes by the Audi drivers

Timo Bernhard (30/D), Audi R18 TDI #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

  • Was class winner at Road Atlanta in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007
  • Most recently finished as the runner-up with Marcel Fassler at Silverstone

"At Silverstone we saw how tight the situation can be in the end. That gave the whole team another boost. Our performance is right, we're in contention for victory, and in the UK we had the lead several times. After my class victories at Road Atlanta an overall win would mean a lot to me. Maybe I can continue my sequence of results: At Sebring I was fifth, at Spa fourth, at Imola third and at Silverstone second. So what's still missing ...?"

Romain Dumas (33/F), Audi R18 TDI #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

  • Class winner in 2003 and 2007 at Road Atlanta
  • Is contesting his first race in the R18 TDI since Le Mans

"I'm happy to be sitting in the cockpit again. Since Le Mans I've had one opportunity to test the R18 TDI, at Le Castellet. I really like the R18 because its handling has been notably pleasant since the winter tests. Since June I've been waiting for my next racing commitment with Audi. In the USA 'Petit Le Mans' is a big and important race. I finished as the runner-up there once, only a few tenths behind an Audi, by the way. Hopefully we'll be able to win this time. I'm highly motivated."

Marcel Fässler (35/CH), Audi R18 TDI #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

  • Started from position three in the fastest Audi at Road Atlanta last year
  • Was the runner-up together with Timo Bernhard at the ILMC race at Silverstone

"We're expecting a very large field at Road Atlanta. Traffic will be even heavier than usual. It's difficult to overtake at the 'Petit.' There's only one long straight. But that's the same situation for everyone. We should be among the front runners. I'm already looking forward to this nice race track."

Dindo Capello (47/I), Audi R18 TDI #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

  • Clinched his victory for Audi at Road Atlanta in 2000
  • With five overall victories under his belt, is the record holder at "Petit Le Mans"

"For Road Atlanta I'm returning to the cockpit of the R18 TDI. I tested the car just a few weeks ago. That was very nice because I last drove the car on a warm-up lap for Le Mans. 'Petit Le Mans' is one of the races I enjoy most. I'm holding a victory record there. And it would be nice if I could add another success to my track record. We're at least on a par with our competitor Peugeot but have to cover the distance without any problems to achieve a good result."

Tom Kristensen (44/DK), Audi R18 TDI #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

  • Won for Audi at Road Atlanta in 2002 together with Dindo Capello
  • Recently started at Silverstone from the first row with Allan McNish

"We're all looking forward to Road Atlanta. 'Petit Le Mans' is the grand slam of the sports car scene, along with Sebring and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The track is an extreme challenge. It's like a roller-coaster with crests, downhill stretches, raised and dropping corners where you can't see the apex in some cases. And the track is relatively narrow. There are also a lot of directional changes. The fans really support the race and make for a spectacular show. Almost 60 cars are jostling for a place in the field. That'll be strenuous for us in the cockpit because we're fighting for every centimeter, if not to say millimeter, on the track. The competition between Audi and Peugeot is extremely close. Small things make the difference. I'm hoping for us to be able to fully use our potential and to bring the big trophy home."

Allan McNish (41/GB), Audi R18 TDI #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

  • Has celebrated overall victory with Audi there four times
  • Last won there in the Audi R10 TDI with Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro in 2008

"It's always nice to return to the 'Petit Le Mans race.' I already contested the inaugural round in 1998. I've enjoyed every single race so far. The atmosphere is like a carnival. The track is wonderfully fast and has seen some very thrilling races. At three or four rounds only seconds or even tenths of seconds made the difference in the end. I'm expecting an extremely tough competition. The American fans will turn the event into a huge festival again. It'll be a cracker - guaranteed!"

The Audi drivers at Road Atlanta

Timo Bernhard (D): *Feb 24, 1981 in Homburg (D); residence: Dittweiler (D); married to Katharina; height 1.73 m; weight: 61 kg; Audi driver since 2009; Le Mans victories: 1; ILMC races: 7; ILMC victories: 0; pole positions: 1; fastest laps: 0; best result "Petit Le Mans": 2; victories "Petit Le Mans": 0

Dindo Capello (I): * Jun 17, 1964 in Asti (I); residence: Canelli (I); married to Elisabetta, one son (Giacomo); height: 1.72 m; weight: 66 kg; Audi driver since 1994; ILMC races: 6; ILMC victories: 0; pole positions: 0; fastest laps: 0, best result "Petit Le Mans": 1, victories "Petit Le Mans": 5

Romain Dumas (F): * Dec 14, 1977 in Ales (F); residence: Basel (CH); single; height: 1.74 m; weight: 60 kg; Audi driver since 2009; ILMC races: 6; ILMC victories: 0; pole positions: 0; fastest laps: 0; best result "Petit Le Mans": 2; victories "Petit Le Mans": 0

Marcel Fassler (CH): *May 27,1976 in Einsiedeln (CH); residence: Gross (CH); married to Isabel, four daughters (Shana, Elin, Yael, Delia); height 1.78 m; weight 78 kg; Audi driver since 2008; ILMC races: 5; ILMC victories: 1; pole positions: 0; fastest laps: 0; best result "Petit Le Mans": 6; victories "Petit Le Mans": 0

Tom Kristensen (DK): *Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Monaco (MC); single (partner Hanne), two sons (Oliver and Oswald) and one daughter (Carla Marlou); height: 1.74 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi driver since 2000; ILMC races: 8; ILMC victories: 0; pole positions: 0; fastest laps: 0; best result "Petit Le Mans": 1; victories "Petit Le Mans": 1

Allan McNish (GB): *Dec 29, 1969 in Dumfries (GB); residence: Monaco (MC); married to Kelly, one son (Finlay), one daughter (Charlotte Amelie); height: 1.65 m; weight: 58 kg; Audi driver since 2000; ILMC races: 8; ILMC victories: 0; pole positions: 1; fastest laps: 0; best result "Petit Le Mans": 1; victories "Petit Le Mans": 4

All winners of the "Petit Le Mans" race at Road Atlanta (since 2000)

2000 Michele Alboreto/Dindo Capello/Allan McNish (Audi R8)
2001 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro (Audi R8)
2002 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen (Audi R8)
2003 Johnny Herbert/JJ Lehto (Audi R8)
2004 JJ Lehto/Marco Werner (Audi R8)
2005 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro (Audi R8)
2006 Dindo Capello/Allan McNish (Audi R10 TDI)
2007 Dindo Capello/Allan McNish (Audi R10 TDI)
2008 Dindo Capello/Allan McNish/Emanuele Pirro (Audi R10 TDI)
2009 Stephane Sarrazin/Franck Montagny (Peugeot)
2010 Pedro Lamy/Franck Montagny/Stephane Sarrazin (Peugeot)

Track info

Track length: 4.088 km
Length/duration of race: 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) / 10 hours
Pole position 2010: Anthony Davidson (Peugeot), 1m 07.187s = 219.023 km/h (Oct 01, 2010)
Fastest lap 2010: Franck Montagny (Peugeot), 1m 07.948s = 216.569 km/h (Oct 02, 2010)

Timo Bernhard about Road Atlanta: "You reach an incredible speed on this track. Except for turn seven all the corners are very fast. The many directional changes within a lap also stand out. Particularly the 'Esses' are very challenging. It's difficult to find a good set-up for them. After you've been at the wheel for a long time you can really tell what you've accomplished because of the high 'g' forces. In addition, there are many differences in elevation. You often can't see the track behind the crests. It's very dusty when it's dry and it floods the circuit when it's wet. The best places for overtaking are in turns 10 and 11. But watch out, if you overtake a car in the left-hand turn it is normally perfectly placed to counter in the next right!"

ILMC LMP1 manufacturers standings after 5 of 7 rounds: 1 Peugeot 153 points; 2 Audi, 108.

ILMC LMP1 team standings after 5 of 7 rounds: 1 Peugeot Sport Total, 81 points; 2 Audi Sport Team Joest, 74; 3 Team Oreca Matmut, 34; 4 Rebellion Racing, 33; 5 Oak Racing, 16; 6 Aston Martin Racing, 4.

Schedule (local times)

Sunday, September 25
08:00-10:00Free practice
12:00-17:00Free practice

Monday, September 26
08:00-12:00Free practice
13:00-17:00Free practice

Wednesday, September 28
14:45-16:45Free practice

Thursday, September 29
10:00-11:00Free practice
14:55-15:55Free practice
19:00-21:00Night practice

Friday, September 30
10:15-11:15Free practice
14:40-14:55Qualifying (GTC/LM GTE Am)
14:55-15:10Qualifying (GT/LM GTE Pro)
15:15-15:30Qualifying (LM PC prototypes)
15:30-15:45Qualifying (LM P1 and LM P2 prototypes)

Saturday, October 1

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