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08/13/04
Ingolstadt/Silverstone
Sports

Audi R8 cars starting from the first three rows

LMES 2004
Audi R8 #88 (Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx), Johnny Herbert

All three Audi R8 will start from the first three rows in the Silverstone 1000kms, the third event of the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES). Fastest Audi driver out of the 39 starters was Johnny Herbert in the Audi R8 of the Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx. Ex Formula 1 star Herbert did his best lap of 1.35.724 in the opening moments of the first of two qualifying sessions. Herbert and team mate Jamie Davies will start on Saturday 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. German time) from second place in the race, which will last around six hours. Pierre Kaffer and Allan McNish will start from third position – the Scotsman improving his lap time in the second session. Rinaldo Capello had also hoped to improve his time in the second time trial. But Capello, who shares the 2004 “Le Mans 24-hour race” winning Audi R8 of Audi Sport Japan Team Goh with Seiji Ara, was held up by a slower competitor resulting in a sixth place start position.

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