Photo : Pierre-Yves Riom / ACO
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. While calm reigned in the paddock of the Circuit des 24 Heures, things were jumping in the Audi Sport pit. Mechanics were hard at work, but strangely, not for the usual reasons. While all the cars entered in that 76th edition of the 24 Hours were hybernating in their boxes, the three Audi R10 TDIs took a discreet detour to the Ford turn.
The LM P1 prototypes were accompanied by several mechanics as well as an official Audi photographer. They all went to one of the most spectacular viewpoints of the 24 Hours circuit, the Ford turn with its legendary view of the grandstand straight.
The reason for this early evening excursion: a promotional photo session showing the marque's three cars in action at a unique angle. The atmosphere was provocative. The three racing beasts that typically swallowed whole the Mulsanne Straight at more than 320 km/h were there, unmoving but undeniably impressive. Of the German manufacturer's official drivers, there were nothing but helmets. Under the protective headgear of Emanuele Pirro, Tom Kristensen and Alexandre Prémat were actually Audi mechanics, visibly thrilled to lend themselves to such an activity!
Here is the result…
Pierre-Yves Riom / ACO - Translation by Nikki Ehrhardt / ACO
PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, TUESDAY JUNE 10 2008. The three Audi R10 TDIs in formation at the Ford turn for a photo session.