AUDI will continue motorsport involvement in the 2001 season, competing at the Le Mans 24 Hour race and in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) with two modified Audi R8 racing sportscars.

"I am delighted that we will tackle Le Mans and the ALMS again next year," says head of Audi Sport, Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. "The Le Mans classic is a very special challenge which becomes even bigger any time you go there."

The Audi R8 secured a clear triple victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour race this year and won the American Le Mans Series.

At the Le Mans 24 Hours on the 16/17 June, 2001, the two Audi R8s will again be run by Audi Sport Team Joest with drivers Laurent Aiello, Michele Alboreto, Frank Biela, Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro.

In the American Le Mans Series Biela, Capello, Kristensen, and Pirro will drive. For the long distance classics in Sebring and Road Atlanta, Aiello and Alboreto will join forces with Team Audi Sport North America.