Friday, June 28, 2013

Video: The legend's last race was victorious - Audi R8

By Johan Laubscher

The Audi R8 LMP will forever be a legend. After six years of competition the old girl was still competitive, and running at the front in international sports car racing. The car won a staggering 63 races from 80 starts, making it one of the all time great race cars. 

Its eightieth, and final race, was at Lime Rock during the 2006 ALMS season. It was the last official race for the R8 in an international sports car series before the permanent introduction of the Audi R10 TDI. At the final race the R8 competed in a very special livery that had a list of all the drivers that had won in a R8, all the tracks at which it had won and all the championships and Le Mans titles. The race was extremely exciting as Allan McNish and Dindo Capello battled with much faster and newer machinery from the opposition. Despite the opposition’s speed, the Audi R8 soldiered its way to the front and closed of its racing career in the only way this car knew how, by winning.

Below is the full race broadcast from Lime Rock 2006, the Audi R8’s last race and victory. This video is part of an exciting series of videos on the official ALMS YouTube channel, where they are posting full race broadcasts from the past, well worth a look. Enjoy the race: