For Team Audi Sport North America and its two Infineon Audi R8 cars, the 2:45 hour race on Easter weekend is not just the third round of the ALMS season - it is the next step on the way to the season highlight in Le Mans in June. "For the first time we´ll encounter several new competitors that are also contesting Le Mans. For this reason, we´ll use this round as another way to see how we measure up against them," explains Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.
When was the last time an Audi was unable to win in the top class of the ALMS? Try last July in a torrential downpour at Nurburgring. Audi has won ten races in a row! Since then Audi has spent many miles testing for another rain race, and with weather as it normally is in England, rain is always a possibility.
"Still, I hope it doesn´t rain", says Audi pilot Rinaldo Capello, who travels to Britain as points leader after winning the first two ALMS races of this season in Dallas and Sebring. "As opposed to my team mates, I´ve never raced in Donington. So, I´ll have to learn the circuit really quickly, especially considering that we have very little time to practice. At least I have Tom to give me some tips."
Twenty six year-old Guy Smith, from Beverley in Yorkshire, will partner ex-Formula 1 and Le Mans 24 Hour race winner Stefan Johansson in the Gulf Oil-sponsored Audi R8 of Johansson