LE MANS
Post Le Mans
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17/06/2001
 
Those Audis
And Their (Pit) Strategy
 
One reader asked the question, 'Did the R8s complete 14 or 15 laps per stint?' The official log of the winning car's pit stops tells some of the story.

The ever changing conditions meant that the right tyres were always more important than an extra lap or two on a tank of fuel, but if these figures are correct, then at one point the #1 car completed 19 laps on a tank - some of it behind the pace car, of course, the rest on a very wet track in the early evening period of the race.

For comparison purposes, the #17 Courage completed 16 laps in the period 18:42 until 20:16.

The 110 second stop included changing bodywork. Apart from the six minute stop for a complete rear end change, the typical 50+ second stops suggest that Audi won the race in the pits as much as on the track.






0 Time Stationary Time Leaving Laps Completed Driver Leaving
1 58 secs 16:17.11 4 F Biela
10 55 secs 01:02.46 114 F Biela
11 91 secs 02:06.25 128 T Kristensen
12 55 secs 03:13.55 143 T Kristensen
13 71 secs 04:12.24 157 E Pirro
14 53 secs 05:06.08 170 E Pirro
15 61 secs 05:58.38 183 E Pirro
16 73 secs 06:50.52 196 F Biela
17 56 secs 07:43.01 209 F Biela
18 59 secs 08:19.18 218 F Biela
19 52 secs 09:09.38 231 F Biela
2 57 secs 17:00.38 12 F Biela
20 69 secs 09:40.39 238 T Kristensen
21 53 secs 10:42.31 252 T Kristensen
22 76 secs 11:43.00 266 T Kristensen
23 363 secs (rear end change) 12:36.25 278 E Pirro
24 73 secs 13:11.47 287 E Pirro
25 56 secs 14:43.14 304 E Pirro
26 50 secs 15:23.40 313 E Pirro
27 End of Race 16:08.05 321 E Pirro
3 53 secs 17:25.11 18 F Biela
4 51 secs 18:14.41 31 F Biela
5 70 secs 18:47.27 39 T Kristensen
6 55 secs 20:35.04 58 T Kristensen
7 73 secs 21:38.53 72 E Pirro
8 56 secs 23:03.14 89 E Pirro
9 110 secs 23:45.27 98 F Biela

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