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      12-12-2008, 01:16 AM   #1
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Audi pulls out of the ALMS

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...s-out-of-alms/

They will still race in Europe, however.
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First Honda with F1, and now Audi.
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The M3 ALMS racer was too much pressure.
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The M3 ALMS racer was too much pressure.
....This will save alot of money and thus they can use that money to develope many potent RS models
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Wow! I'm both happy and concerned. Audi was a huge support to the ALMS program here although they "stiffled" the competition with their deep pockets as well. I'm excited though because we'll see some great competition and possibly some folks returning to the program to fill Audi's place. Maybe Puegot?
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Porsche and Acura plan to move to LMP1; maybe this year; I'm not sure. Frankly it was when BMW, Toyota, and Mercedes moved into F1, and Nissan went restructuring, that Audi became the only manfacturer in the top class, and started winning. LMP2 will become a true privateer's class.

They are producing a GT2-type racer so they would just need a customer over here. It would be a lot less expensive.

Edit: it's a GT3 racer; we don't have that class over here. It is a much more privateer-oriented class than even GT2.

http://www.worldcarfans.com/9081118....-at-nrburgring
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The M3 ALMS racer was too much pressure.
prolly that was the main reason
I wanna see r8 gt3 vs m3 alms
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Maybe Puegot?
If they keep their pace like now, im sure they will be on top.
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If they keep their pace like now, im sure they will be on top.
The R15 is going to race at Le Mans and is supposedly the same jump the R8->R10 was
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The R15 is going to race at Le Mans and is supposedly the same jump the R8->R10 was
I was talking about Peugeout in ALMS ))
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I was talking about Peugeout in ALMS ))
But they don't sell cars in America.
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But they don't sell cars in America.
I know, but how does that matter?
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I can see Audi pulling out. There hasn't been any competition for them for 10 years. They win everything in ALMS and when you constantly win how can you further develop on your car significantly? there's no one there to push you.
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I know, but how does that matter?
You'd most likely see them in Sebring because that is one of the best testing grounds for the 24 Hours of Le Mans; maybe Petit Le Mans as well.

Peugeot did give them a run for the money last year but alas reliability and experience kept Audi ahead.

I don't know if Audi would have been so successful if Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, and Nissan stayed.
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