Sportscars - Audi dominates again

In 2002 the Audi R8 staked its claim as one of the greatest sportscars ever made, winning the American Le Mans Series title and the Le Mans 24 Hours for a third straight year

Sportscars - Audi dominates again

At the circuit de la sarthe, Frank Biela, Emanuelle Pirro and Tom Kristensen became the first driver crew to win the event three times running, whilst Dane Kristensen claimed the ALMS title for himself after taking four wins in the American series. The Dane's co-driver, Rinaldo Capello, was equally deserving of being crowned ALMS champion, but lost out to the Dane through the eccentricities of the scoring system employed by the series.

Behind the works Audi's, Johnny Herbert was a regular challenger in Champion Racing's customer Audi, and the Panoz paring of Jan Magnusson and David Brabham managed to take two wins. In the GTS class, Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell won the title in a Chevrolet Corvette. The car proved as dominant as the Audi in its class, winning nine of 10 races.

Although Audi dominated Le Mans, it had to fend off challenges from the British Bentley and MG teams. With Audi absent from next year's event, both marques will be hoping to fight for victory.

In the FIA GT championship, Christophe Bouchut won the title despite taking victory in only one event. His major challenge came from the Lister of Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nicolas Springer, and the Ferrari 550 piloted by Andrea Piccini and Jean-Denis Deletraz.

The FIA Sportscar championship struggled to attract a high-quality field, but Jan Lammers and Val Hillebrand were still worthy champions. Driving a Dome-Judd run by Lammers' Racing for Holland team, the pair won three out of the six championship rounds.

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