Audi Sweep the Board at Le Mans

Published June 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

German constructors Audi took the first three places in the Le Mans 24-hour auto-race in front of an estimated 200,000 spectators in Le Mans, France on Sunday. 

The winning team, who covered 368 laps (5,000-km) of the famous track, were Germany's Frank Beila, Denmark's Tom Kristensen, and Italian Emmanuele Pirro. 

In second were Frenchmen Laurant Ayello, Stephane Ortelli and Scotland's Allan McNish. 

They came in just ahead of Italians Michele Alboreto and Rinaldo Capello and their teammate German Christian Abt. 

Biela has been racing for Audi since 1991 and came in third here last year. 

The 35-year-old added the victory to the four other international tournaments he's won with Audi. 

Kristensen, 32, is no stranger to Le Mans, this being his fourth time out, tasting victory with Porsche in 1997. 

Pirro, 38, who clocked up 36 outings as a Formula One driver before switching to the endurance circuit, has also stepped out at Le Mans four times, coming third with an Audi R8 in 1999 – (AFP) 

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