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2000 Thousand Years winning Audi R8

The winning Capello / McNish crocodile liveried Audi R8 no. 77, early in the race.

The 2000 Race of a Thousand Years was an endurance race and the final round of the 2000 American Le Mans Series season. It was run on the Adelaide Street Circuit in Australia on New Year's Eve, 31 December 2000. The race was run on the full 3.780 km (2.349 mi) Grand Prix circuit used by Formula One for the Australian Grand Prix between 1985-1995, rather than the shorter 3.219 km (2.012 mi) V8 Supercars version of the circuit used since 1998. The Race of a Thousand Years was intended to be run for 1000 kilometres but was stopped short due to time constraints, two hours before midnight, after completing 850 kilometres.

Like the 1999 Le Mans Fuji 1000 km, the Race of a Thousand Years was intended as a precursor to a planned Asia-Pacific Le Mans Series (APLMS) run by Don Panoz and the Professional Sports Car Racing body, just as the Silverstone and Nürburgring events earlier in the season were for the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). After a small amount of entrants for the European series in 2001, as well as a lack of entrants for a third Asian-Pacific exhibition event at the Sepang Circuit, the APLMS plans were cancelled.

The race was the first in a nine-year contract, but was abandoned after only one. Over 135,000 fans attended the race meeting, with almost 70,000 of them in attendance on race day.

By completing the first 25 laps (and in the lead), Allan McNish became the 2000 American Le Mans Series LMP Drivers' Champion. McNish and team mate Rinaldo Capello completed 225 laps in their Audi Sport North America R8. Australian driver Brad Jones had also qualified the R8 but did not drive in the race. Jones was on stand-by for Scottish driver McNish who had injured his back a few days before the race while putting on his Kilt for a photo shoot. The GTS class was won by Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique Dupuy who piloted their Team Oreca Viper to 3rd outright while finishing 5th outright were the GT class winners Dirk Müller and Lucas Luhr in their Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R.

Official resultsEdit

Class winners in bold.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP 77 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
25px-AustraliaFLAG Brad Jones
Audi R8 M 225
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP 28 Flag of Germany Konrad Motorsport 22px-Flag of Austria Franz Konrad
USAflagsmall Charles Slater
25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Heath
Lola B2K/10 G 204
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
3 GTS 91 22px-Flag of France Viper Team Oreca 25px-Monacoflag Olivier Beretta
22px-Flag of Austria Karl Wendlinger
22px-Flag of France Dominique Dupuy
Dodge Viper GTS-R M 202
Chrysler 8.0L V10
4 GTS 92 22px-Flag of France Viper Team Oreca 22px-Flag of France Jean-Philippe Belloc
22px-Flag of Portugal Ni Amorim
Dodge Viper GTS-R M 202
Dodge Chrysler 8.0L V10
5 GT 5 USAflagsmall Dick Barbour Racing Flag of Germany Dirk Müller
Flag of Germany Lucas Luhr
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 199
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
6 GT 15 USAflagsmall Dick Barbour Racing 25px-Mexicoflag Randy Wars
25px-Canadaflag John Graham
Flag of Germany Christian Menzel
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 191
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
7 GT 6 USAflagsmall Prototype Technology Group (PTG) USAflagsmall Terry Borcheller
USAflagsmall Anthony Lazzaro
BMW M3 Y 190
BMW 3.2L I6
8 GTS 61 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Chamberlain Motorsport 22px-Flag of Venezuela Milka Duno
Flag of South Africasmall Stephen Watson
25px-AustraliaFLAG Ray Lintott
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 190
Chrysler 8.0L V10
9 LMP 12 USAflagsmall Panoz Motor Sports 25px-AustraliaFLAG David Brabham
25px-Newzealand flag Greg Murphy
25px-AustraliaFLAG Jason Bright
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 190
Élan 6L8 6.0L V8
10 GT 10 USAflagsmall Prototype Technology Group (PTG) USAflagsmall Brian Cunningham
USAflagsmall Bill Auberlen
22px-Flag of Sweden Niclas Jönsson
BMW M3 Y 190
BMW 3.2L I6
11 GT 66 USAflagsmall The Racer's Group USAflagsmall Robert Orcutt
25px-AustraliaFLAG Darren Palmer
25px-AustraliaFLAG Christian D'Agostin
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 188
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT 8 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias SWI22x20px}}|Template:Country alias SWI]] Haberthur Racing 22px-Flag of France Patrick Vuillaume
22px-Flag of Austria Manfred Jurasz
22px-Flag of Spain Francesc Gutiérrez
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 187
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
13
DNF
LMP 0 22px-Flag of Italy Team Rafanelli SRL 22px-Flag of Italy Domenico Schiattarella
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Didier de Radigues
Flag of Germany Norman Simon
Lola B2K/10 M 183
Judd GV4 (Rafanelli) 4.0L V10
14 GT 30 USAflagsmall White Lightning Racing USAflagsmall Mike Fitzgerald
USAflagsmall Randy Pobst
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 178
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
15 LMP 78 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America Flag of Germany Frank Biela
22px-Flag of Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 170
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
16 GT 70 25px-AustraliaFLAG Skea Racing International 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Richard Dean
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 164
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
17 GT 51 USAflagsmall Dick Barbour Racing Flag of Germany Sascha Maassen
22px-Flag of France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 162
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
18
DNF
GT 69 25px-Canadaflag Kyser Racing 25px-Canadaflag Kye Wankum
USAflagsmall Joe Foster
25px-Canadaflag Jeff Pabst
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 159
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19
DNF
LMP 31 22px-Flag of France Motorola DAMS 22px-Flag of France Éric Bernard
22px-Flag of France Emmanuel Collard
Cadillac Northstar LMP M 72
Cadillac Northstar 4.0L Turbo V8
20
DNF
LMP 32 22px-Flag of France Motorola DAMS 22px-Flag of France Christophe Tinseau
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Marc Goossens
Cadillac Northstar LMP M 54
Cadillac Northstar 4.0L Turbo V8
21
DNF
GT 71 25px-AustraliaFLAG Skea Racing International USAflagsmall Doc Bundy
25px-AustraliaFLAG Rohan Skea
25px-AustraliaFLAG Des Wall
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 53
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
22
DNF
GT 7 USAflagsmall Prototype Technology Group (PTG) Flag of Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
USAflagsmall Boris Said
USAflagsmall Johannes van Overbeek
BMW M3 Y 30
BMW 3.2L I6
23
DNF
GTS 37 USAflagsmall Intersport Racing USAflagsmall Vic Rice
USAflagsmall Kevin Buckler
Porsche 911 GT2  ? 19
Porsche 3.8L Turbo Flat-6
24
DNF
LMP 1 USAflagsmall Panoz Motor Sports 22px-Flag of Denmark Jan Magnussen
Flag of Germany Klaus Graf
Panoz LMP07 M 2
Élan (Zytek) 4.0L V8
DSQ LMP 2 USAflagsmall Panoz Motor Sports Flag-of-japansmall Hiroki Katoh
USAflagsmall Johnny O'Connell
Flag of Germany Klaus Graf
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 187
Élan 6L8 6.0L V8

† – #2 Panoz was disqualified for allowing an unassigned driver, Klaus Graf, to drive the car during the race.

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position – Rinaldo Capello – #77 Audi Sport North America – 1:23.804
  • Fastest Lap – Allan McNish – #77 Audi Sport North America – 1:25.219
  • Average Speed – 148.048 km/h

ReferencesEdit

  • Auto Action, 12–18 January 2001
  • Official Program, Adelaide Race of a Thousand Years, 29–31 December 2000

External linksEdit

American Le Mans Series
Previous race:
2000 Grand Prix of Las Vegas
2000 season Next race:
None

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