News from Le Mans

Pete Mait

German Ski-Slalom World Champion Maria Riesch numbered among the many celebrities on the AUDI AG guest list. Candy Dulfer & Band and DJ Gandi provided the background music in the Audi Racing Arena. Nick Mason hung around at Le Mans as an Audi UK guest. The motorsport enthusiast and drummer of rock group Pink Floyd will drive an Auto Union race car in three weeks between 3 and 5 July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. His love of motorsport continues in the family: Holly, the rock musician's daughter, contested the historical legends race at Le Mans on the Sarthe on Saturday. This year she will marry racing driver Marino Franchitti.

Claudia, the wife of Audi factory driver Lucas Luhr, had originally planned to travel to Le Mans. However, a sudden and special "addition to the family" complicated matters: At the request of their children the family has recently grown through the addition of a ten-week old Labrador crossbreed. Even though he is only four years old the couple's son Gianluca proved his reputation as family jester: The puppy was aptly named as "Rocky", the nickname of Lucas Luhr's team mate Mike Rockenfeller.

Allan McNish saw an Audi R10 TDI win immediately before starting the 24-hour race. At Silverstone in the week before Le Mans the Scot saw how junior high-school students representing Dalbeattie High School won the British Championship for radio-controlled model cars.