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Audi’s Le Mans Legends To Attend Autosport International

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Two of Audi‘s Le Mans legends will grace the Autosport International stage at Birmingham’s NEC this coming weekend (11-12 January).

Dumfries-born Allan McNish and ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, along with team-mate Loic Duval, took victory at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours en route to taking their #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro to World Championship glory in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“Autosport International is a great opportunity for us drivers to closely mix with race fans,” offered McNish, who announced his sportscar retirement late in 2013. “I’ve been attending the show for a number of years and it always signals the start of the season. Drivers from all spectrums of motorsport are in attendance and often the show is the only chance to see some of them. For me this year, the show marks my first official public function since I announced I was stepping down from racing Audi’s Le Mans sportscar. I’m still going to be heavily involved with Audi Sport and the show will give me the chance to speak about my new role to fans over the weekend.”

Meanwhile, Tom Kristensen will be on hand to discuss his upcoming title defense, which he will begin alongside Duval at Silverstone on the April 20.

“I’m very fortunate to race for the best manufacturer in the world and to get the opportunity of visiting a country [Great Britain] that is so passionate and knowledgeable about motorsport, is something very special and one not to miss,” said the ‘Great Dane’. “Autosport International at the beginning of January is now very established as ‘kick-starting’ the year as the engines are readied to fire up for the new season.”

The title-winning R18 will be on display on the main Autosport stand throughout the event. Tickets start at £31 – with children’s tickets available from £20 – providing access to Autosport International, the Performace Car Show and the Live Acton Arena. For more information visit www.autosportinternational.com

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