DINDO CAPELLO ANNUNCIA IL RITIRO. Ma correrà ancora in GT3

La news era nell’aria, ma c’era ancora una piccola speranza di vedere Dindo Capello correre anche le ultime gare del WEC per provare a vincere il mondiale endurance (che lo vede in testa ora). Oggi è uscito il comunicato ufficiale che Dindo Capello lascia il mondo delle corse endurance e l’audi dopo 19anni ricchi di successi. La rabbia è che, come successo per Pirro, in Italia la news manco è stata data dalla stampa, mentre all’estero Dindo viene chiamato legend! Come dice Pirro, se lui e Dindo fossero stati ingelsi, sarebbero baronetti…qui invece parliamo di più di un pilota che da due anni non va a podio, ma guidando una rossa, viene prima di tutto. Non cambieremo mai.
Dindo comunque continueremo a vederlo a correre nel gt italiano con Audi sport Italia.
Ecco il comunicato Audi

Capello said: “I would like to address a really, really big thank you to Audi on my part.

“Audi has become my brand – professionally and based on my personal conviction. Together, we have achieved so much and demonstrated pioneering achievements again and again. Naturally, there is a feeling of sadness too, as this departure from the factory team is not easy.

“I am saying goodbye with a clear conscience because I have no unfinished business with my sport. In all disciplines and categories, Audi and I together have achieved the maximum with victories and titles. As late as in March, we won at Sebring and I’m currently ranking in first place of the WEC standings. I wanted to quit at a time when I was still able to show top performances.”

Audi motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich paid tribute to Capello, who has been racing Volkswagen and Audi machinery for more than two decades.

“This is an extremely unusual string of successes and a very emotional moment,” said Ullrich. “On behalf of Audi I would like to express a huge thank you to Dindo.

“Dindo was at the top of the sport for 19 years and all employees at Audi Sport were pleased to make this possible for him. I am proud of both. In terms of the sport as well as in a personal and professional sense – it has always been a pleasure to work with Dindo and to know that he was part of our team.

Capello intends to keep on racing with Audi’s R8 LMS in GT3 events.

La Carriera con 3 Le Mans, 6 petit le mans, 4 sebring, 2 campionati ALMS come vittorie più significative

1983 Formula Fiat Abarth
1984 Formula Fiat Abarth
1985 Italian Formula 3 Championship
1986 Italian Formula 3 Championship
1987 Italian Formula 3 Championship
1988 Italian Formula 3 Championship
1989 Formula 3000 test driver in Japan
1990 ItalianTouring Car Champion, Group A
1991 4th in Italian Touring Car Championship
1992 Italian Touring Car Champion
1993 Italian Touring Car Champion
1994 5th in Italian Super Touring Car Championship7th in German Touring Car Cup (Audi 80 Competition)
1995 2nd in Italian Super Touring Car Championship (Audi A4 quattro)
1996 Italian Super Touring Car Champion (Audi A4 quattro)
1997 3rd in Italian Super Touring Car Championship (Audi A4 quattro)
1998 5th in Italian Super Touring Car Championship (Audi A4)
1999 3rd in Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8R)4th in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8R)
2000 Winner of “Petit Le Mans” (Audi R8)2nd in Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)3rd in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8) 2nd in American Le Mans Series (Audi R8) ( 6 race wins)
2001 1st in Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)2nd in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8) ( Pole Position )3rd in American Le Mans Series (Audi R8) ( 5 race wins )
2002 1st in Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R8)2nd in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8) (Pole Position)
2003 1st in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Bentley Speed 8)4th in Sebring 12 Hour race (Bentley Speed 8)
2004 1st in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R8)
2005 DTM Championship (Audi A4 DTM)
2006 1st in American Le Mans Series (Audi R10 TDI) ( 7 race wins ) 1st in Sebring 12 Hour race (Audi R10 TDI) 3rd in Le Mans 24 Hour race (Audi R10 TDI) (Pole Position)
2007 1st in American Le Mans Series – 1st in Sebring 12 Hour race – 1st Petit Le Mans
2008 1st in Le Mans 24 Hour race – 1st Petit Le Mans
2009 1st in Sebring 12 Hour race – 3rd in Le Mans 24 Hour race – 3rd Petit Le Mans
2010 3rd in Le Mans 24 Hour race
2011 4th in Sebring 12 Hour race
2012 1st in Sebring 12 Hour race