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2015 Goodbyes, Dindo Capello

Perhaps a surprising goodbye, but nonetheless accurate, Dindo Capello finally hung up his helmet as a professional race driver at the end of the 2015 season, after stepping down from Audi’s LMP1 team after Le Mans in 2012.

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Since then he has been plying his trade in the Italian GT Championship in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra

That 2012 race was his 14th Le Mans 24 Hours appearance where he scored three wins (with one for the sister Bentley squad) and just one of the astonishing statistics behind Dindo’s career is that he has never finished Le Mans lower than 4th overall and has never finished without at least a class podium. That total includes a trio of DNFs (one in his first appearance at La Sarthe in the McLaren used by the factory as a fact finding operation) and the other two after accidents while his car was leading the race!)

There are five wins at Sebring and five at Petit Le Mans wins too plus a pair of ALMS Championship titles on the Capello CV too, part of a stateside career that totals 61 ALMS races with no fewer than 53 podium finishes, 34 of them race wins!

He’s had less success in Europe but his limited programmes in the Le Mans Series and ILMC have still yielded several more podium finishes for the factory team and Team Goh and a further win (Paul Ricard 8 Hours in 2010 – below).

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Dindo retired from the LMP team whilst leading the World Championship together with long-time team-mates Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.

Since then he has competed for Audi Sport Italia in the Italian GT Championship, a role he has played since 2009 scoring a hatful of class and race wins and appearing on the podium again three times even in his final season.

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Dindo Capello, Audi Factfile

1994 5th Italian Super Touring Car Championship & 7th in German Touring Car Cup (both Audi 80 competition)
1995 2nd Italian Super Touring Car Championship (Audi A4 quattro)
1996 1st Italian Super Touring Car Championship (Audi A4 quattro)
1997 3rd Italian Super Touring Car Championship (Audi A4 quattro)
1998 5th Italian Super Touring Car Championship (Audi A4)
1999 3rd Sebring 12 Hours, 4th Le Mans 24 Hours (all Audi R8R)

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2000 1st “Petit Le Mans”, 2nd Sebring 12 Hours (below), 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours, 2nd American Le Mans Series (all Audi R8)

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2001 1st Sebring 12 Hours (Audi R8), 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R8), 3rd American Le Mans Series (Audi R8), Winner ELMS Jarama

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2002 1st Sebring 12 Hours, 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours, 2nd in American Le Mans Series (below at Mid Ohio), 1st “Petit Le Mans” (all Audi R8)

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2003 1st Le Mans 24 Hours (Bentley)

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2004 1st Le Mans 24 Hour races (Audi R8), 5th Le Mans Endurance Series (Audi R8), DTM Shanghai (Audi A4 DTM)

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2005 DTM (Audi A4 DTM)
2006 1st Sebring 12 Hours, 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours, 1st American Le Mans Series, 1st “Petit Le Mans” below (all Audi R10 TDI)

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2007 1st American Le Mans Series, 1st “Petit Le Mans” (all Audi R10 TDI)

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2008 3rd Sebring 12 Hours, 1st Le Mans 24 Hours (below), 3rd Le Mans Series, 1st “Petit Le Mans” (all Audi R10 TDI)

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2009 1st Sebring 12 Hours (below), 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours (all Audi R15 TDI)

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2010 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours (below), 3rd Le Mans Series (all Audi R15 TDI)

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2011 3rd Italian GT3 Championship (Audi R8 LMS)
2012 1st Sebring 12 Hours (Audi R18 TDI), 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)

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Dindo Capello Sebring 2012