Audi has revealed that the successful R10 TDi is set to race on into the 2009 season, with the team run by former Force India F1 team boss Colin Kolles planning to purchase two cars for the year ahead.

It would mark the first privateer programme for the successful diesel-powered machine, with plans afoot to run the machines in the Le Mans Series and in the Le Mans 24 Hours, where it would go up against Audi's new machine; the R15.

Kolles already has a long relationship with Audi having run two A4 models in the DTM since 2006 under the Futurecom TME banner, and that partnership will now be expanded with the R10 deal, with Audi Sport providing a service package using its technical staff which will support the plans.

"We welcome the fact that Dr Kolles decided to take on this commitment and wants to purchase two Audi R10 TDI cars," head of Audi motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich said. "While on the factory side of the house we are concentrating on the development and fielding of the new R15 TDi sportscar as well as on the DTM, we are pleased to see that the R10 TDi will be privately entered in future and that racing vehicles of the Audi brand will continue to be represented in the Le Mans Series. That is why we agreed to the sale of the cars.

"However, our involvement will be strictly limited to providing support under the terms of the service agreement."

During its racing years with the factory team, the R10 was unbeaten at Le Mans and also lifted the Le Mans Series and American Le Mans Series titles.

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