Audi Motorsport Newsletter
Ingolstadt, 02 July 2006
Mattias Ekstrom wins at Brands Hatch
Audi celebrated their second victory of the season in the fourth round of the DTM, held at Brands Hatch. Mattias Ekstrom won with a margin of 5.957 seconds in his Red Bull Audi A4 DTM ahead of Mercedes driver Jamie Green. On his way to his first victory of the season, the Swedish driver profited from a perfect strategy. As he pitted only late in the race, he was able to capitalize on his fresh rubber, urging Green into a mistake. Tom Kristensen who had previously won at Oschersleben, led at Brands Hatch until the 68th of 85 laps before he retired with a broken suspension. Four points adrift, he is second behind championship leader Bernd Schneider now. Behind fourth-placed Martin Tomczyk, Christian Abt finished fifth at Brands Hatch as the best driver of a year-old car.
Audi R8 wins its last race
An emotional victory rounded off the career of the Audi R8. Dindo Capello and Allan McNish won the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series at Lime Rock Park (Connecticut, USA) after a breathtaking duel with the Porsche RS Spyder driven by Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard. One hour before the chequered flag, the Audi drivers lost the lead they had to fight so hard for when the Safety Car controlled the field. McNish battled back in the final stint and used a situation when slower cars were lapped to take the lead from Porsche again. Audi celebrated the 50th overall victory in the American Le Mans Series and a perfect farewell to the Audi R8 that clinched 63 victories out of 80 starts between 2000 and 2006.
Demo lap of the Audi R10 TDI in Ingolstadt
On Wednesday, Audi celebrated the historic inaugural victory of a diesel-powered sportscar in the Le Mans 24 Hour race with a motocade in the city of Ingolstadt. Marco Werner drove the winning Audi R10 TDI from the Audi Piazza to the Rathausmarkt. Some 10,000 spectators cheered Werner. Next weekend, Allan McNish will drive the Audi R10 TDI at the "Festival of Speed" in Goodwood. Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen will be seen at the wheel of the Bentley Speed 8 in Goodwood, the car that helped him clinch the 2003 Le Mans victory.
Belgian Audi Club builds new Audi A4 Silhouette
After the Audi A4 Silhouette was destroyed in a fire in the Zolder race, Belgian Audi Club has started to build up a new car that is scheduled to enter the last couple of rounds of the Belgian Touring Car Championship (BTCS).
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1-2 victory for SEAT Brazilian WTCC event
Jordi Gene and Peter Terting helped SEAT clinching a double victory on the debut of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Brasil. In the first heat at the Curitiba race track, the Spanish-German duo took the lead six laps before the end and successfully defended their positions against hard-charging local hero Augusto Farfus who finished third. Fourth, fifth and sixth positions were also claimed by SEAT Leon drivers. In the second heat which was finished behind the Safety Car, James Thompson was the best-placed SEAT driver on fourth spot. In the championship classification, the Briton is second just three points behind the leader. Peter Terting was the best German driver in the first overseas race of the 2006 WTCC season.
Accident costs Team B-Racing RS Line points
Team B-Racing RS Line's home race at Oschersleben had a premature end. The German outfit that enters a Lamborghini Murcielago GTR in the FIA GT championship retired in the third round of the sportscar championship following an accident. After two thirds of the three-hour race, drivers Christophe Bouchut and Michele Bartyan were eighth with a points finish in sight when they were robbed of the reward for their efforts following an off into the gravel trap.