Ingolstadt, 14 May 2006
Audi Motorsport Newsletter 5/2006
Audi R8 wins street race in Houston
ALMS: The two Audi factory drivers Dindo Capello (Italy) and Allan McNish (Scotland) extended their lead in the American Le Mans Series with a convincing win at the street race in Houston (US State Texas). At the end of the 2:45-hour night race, which was started at 8 p.m. local time, Capello and McNish had a five-lap advantage over their closest rival. Enviable reliability and Audi FSI Technology once again played important roles in the 62nd victory of the Audi R8 in 78 races.
Perfect season start for Audi in Sweden
Audi made a perfect start to the season in the Swedish Touring Car Championship: Thed Bjork and Fredik Ekblom celebrated a commanding one-two at Knutstorp (Sweden) with the further developed Audi A4 STCC. While Audi newcomer Bjork started the race from the second row, Fredrik Ekblom was forced to fight his way from eighth position to the front after making a mistake in single-lap qualifying. Team Boss Tommy Kristoffersson claimed an excellent fourth place on the starting grid with another A4, but was shoved of the track after three laps.
Tamara Vidali takes first win for Audi RS 4
Tamara Vidali claimed the first win for the new Audi RS 4 in the Italian Superstars Touring Car Series. On the ninth of 13 laps the former Audi factory driver passed the leading Jaguar of Massimo Pigoli under braking and defended her lead convincingly all the way to the chequered flag. Vidali's team mate Giorgio Sanna started from pole position, but retired from the race due to a broken driveshaft.
Audi R10 TDI at the DTM
There is another good reason for Audi fans to come to the DTM race at Oschersleben this coming weekend: Audi factory driver Marco Werner will take to the track with the Audi R10 TDI just before the flag drops -- it will be the first laps of the revolutionary Audi Diesel sportscar, which will fight for overall victory on 17/18 June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in public in Europe.
News from the Audi brand group
One-two for SEAT in the BTCC
SEAT experienced a series of highs and lows at the third race-weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). In the first of the three races at Oulton Park, leader Jason Plato had to visit the pits to 'sit out' a 30-second penalty, because the tyres were changed too late on his Leon on the grid. Team mate James Thompson was banished to the back of the grid after leaving the pit-lane too late. In the second race Thompson and Plato fought their way up to fourth and sixth positions respectively. In the third race the status quo for SEAT resumed: Plato and Thompson celebrated a one-two and, as a result, forced their way up the championship table to claim positions three and two.
Lamborghini team plagued by bad luck again
B-Racing RS Line Team, competing in the FIA GT Championship and the Le Mans-Series (LMS) in a private Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT, were plagued by bad luck again. At the opening round of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone, Marino Franchitti and Benjamin Leuenberger retired just before half-distance due to a technical problem. The 1000-kilometre race at Spa was over after only one lap for the German team: debris on the track after a mass pile-up damaged the Murcielago's engine.