Audi newsletter 2008-08-31

Audi wins at Brands Hatch and extends DTM lead DTM: At the eighth DTM round at Brands Hatch, Audi celebrated their fourth win of the 2008 season. Timo Scheider, who had started from the pole position, defended an extremely narrow lead against ...

Audi wins at Brands Hatch and extends DTM lead

DTM: At the eighth DTM round at Brands Hatch, Audi celebrated their fourth win of the 2008 season. Timo Scheider, who had started from the pole position, defended an extremely narrow lead against Mercedes driver Paul di Resta on the British circuit in unstable weather conditions and set the fastest race lap as well. Timo Scheider thus extended his leadership of the standings to nine points. Mattias Ekstrom shone with a brilliant recovery from seventh to third place. Besides being the result of a spirited drive, the recovery was also a remarkable tactical feat on the part of the team, which -- in addition -- performed the quickest pit stop of all teams.

Early title win for Luhr/Werner

ALMS: Despite retiring from the city street race in Detroit Audi factory drivers Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner have been determined early as the title winners in the LM P1 class of the American Le Mans Series. Their team-mates Marcel Fassler and Emanuele Pirro in third place overall had originally won the LM P1 class at the "Belle Isle Street Circuit." However, during the Technical Scutineering after the race the #1 Audi R10 TDI was found to be 2.5 kilograms below the required minimum weight. Following a collision during the warm-up a spare bonnet was used in the race, which had been prepared for both vehicles but was therefore not adapted precisely to car #1. Pirro was the only driver who could have still contested Luhr and Werner's title.

Podium place for Gianni Morbidelli in Audi RS 4

Superstars: Exploit for Team Audi Sport Italia at the Italian round of the Superstars touring car series at Varano: Gianni Morbidelli in his Audi RS 4 clinched third place and now leads the championship standings with a 22-point advantage. Team-mate Giorgio Sanna had to give up after five laps and dropped from second to third place.

Strong qualifying by Reinberth went unrewarded

JTCC: Simon Reinberth experienced a difficult race weekend at Knutstorp. The driver, who is merely 16 years old and supported by DTM Champion Mattias Ekstrom, qualified for the13th and 14th round of the Swedish Junior Touring Car Car Championship for a sensational fourth place on the grid but retired in the first race straight after the start. In the second race the Swede in his Audi A3 occupied twelfth place.

Ekstrom and Kristensen at Race of Champions

DTM/Le Mans: After Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom won last year's Race of Champions in a thrilling finale against Michael Schumacher, it is now time for revenge: On 14 December the event will be staged again at London's Wembley Stadium. While Ekstrom defends his title in the single competition against strong rivals from the rally, formula and touring car scene, he will compete in the Cup of Nations together with Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen as "Team Scandinavia" as well.

Coming up in the next two weeks

Opportunities to join Dindo Capello and Allan McNish in the Audi RS 6 cockpit at Silverstone (Wednesday, 3 September)

Finale of the Le Mans Series at Silverstone (Sunday, 14 September)

7th round of the Italian Superstars Touring Car Series at Misano (Sunday, 14 September)

15th and 16th round of the Swedish Touring Car Championship at Valer (Saturday/Sunday 13/14 September)

-credit: audi

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Series ALMS , DTM , General
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Lucas Luhr , Marcel Fassler , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström , Marco Werner , Paul di Resta , Gianni Morbidelli , Dindo Capello , Emanuele Pirro , Giorgio Sanna