DTM: Audi takes lead in the DTM In front of a record turnout of 143,000 spectators at the Norisring, Audi has taken the lead in the DTM manufacturers' standings. In one of the most turbulent races in DTM history, Audi scored points in its ...
Audi takes lead in the DTM
In front of a record turnout of 143,000 spectators at the Norisring, Audi has taken the lead in the DTM manufacturers' standings. In one of the most turbulent races in DTM history, Audi scored points in its "home game" with as many as six cars, thus replacing Mercedes-Benz at the top of the standings. For the fans, the "man of the race" was local hero Christian Abt, who swept through to second place from 17th on the grid in the Audi A4 DTM entered by Audi Sport Team Joest. Title defender Mattias Ekstrom was spun out by competitors three times. Having dropped back to tenth place, Ekstrom recovered to third place. Allan McNish finished in fourth place to claim his best DTM result to date. Like last year, Martin Tomczyk fought his way through from position 14 on the grid to fifth place. Tom Kristensen and Pierre Kaffer completed Audi's good result with seventh and eighth places respectively. Rinaldo Capello and Frank Stippler retired after accidents.
First victory of the season for Biela/Pirro
Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro (Team ADT Champion Racing) celebrated their first victory of the season at the Infineon Raceway near San Francisco (California). They reduced the gap to their team-mates JJ Lehto and Marco Werner to just three points. Lehto/Werner finished third following a collision. For two hours, Lehto/Werner led the race at the Infineon Raceway before Werner made contact with a GT1 car when leaving the pits. The replacement of the right front upright cost one lap. For the Audi R8 and Team ADT Champion Racing, it marks the fourth victory of the season in only the fifth race.
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Podium for SEAT in BTCC
SEAT claimed a podium result in the fifth event of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Croft. Works driver Jason Plato, driving a SEAT Toledo Cupra, finished third for the Spanish make in the third race followed by team-mate James Pickford. Luke Hines completed the result in 6th position with another SEAT Toledo Cupra. At the halfway point of the season, Plato remains fourth in the standings with 122 points and is still in touch of the top-three in the series.
Double victory on birthday
On his 24th birthday, Florian Stoll presented the best birthday present to himself: The star of tomorrow won rounds nine and ten of the German SEAT Leon Supercopa. Stoll is the first double winner of the series since it has joined the DTM programme. Florian Gruber is the leader with 101 points.