BTCC: Audi newsleter 2005-10-02

DTM title still up for grabs DTM: The decision in the DTM will not be made until the finale at Hockenheim on 23 October: in the DTM race at Istanbul, Turkey, title defender Mattias Ekstrom in the Audi A4 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline...

DTM title still up for grabs

DTM: The decision in the DTM will not be made until the finale at Hockenheim on 23 October: in the DTM race at Istanbul, Turkey, title defender Mattias Ekstrom in the Audi A4 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline for the first time this season finished without scoring points, following a collision on the opening lap. Mattias Ekstrom had made a lightning start, pushing forwards from fifth to third place even before the first turn, but then dropped back to twelfth during the race. Best Audi driver in the rain race was his team-mate Tom Kristensen, who pushed forwards from tenth to fifth place in difficult conditions. Best driver of a 2004-spec A4 entered by Audi Sport Team Joest was Frank Stippler, who came 13th. Pierre Kaffer (spin), Christian Abt (collision) and Dindo Capello (electronics) retired. Martin Tomczyk had to park his Audi A4 DTM one lap before race end because the air intake was clogged by grass. Allan McNish crossed the finish line in 15th place.

Biela/Pirro "crowned" champions with race to spare

ALMS: Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro clinched the American the Le Mans Series LM P1 title with a race in hand before the finale at Laguna Seca following a comfortable "Petit Le Mans" victory. Audi won the annual 1,000-mile race at Road Atlanta (USA) for the sixth consecutive year. The Audi R8 remains unbeaten at "Petit Le Mans" since its debut in 2000. JJ Lehto, driving the companion Audi R8, was involved in a collision at the start and lost 40 minutes whilst the car underwent repairs. Nevertheless, JJ Lehto and Marco Werner fought their way back to seventh place overall and third position in the LM P1 class, so their quest for runner-up spot remains intact. Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro dominated the race after their team mates' bad luck and celebrated their fourth victory of the season. They lead the drivers' championship heading into the final round at Laguna Seca on 15 October.

DTM show action at the Audi employee's day

DTM: The motorsport successes of AUDI AG are in the spotlight at the Audi employees' day on 8 October at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm. All eleven works drivers, including DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom and Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen will attend the event on Saturday. They will not only fulfil all requests for an autograph but will answer questions during the interview sessions. The spectators can also look forward to the drivers doing spectacular show action with their powerful 460 hp Audi A4 DTM cars, and will be able to win taxi rides in the DTM cars.

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First victory fort he new SEAT Leon

WTCC: At only its third race, the new SEAT Leon Cupra collected its first World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) victory: At his home race in Valencia, the Spaniard Jordi Gene scored a comfortable start-to-finish victory in the first of the two heats. Peter Terting completed the SEAT triumph with his third place. No luck for the Spaniard in the second heat: Only Maro Carol, who won a guest start in the WTCC after winning the Spanish SEAT Leon Supercopa title, scored a championship point with the Toledo Cupra.

Victory for SEAT in the BTCC season final

BTCC: SEAT capped this year's British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season finale with champagne on the podium: Works driver Jason Plato scored the fourth win of the year at the final round at Brands Hatch and finished fourth in the championship. At the same time, the SEAT Toledo Cupra achieved a second and a third place in the other heats of the tenth and final round of the championship.

-audi.de-

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