Mattias Ekström yet again best Audi driver
Mattias Ekstrom was also the best placed Audi driver in round five of the DTM at the Norisring (Nuremberg/Germany). After suffering a puncture in qualifying, the Swede fought his way up from ninth to fourth with his Audi A4 DTM. After the first half of the season, Ekström is just three points behind the series' leader Christijan Albers. Martin Tomczyk and Tom Kristensen completed the strong Audi works squad effort by finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Before the series' next round, the DTM will run a guest race at Shanghai (China) on July 17/18.
Lehto/Werner celebrate first joint victory
JJ Lehto and Audi works driver Marco Werner have celebrated their first joint victory at Mid-Ohio (USA), and in doing so assumed the lead in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Up to the half-way point of the 2:45-hour race, the Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 was battling fiercely with the MG Lola driven by Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson. The Champion Audi took the lead after the first fuel-stop. The battle was decided after 1:45 hours when the MG Lola spun and lost a lap. It was the eighth victory in a row for the Audi R8. The next race is scheduled as early as next Monday (July 5) at Lime Rock.
Le Mans winners come to Germany
LMES: The Nürburgring 1000-kilometre race, round two of the new Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES), will provide a real "Le Mans revenge" for the fans. Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, which, 14 days ago, was the first ever Japanese team in history to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, is one of the favourites for the German event as are the two Audi R8 cars entered by Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx, which was narrowly defeated at Le Mans. Team Goh's Audi R8 will be driven by Le Mans winners Seiji Ara and Rinaldo Capello, Veloqx will line up Pierre Kaffer/Allan McNish and Jamie Davies/Johnny Herbert.
Audi driver Galati new series' leader
Audi driver Michael Galati has taken the lead in the North American SPEED GT World Challenge after a flag-to-flag victory at Mid-Ohio (USA). Defending champion Randy Pobst completed a 1-2 victory for the Audi RS 6 Competition cars moving up to fifth position in the standings. The two Audi drivers set the pace at Mid-Ohio already in qualifying and occupied the top two places from the first to the last lap of the race.
Two more Audi victories in Finland
Finnland: On the second last weekend, Olli Haapalinen gave Audi two further victories in the Finnish Super 2000 Touring Car Championship. At Botniaring, Haapalainen started from pole position and won the first heat by a small margin from VW driver Jani Vuorinen. In the second race, the Finn and his Audi A4 STCC were unrivalled. Starting 8th, he took the lead already after three laps and increased the margin to 27 seconds.
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Murciélago impresses at ALMS debut race
The new Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT made a strong impression during its debut in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). David Brabham and Peter Kox finished fourth in the GTS class at Mid-Ohio and seventh overall. The newly founded Krohn-Barbour Racing Team only lost third position in the GTS class on the second to last lap. Brabham/Kox missed a place on the podium by just 0.679 seconds.
SEAT scores points at Donington
Jordi Gené scored two more points for SEAT in the FIA European Touring Car Championship by finishing seventh in the first of the two races at Donington. Gené started the second race from the front row but finished in the gravel at the first corner after contact with other cars. Frank Diefenbacher retired from both races after collisions. Rickard Rydell narrowly missed a point after a great fight back in the second race, after retiring from the first heat with electronic failure.
Results and points
Norisring (D), 27 June, DTM round 5
1 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) 72 laps in 1hrs 00m 52.341s
2 Christijan Albers (Mercedes) + 1.966s
3 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) + 13.056s
4 Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) + 19.185s
5 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) + 29.950s
6 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) + 45.414s
9 Emanuele Pirro (Audi A4 DTM) - 1 lap
11 Frank Biela (Audi A4 DTM) - 1 lap
14 Christian Abt (Audi A4 DTM) - 8 laps
Positions after 5 of 10 rounds: 1 Albers, 42 points; 2 Ekström, 39; 3 Paffett, 25; 4 Schneider, 16; 5 Tomczyk, 15; 6 Kristensen, 13; ... 11 Pirro, 5.
Next race: Nürburgring (D), 1 August
Mid-Ohio (USA), 27 June, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) round 2
1 Lehto/Werner (Audi R8) 124 laps in 2hrs 45m 13.916s
2 Dyson/Wallace (MG Lola) - 1 lap
3 Fellows/O'Connell (Chevrolet) - 6 laps
4 Beretta/Gavin (Chevrolet) - 6 laps
5 Field/Liddell (Lola-Judd) - 8 laps
7 Brabham/Kox (Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT) - 11 laps
Positions after 2 of 9 rounds: 1 Lehto and Werner, 42 points; 3 Biela, Kaffer and McNish, 26.
Next race: Lime Rock (USA), 5 July
Mid-Ohio (USA), 27 June, SPEED GT Word Challenge round 3
1 Michael Galati (Audi RS 6 Competition) 24 laps in 41m 32.102s
2 Randy Pobst (Audi RS 6 Competition) + 0.249s
3 John Heinricy (Cadillac) + 0.777s
4 Tommy Archer (Chrysler) + 8.764s
5 Lou Gigliotti (Chevrolet) + 10.412s
Positions after 3 of 9 rounds: 1 Galati, 89 points; 2 Angelelli, 80; 3 Archer, 69; 4 Pilgrim, 68; 5 Pobst, 63.
Next race: Infineon Raceway (USA), 18 July
Botniaring (FIN), 20 June, Finnish Touring Car Championship round 5
1 Olli Haapalainen (Audi A4 STCC) 10 laps in 12m 38.260s
2 Jani Vuorinen (VW) + 2.337s
3 Pasi Lähteenmäki (Honda) + 2.877s
4 Martti Huttunen (SEAT Toledo) + 14.049s
5 Kari Grönthal (BMW) + 25.397s
Botniaring (FIN), 20 June, Finnish Touring Car Championship round 6
1 Olli Haapalainen (Audi A4 STCC) 17 laps in 23m 23.261s
2 Indrek Sepp (VW) + 27.204s
3 Kari Grönthal (BMW) + 41.592s
4 Jani Vuorinen (VW) + 41.611s
5 Jukka Ylitalo (BMW) +46.616s
Positions after 6 of 12 rounds: 1 Haapalainen, 123 points; 2 Vuorinen, 84; 3 Grönthal, 83; 4 Lähteenmäki, 73; 5 Sepp, 70.
Donington (GB), 27 June, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 11
1 James Thompson (Alfa Romeo) 13 laps in 21m 45.646s
2 Jörg Müller (BMW) + 3.848s
3 Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo) + 4.428s
4 Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) + 5.086s
5 Augusto Farfus jr. (Alfa Romeo) + 5.730s
7 Jordi Gene (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 14.559s
21 Frank Diefenbacher (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 43.125s
22 Rickard Rydell (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 46.083s
Donington (GB), 27 June, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 12
1 Andy Priaulx (BMW) 13 laps in 21m 46.941s
2 Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo) + 1.153s
3 James Thompson (Alfa Romeo) + 2.991s
4 Dirk Müller (BMW) + 4.283s
5 Antonio Garcia (BMW) + 8.229s
9 Rickard Rydell (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 13.040s Positions after 12 of 20 rounds: 1 Priaulx, 72 points; 2 D.Müller, 68; 3 J.Müller, 65; 4 Tarquini, 57; 5 Giovanardi, 46; ... 8 Gené and Diefenbacher, 17; 12 Rydell, 13.
Coming up this week
Round two of the European Le Mans Series (LMES) at the Nürburgring (Saturday) ... Rounds nine and ten of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Falkenberg (Sunday) ... Round three of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Lime Rock (Monday) ...