ETCC: BTCC: Audi Motorsport newsletter 2004-09-05

DTM: Audi celebrates 1-2 victory in DTM With his third victory this season, Audi driver Mattias Ekström has increased his lead in the DTM point standings. With two races to go, the Swede has 13 points more than Christijan Albers and 16 more...

DTM:
Audi celebrates 1-2 victory in DTM

With his third victory this season, Audi driver Mattias Ekström has increased his lead in the DTM point standings. With two races to go, the Swede has 13 points more than Christijan Albers and 16 more than Gary Paffett. Having started from pole position, Ekström celebrated a safe victory which was only in danger when the race was red flagged. But the Audi driver also won the re-started 10-lap "sprint". Team mate Martin Tomczyk completed the latest Audi triumph in the DTM with a double victory. In Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro, two other Audi drivers clinched points at Zandvoort.

ALMS:
Herbert/Kaffer will start in the ALMS

The Team ADT Champion Racing will enter a second Audi R8 driven by Johnny Herbert and Pierre Kaffer in the "Petit Le Mans" at Road Atlanta on 25 September and in the final of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Laguna Seca on 16 October. Both drivers competed in the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) this year for Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx. JJ Lehto and Marco Werner have already clinched this year's ALMS title.

LMES:
Audi drivers fight for LMES title

The title outcome of the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) will be decided in the 1000 kilometre race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) next weekend. All six drivers, who start for Audi in Spa, have a title chance. Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx drivers Pierre Kaffer and Allan McNish are leading their team mates Jamie Davies and Johnny Herbert by four points. Seiji Ara and Rinaldo Capello (Audi Sport Japan Team Goh) follow five points behind. The Audi R8 is undefeated in the LMES so far. At Spa, the most successful Le Mans prototype, could achieve its 50th victory.

Finnish Super 2000 Touring:
Audi driver Haapalainen wins final races

Olli Haapalainen, who has already secured the Finnish Super 2000 Touring Car Championship title, also won the two final races in Ahvenisto with his Audi A4 STCC. In the first of two rounds, the Finn enjoyed a thrilling fight with Kari Grönthal. In the second round, where the top ten drivers have to start in reverse order, Haapalainen fought his way through the field and took over the lead at mid-distance.

News from the Audi brand group

ETCC:
All three SEAT drivers collect points at Imola

At Imola (Italy), all three SEAT drivers collected points in the FIA European Touring Car Championship. Coming home in fourth, Jordi Gené twice missed out on a podium by just one place. His team mates Rickard Rydell and Frank Diefenbacher had bad luck in the first round, but made their way to the points from starting positions 11 and 17 in the second heat.

FIA-GT:
DAMS team races R-GT for the first time

At Imola, the French DAMS team raced two Lamborghini Murcièlago R-GT cars for the first time in the FIA GT Championship. One of the two new cars crossed the finish line at the team's debut race. The second Murcièlago retired at half distance.

BTCC:
Robert Huff clinches another victory for SEAT

Despite both SEAT Toledo Cupra carrying 25 kilograms of extra weight after their latest successes in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), SEAT collected another victory. In his "home" race at Snetterton, Robert Huff won the third race. In the second heat of the day, his team mate Jason Plato managed to clinch a podium result although he had only started from 11th position on the grid.

Supercopa:
Sebastian Stahl takes over championship lead

With a double victory at the Nürburgring, Sebastian Stahl took over the championship lead in the German SEAT Leon Supercopa. The former leader Peter Terting had bad luck in both races. The junior, who is supported by Audi, had started from pole position but then was touched by a competitor in the very first round. In the second heat, the main power switch of his SEAT Leon loosened.

-audi.de-

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