Audi achieves dream result in LMES debut race
With a triple victory, Audi achieved a dream start in the opening round of the newly-founded Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES). Jamie Davies and Johnny Herbert won the 1000-kilometre race in the royal park of Monza ahead of their team mates Pierre Kaffer and Allan McNish. After more than five hours of racing, the margin between the two Audi R8 sports cars entered by Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx was just 0.663 seconds. Seiji Ara, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen, starting for Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, completed the Audi triumph in the 41-car strong field with their third-place finish.
DTM visits Italy
One week after the sports cars, the Touring Cars will visit Italy. The third race of the DTM season takes place on the Adria International Raceway close to Venice. The track is only 2.702-kilometres long, but has many corners that should suit the Audi A4 DTM. This puts the Audi factory team in a strong position to successfully defend their lead in the DTM Manufacturers' Championship. Audi works driver Mattias Ekstrom is third in the DTM Drivers' Championship after the first two races. Last year, the Swede finished second at Adria after an impressive race.
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Two podium results for SEAT driver Jason Plato
SEAT driver Jason Plato stepped on the podium twice in the third race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Silverstone. In the first and the third race the Brit finished third with his Toldedo Cupra. In qualifying, he had clinched the first BTCC pole position for SEAT on a damp track.
Peter Terting wins Supercopa premiere
Star-of-tomorrow Peter Terting, who is being supported by Audi, is the first leader of the German SEAT Leon Supercopa. The 20-year-old finished second in the first race at the spec series' German premiere at Oschersleben. In the second heat, which saw the top six starting in reverse positions, the youngster worked his way through the field from fifth to first, giving Team Abt Sportsline, Audi's DTM partner, their first victory.
Results and points
Monza (I), 9 May, European Le Mans Series (LMES) round 1
1 Jamie Davies/Johnny Herbert (Audi R8) 173 laps in 5hrs 05m 52.043s
2 Pierre Kaffer/Allan McNish (Audi R8) + 0.663s
3 Seiji Ara/Rinaldo Capello/Tom Kristensen (Audi R8) - 1 lap
4 Emmanuel Collard/Soheil Ayari (Pescarolo-Judd) - 4 laps
5 Martin Short/Joao Barbosa/Rob Barff (Dallara-Judd) - 5 laps
Positions after 1 of 4 rounds: 1 Davies and Herbert, 10 points; 3 Kaffer and McNish, 8; 5 Ara, Capello and Kristensen, 6.
Next race: Nurburgring (D), 3 July
Silverstone (GB), 9 May British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 7
1 Matt Neal (Honda) 16 laps in 24m 08.566s
2 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) + 3.477s
3 Jason Plato (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 6.072s
4 James Thompson (Vauxhall) + 7.970s
5 Dan Eaves (Honda) + 14.013s
Silverstone (GB), 9 May British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 8
1 James Thompson (Vauxhall) 16 laps in 24m 04.241s
2 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) + 3.227s
3 Anthony Reid (MG) + 3.452s
4 Kelvin Burt (Vauxhall) + 8.317s
5 Colin Turkington (MG) + 9.310s
Silverstone (GB), 9 May British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 9
1 Tom Chilton (Honda) 16 laps in 24m 03.166s
2 Anthony Reid (MG) + 1.136s
3 Jason Plato (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 5.030s
4 Robert Huff (SEAT Toldeo Cupra) + 5.564s
5 Carl Breeze (Alfa Romeo) + 11.232s
Positions after 9 of 30 rounds: 1 Thompson, 93 points; 2 Muller, 89; 3 Reid, 75; 4 Neal, 57; 5 Plato, 52.
Next race: Oulton Park (GB), 23 May
Oschersleben (D), 8 May, German SEAT Leon Supercopa round 1
1. Thomas Marschall (SEAT Leon) 15 laps in 25m 58.018s
2. Peter Terting (SEAT Leon) + 1.118s
3. Freddy Barth (SEAT Leon) + 2.323s
4. Sebastian Stahl (SEAT Leon) + 3.920s
5. Andreas Kolb (SEAT Leon) + 19.078s
Oschersleben (D), 9 May, German SEAT Leon Supercopa round 2
1. Peter Terting (SEAT Leon) 16 laps in 26m 21.002s
2. Sebastian Stahl (SEAT Leon) + 2.071s
3. Thomas Marschall (SEAT Leon) + 6.320s
4. Ralf Martin (SEAT Leon) + 6.700s
5. Freddy Barth (SEAT Leon) + 7.723s
Positions after 2 of 17 rounds: 1 Terting, 37 points; 2 Marschall, 34; 3 Stahl, 29; 4 Barth, 24; 5 Martin, 20.
Next race: Assen (NL), 22 May
Coming up this week
DTM press meeting at Milan with Audi works driver Emanuele Pirro (Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.) ... Round 3 of the DTM at Adria International Raceway (Sunday) ... Rounds 3 and 4 of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Falkenberg (Sunday) ... Rounds 7 and 8 of the FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) at Hockenheim (Sunday) ...