Motorsport Newsletter 14/2004
Audi 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans
24h Le Mans: For the fourth time after 2000, 2001 and 2002, an Audi R8 has won the Le Mans 24 Hours. In front of 200,000 spectators, Audi's importer teams Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx and Team ADT Champion Racing (Audi Sport North America) scored a 1-2-3 victory for Audi. Winning the race, Seiji Ara, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen set also a new distance record.
Both Abt-Audi TT-Rs in the top ten
24h Nürburgring: In extremely difficult conditions, the two Abt-Audi TT-R touring cars finished 4th and 8th in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. At any time, the two Abt-Audi TT-R cars matched the high pace of the leaders and impressed especially with their reliability. During the whole 24 hours, no unscheduled repairs had to be carried out.
News from the Audi brand group
Second BTCC victory for SEAT
BTCC: Jason Plato scored the second victory for SEAT in the British Touring Car Championsip (BTCC) at Mondello Park. His team-mate Robert Huff finished second with his SEAT Toledo Cupra, originally making it a SEAT 1-2 victory in the second of three races. Huff, however, was excluded for touching a competitor. Plato scored points also in the other two races at Mondello Park and is now fifth in the BTCC drivers' championship.
Peter Terting defends championship lead
Despite finishing only ninth on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife due to an engine misfire, young-gun Peter Terting, supported by Audi, kept his lead in the German SEAT Leon Supercopa at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Sebastian Stahl won the race.
Results and points
Le Mans 24 Hours, 12/13 June
1 Ara/Capello/Kristensen (Audi R8) 379 laps in 24hrs 00m 55.345s
2 Davies/Herbert/Smith (Audi R8) + 41.354s
3 Lehto/Werner/Pirro (Audi R8) - 11 laps
4 Ayari/Comas/Treluyer (Pescarolo-Judd) - 17 laps
5 Biela/Kaffer/McNish (Audi R8) - 29 laps
Nürburgring 24 Hours, 12/13 June
1 Müller/Müller/Stuck/Lamy (BMW) 143 laps in 23hrs 59m 15.323s
2 Lamy/Said/Huisman/Stuck (BMW) - 1 lap
3 Luhr/Klasen/Bernhard/Manthey (Porsche) - 2 laps
4 Abt/Huisman/Stippler/Wendlinger (Abt-Audi TT-R) - 3 laps
5 Asch/Schoysman/Kinoshita/Tanaka (Nissan) - 8 laps
8 Abt/Ekblom/Ekström/Huisman (Abt-Audi TT-R) - 12 laps
Mondello Park (IRL), 13 June, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 13
1 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) 14 laps in 25m 34.125s
2 Anthony Reid (MG) + 0.227s
3 Colin Turkington (MG) + 6.400s
4 Matt Neal (Honda) + 8.820s
5 James Thompson (Vauxhall) + 10.026s
8 Robert Hulff (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 15.720s
9 Jason Plato (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 17.300s
Mondello Park (IRL), 13 June, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 14
1 Jason Plato (SEAT Toledo Cupra) 14 laps in 25m 50.141s
2 James Thompson (Vauxhall) + 7.088s
3 Luke Hines (Vauxhall) + 7.934s
4 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) + 9.260s
5 Anthony Reid (MG) + 9.592s
Mondello Park (IRL), 13 June, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 15
1 Colin Turkington (MG) 16 laps in 31m 00.567s
2 Luke Hines (Vauxhall) + 4.084s
3 Dan Eaves (Honda) + 10.195s
4 James Thompson (Vauxhall) + 10.444s
5 Tom Chilton (Honda) + 10.524s
Positions after 15 of 30 rounds: 1 Muller, 154 points; 2 Thompson, 150; 3 Reid, 104; 4 Neal, 96; 5 Plato, 89; ... 10 Hulff, 49.
Next race: Croft (GB), 25 July
Nürburgring (D), 12 June, German SEAT Leon Supercopa round 5
1 Sebastian Stahl (SEAT Leon) 4 laps in 37m 39.979s
2 Thomas Marschall (SEAT Leon) + 3.800s
3 Andreas Kolb (SEAT Leon) + 19.327s
4 Peter Scharmach (SEAT Leon) + 19.834s
5 Florian Gluber (SEAT Leon) + 19.963s
Positions after 5 of 17 rounds: 1 Terting, 80 points; 2 Marschall, 75; 3 Stahl, 65; 4 Kolb, 47; 5 Barth and Martin, 37.
Next race: Salzburgring (A), 10 July
Coming up this week
Rounds 7 and 8 of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Mantorp Park (Sunday) ... Rounds 5 and 6 of the Finnish Super 2000 Touring Car Championship at the Botniaring (Sunday) ...