Ingolstadt, 18 September 2005
Audi Motorsport Newsletter 19/2005
Third victory in this years' DTM season for Audi
By claiming a well deserved victory after a tough fight at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Audi works driver Mattias Ekstrom recaptured the lead in the DTM. Ekstrom showed strong nerves yet again: For almost the entire race the former championship leader Gary Paffett was following him closely. Thanks to a perfect strategy, quick pit stops and absolutely faultless driving, Ekstrom managed to stay in front of the Brit throughout the race to secure Audi's third victory of the season. In the manufacturers' standings, Audi further extended its advantage over Mercedes-Benz. Audi's triumph at the EuroSpeedway was completed by Tom Kristensen finishing in third place. Best driver of a 2004-spec A4 of Audi Sport Team Joest was Rinaldo Capello, who came eleventh. Finishing in ninth place, Allan McNish narrowly missed scoring a point. After spinning, Martin Tomczyk and Frank Stippler claimed tenth and 13th place. Christian Abt was hit by another car and had to retire, as did his team-mate Pierre Kaffer.
Hard season final for Fredrik Ekblom in Sweden
Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom experienced a hard race day during the season final of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Mantorp Park. On the first lap of the first qualification race, Ekbloms Audi A4 was hit by a competitor. Due to the long repair of the wheel suspension the Swede had to start from the pitlane for the second run but still made it to a reasonable 12th place. The difficulties continued in the final race: After another quick stop for repairs 17th position was the maximum. In the championship, Fredrik Ekblom ended up on sixth place.
Two podium positions for the Audi A4 Silhouette
Jean-Francois Hemroulle and Tim Verbergt claimed two third places in the Belgian Touring Car Series (BTCS) during the Truck Grand Prix weekend at Zolder. They were leading both heats for some time with their Audi A4 Silhouette but then dropped back to third place. In the championship, Hemroulle and Verbergt are in fourth position.
News from the Audi brand group
SEAT works squad clinches points at Istanbul
The SEAT works squad clinched points at the debut of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Istanbul. Rickard Rydell claimed fifth place in the first race. In the second heat, the Swede made it to seventh place and collected points again. The new SEAT Leon of Jordi Gene suffered a tyre puncture in the first race and had to retire during the second heat. Peter Terting was involved in a collision right after the start. In the second race he fought his way from 21st to the 10th position.
Maiden win for SEAT driver Luke Hines in the BTCC
During the ninth race weekend SEAT works driver Luke Hines managed to clinch his first victory in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The star of tomorrow won the second heat at Silverstone in his SEAT Toledo Cupra. With positions two and three, his team mates James Pickford and Jason Plato achieved podium finishes in the first race of the day.