Audi wins Le Mans for the fifth time
Class-win for Audi at the Spa 12 Hours Tommy Kristoffersson fifth at Anderstorp First victory of the season for SEAT in BTCC Audi wins Le Mans for the fifth time
For the fifth time in six years, the Audi R8 has won the Le Mans 24 Hours. In front of a record crowd of 230,000 spectators, Tom Kristensen, JJ Lehto and Marco Werner won the race with Team ADT Champion Racing\'s R8. The squad of Dave Maraj was the first American team to win Le Mans since 1967. With his seventh victory at the French endurance classic, Tom Kristensen has written Le Mans history: The Audi \"works\" driver has become the most successful Le Mans driver ever. Frank Biela, Allan McNish and Emanuele Pirro came home in third position with the second \"American\" R8. Jean-Marc Gounon, Franck Montagny and Stephane Ortelli secured fourth position for Audi PlayStation Team ORECA.
Class-win for Audi at the Spa 12 Hours
The new Audi A4 BTCS of the Belgian Audi Club had a successful race debut at the Spa-Francorchamps 12 Hours in Belgium. After 253 laps on the circuit in the Ardennes, Jean-Francois Hemroulle, Tim Verbergt and Franz Dubois finished third overall winning the class for Silhouette Touring Cars. 67 cars had started the race.
STCC: Tommy Kristoffersson fifth at Anderstorp
Tommy Kristoffersson finished fifth in round three of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (BTCC) being the best placed Audi driver for the first time this season. However, the Swede, who is both Team director and driver, was not completely satisfied: Fredrik Ekblom, who had come to Anderstorp in fourth position overall, was sent into the gravel at the start of the final race. He finished only tenth. The 2003 STCC champion dropped from 4th to 6th in the Championship classification.
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First victory of the season for SEAT in BTCC
SEAT had good reasons to celebrate after the fourth race meeting of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC): Jason Plato qualified his SEAT Toledo Cupra in pole-position and won the first of three races. Following contact with a competitor and subsequent drive through penalty and a visit in to the gravel in the second race, Jason eventually finished 10th. In race 3, which was marked by a thunderstorm and heavy rain, Plato missed a braking point and slid to 8th position before recovering to 3rd and another podium finish.