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Audi Motorsport newsletter 2005-05-15

Motorsport Newsletter 4/2005 Ingolstadt, 15 May 2005 Ekström and Kristensen catch up 1-2 victory for SEAT in WTCC Marschall new top runner in SEAT Leon Supercopa DTM Ekström and Kristensen catch up In the DTM's third round at ...

Motorsport Newsletter 4/2005
Ingolstadt, 15 May 2005

Ekström and Kristensen catch up
1-2 victory for SEAT in WTCC Marschall
new top runner in SEAT Leon Supercopa

DTM
Ekström and Kristensen catch up

In the DTM's third round at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) Audi made up ground in the overall standings. Mattias Ekström and Tom Kristensen in their Audi A4 DTM cars finished second and third on the fastest circuit of the season, reducing the distance to leader of the standings Gary Paffet, who only grabbed one point today. Having clinched sixth place, Martin Tomczyk completed the strong performance of the Audi squad. Struck by bad luck was Allan McNish. Practically sure of scoring his first DTM points, the former Formula 1 driver had to park his Audi A4 DTM three laps before the finish because of a left rear tyre puncture. Defeated below their true potential were the drivers of last year's Audi A4 DTM cars: Christian Abt, who had started from third position on the grid, forfeited his chance of a fifth-place finish when he crossed the white line at the pit lane exit, which earned him a drive-through penalty. Pierre Kaffer, who had been fifth in the qualifying, was sent into a complete spin by a rival in the early stages of the race, causing him to drop back all the way to the end of the field to ultimately finish in 14th place. Frank Stippler and Rinaldo Capello worked their way up from starting positions 20 and 18 to positions eleven and 13.

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WTCC:
1-2 victory for SEAT in WTCC

At Silverstone, SEAT had a successful third race weekend of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). In the first race, the Toledo Cupra drivers Peter Terting, Rickard Rydell and Jason Plato finished in the points with a sixth, seventh and eighth place respectively. An even better result was achieved in the second meeting when the top eight of the previous race started in the reverse order. Rydell sprinted from the first row of the grid to clinch SEAT's first victory in the new season of the series for two-litre touring cars being staged as a World Championship for the first time this year. Pole sitter Plato - coming in second - gave SEAT a one-two victory. Jordi Gené - eleventh in the first and fifth in the second race - scored important points as well.

Supercopa
Marschall new top runner in SEAT Leon Supercopa

With a victory and a second place, Thomas Marschall clinched the lead in the overall standings of the SEAT Leon Supercopa at Spa-Francorchamps. The drivers had to complete two difficult races in Belgium: while the run on Saturday was held in torrential rain, accidents kept interrupting the nine laps of the race on Sunday. Timo Schupp was thus able to convert his pole position into the first victory of the season almost effortlessly.

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Series DTM , Road racing , WTCC
Drivers Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Martin Tomczyk , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Jason Plato , Peter Terting , Pierre Kaffer , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene , Frank Stippler , Thomas Marschall , Timo Schupp