Ingolstadt, 23 October 2005
DTM: Audi driver Ekstrom DTM runner-up
In front of a record turnout of 147,000 spectators, Audi kept its word of fighting for the title in Europe's most popular touring car series to the very end. A strategy employed by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline that was as surprising as it was clever almost made it possible for Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom to defend the title successfully after all: having started from position 15 on the grid, the Swede completed the two tyre changes prescribed by the regulations in immediate succession -- a novelty in DTM history. Despite this clever move, Ekstrom had to settle for the vice champion's title. After rain had set in just before the start, his team put all the stakes on one card and changed the set-up of his Audi A4 DTM from dry to rain as late as on the starting grid -- a gamble that went unrewarded: Ekstrom finished in seventh place. Best Audi driver in the final race -- yet again --was Tom Kristensen who, in the fight for third place, had to admit defeat to the new DTM champion, Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), by merely 0.607 seconds. Frank Stippler achieved his best DTM result so far by finishing fifth in Audi Sport Team Joest's last year's A4.
Audi victory at finale in Belgium
Jean-Francois Hemroulle and Tim Verbergt, driving the new Audi A4 Silhouette, scored Audi's third victory of the season at the finale of the Belgian Touring Car Series (BTCS) at Spa-Francorchamps. Starting from pole position, the Belgian duo was able to take a narrow victory in front of the Jaguar of Jerome Thiry and Vincent Radermecker. The A4 started also the second race from pole position. Jean-Francois Hemroulle, however, dropped to sixth position at the start. Despite a spin, Hemroulle and Verbergt were able to climb back to third position. They also finished the series in third place.
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Thomas Marschall new Supercopa Champion
Thomas Marschall is the new crowned champion of the German SEAT Leon Supercopa. A fifth and a seventh position in the two final rounds during the DTM weekend at Hockenheim were enough to secure the title for the 41-year-old two points ahead of Daniel Bauer. The third place in the final classification went to Bastian Kolmsee. He won the race on Saturday but had to give up all his hopes after a crash on Sunday. The victory in the heat on Sunday went to Christian Hohenadel.