Motorsport Newsletter 19/2006
Ingolstadt, 24 September 2006
Audi driver Tomczyk celebrates first DTM victory
DTM: 42,000 spectators witnessed in the first ever Spanish DTM race at Barcelona a spectacular battle between Audi and Mercedes-Benz, from which the Audi A4 DTM once again emerged as winner. Martin Tomczyk, who started from pole position, celebrated his first DTM victory ever at the wheel of the Red Bull A4 DTM from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Heinz-Harald Frentzen took third place and in doing so claimed his second podium finish since joining Audi. Mattias Ekstrom rounded out the Audi triumph with his fourth position, which he claimed despite being given a controversial 'drive-through' penalty after having touched the rear of the Mercedes when Schneider suddenly hit the brakes in the hairpin. Tom Kristensen, currently second in the championship, finished ninth without scoring points. The Dane held third place after the start but dropped back owing to a damaged front end after he had been attacked harshly by title rival Bernd Schneider in his Mercedes.
1-2 victory for Audi in the rain of Magione
Superstars: Audi Sport Italia scored a superior 1-2 victory in the sixth round of the Italian Superstars Touring Car Series at Magione. The Audi drivers were able to take advantage of the superior traction of their Audi RS 4 cars in the rain. Giorgio Sanna, starting from pole position, celebrated an unchallenged lights-to-flag victory. Tamara Vidali followed her team mate at the beginning of the race, but decided to play it safe following a small off controlling the Jaguar of championship leader Massimo Pigoli. Stevo Goldstein from Columbia fought his way from the third row of the grid to fourth position with the third RS 4.
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1-2 victory for SEAT at Istanbul
WTCC: With a victory and a third place at Istanbul, SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini reduced his gap to leader Andy Priaulx in the World Touring Car Championship to a single point. Team mate Rickard Rydell, who captured the pole position on the demanding track and finished in second and fourth positions respectively in the two races, has still good title chances. Germany's Peter Terting also showed two strong performances with his SEAT Leon. In the first heat he fought his way through the field from the tenth row of the grid to sixth position. He was leading the second race before he had to let his team mate Gabriele Tarquini by on the last lap. SEAT scored a 1-2 victory in the second race.
Two more victories for SEAT in the BTCC
BTCC: SEAT celebrated the tenth and eleventh victory of the season on the ninth race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) with Jason Plato. Having started from pole position, the Briton won the first two heats of the day at Brands Hatch. Finishing third in the third heat, he improved to second position in the championship classification, thus narrowing the gap to leader Matt Neal before the final meeting to 35 points.