Audi Motorsport Newsletter
Ingolstadt, 15 October 2006
Podium finish for Audi at Le Mans
DTM: In front of 34,000 spectators, Tom Kristensen was the best Audi driver in the successful debut race of the DTM around the Circuit Bugatti at Le Mans. The Dane had put himself in an excellent position, to possibly take the championship fight to the finale, after securing second place on the grid. However, at the start the Dane lost three positions and the title chances as a result. Kristensen fought his way back up to third, but he dropped to third overall in the championship standings and is now three points behind Bruno Spengler. Fifth position for Bernd Schneider was enough to win the title with a race to spare. Barcelona winner Martin Tomczyk who started from eighth position secured fourth place in the 2006 DTM championship standings with one race still to run after finishing a fighting fourth in Le Mans. Timo Scheider as highest placed finisher in a year-old A4 claimed one more point for Audi in eighth position.
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SEAT wins BTCC manufacturers' title
BTCC: For the first time, SEAT won the coveted manufacturers' trophy of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). James Thompson's fifth place and Jason Plato's eighth position secured the title for the Spanish brand in the first of three heats of the finale at Silverstone. Jason Plato finished runner-up in the drivers' championship classification.
Points for SEAT drivers at Valencia
WTCC: Peter Terting was the most successful SEAT driver of the WTCC event at Valencia (Spain). The young German took fifth place with his Leon in the first race of the weekend. In the second race Frenchman Yvan Muller scored points for SEAT finishing sixth. SEAT drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Rickard Rydell, who are in the top five of the championship, struggled with the success ballast they had to take onboard their Leon cars. Both were also involved in accidents during the races and scored no points. Before the final round of the championship in Macao, both are still in contention for the driver's title.
Title will be decided at season finale
Supercopa: The title in the German SEAT Leon Supercopa will only be decided at the season finale at Hockenheim. After two spectacular races at Le Mans neither Rene Rast, who won the heat on Saturday, nor Florian Gruber or Fredy Barth were able to score enough points to clinch the championship. The title fight is now open between these three drivers. Christian Hohenadel won the race on Sunday. But despite his third victory of this season he has no more chance to win the title.
Bad luck after good starting position
FIA-GT: The strong performance of Christophe Bouchut and Peter Kox at the ninth round of the FIA GT Championship at Adria was not honoured with a good result. Having started from fourth position, Bouchut defended third place with the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT. After 43 laps he handed the car over to Peter Kox who had to retire after only three laps with a broken transmission.