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Audi newsletter 2010-02-07

Official DTM tests at Valencia DTM: Eleven weeks from now, the new DTM season will start at the Hockenheimring. Before the first race and the presentation in Wiesbaden on April 18, the official DTM test days are scheduled from March 24 to 27 at...

Official DTM tests at Valencia

DTM: Eleven weeks from now, the new DTM season will start at the Hockenheimring. Before the first race and the presentation in Wiesbaden on April 18, the official DTM test days are scheduled from March 24 to 27 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia (Spain). Audi plans to test with the complete 2010 DTM squad.

New signings complete first R15 TDI test

Le Mans: During several days of testing at Sebring (USA) Audi's new signings Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer had the opportunity to reel off their first test kilometers in the Audi R15 TDI. The car used at Sebring was an interim model. The roll-out of the 2010-spec Le Mans vehicle bearing the internal designation "R15 plus" is scheduled for the end of February/beginning of March.

Lucas Luhr will be reserve driver for Le Mans

Le Mans: Aud has nominated Audi "factory" driver Lucas Luhr as a reserve driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France). The winner of the 2008 American Le Mans Series will be more extensively involved in Audi's GT3 project this year. At Sebring, he ran tests in the endurance version of the Audi R8 LMS that will be used by several customer teams in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring.

Two private Audi R10 TDI cars at Le Mans

Le Mans: A total of five Audi prototypes will compete in the 24-hour race at Le Mans on June 12/13. The private Kolles team had their two entries accepted and, like last year, will field two Audi R10 TDI cars. In addition, the private German team has entered the entire 2010 Le Mans Series.

Marco Werner in the Audi R8 LMS

Customer sport: Although his "factory" contract has expired, Marco Werner will continue to be associated with the Audi brand and the Volkswagen Group -- in the form of racing commitments in the Audi R8 LMS, among others. Werner, who is now 43, contested his first race for Audi at Le Mans in 2002 and has won the 24-hour race a total of three times. In addition, he clinched three titles in the LMP1 class of the American Le Mans Series and victories in the 12-hour race at Sebring (USA) and the "Petit Le Mans" race at Road Atlanta (USA) for Audi.

Mike Rockenfeller wins at Daytona

GrandAm: Successful start of the season for Audi "factory" driver Mike Rockenfeller: The 26-year-old received approval from Audi Sport to compete in the 24-hour race at Daytona Beach (USA) in a Porsche-Riley and won the American endurance classic together with Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller and Ryan Dalziel. From Daytona, "Rocky" directly traveled to Sebring for tests with the Audi R15 TDI.

Ekstrom and Scheider at the "Hahnenkamm"

DTM: The two Audi "factory" drivers Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider were among the many prominent guests attending the famous Hahnenkamm ski race in Kitzbuhel (Austria) and the "Audi Night" which kicked off the legendary winter sport event for the ninth time.

DTM Champion officially opened Audi Center

DTM: In mid-January, the new Audi Center Mainz was officially opened. It is one of the first Audi Centers in Germany to implement Audi AG's new terminal concept. DTM Champion Timo Scheider was one of the guests at the official opening ceremony.

Timo Scheider at "ball of sport"

DTM: Audi "factory" driver Timo Scheider and his partner Jasmin Rubatto were among the guests at the "ball of sport" that celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday night at Wiesbaden's Rhein-Main Halls. On April 18, Wiesbaden will also be the venue of the official DTM presentation for the first time. Scheider arrived at the "ball of sport" with an Audi R8 Safety Car from the DTM.

Tom Kristensen in rehabilitation

Le Mans: At the beginning of January, Tom Kristensen tore the heel tendon of his left leg while playing badminton. The Le Mans record winner underwent surgery and has started an extensive rehabilitation program under the supervision of Audi Sport's team physician Dr. Christian John in order to be fit in time for the start of the season. The Dane will also participate in the traditional Audi winter camp in Ofterschwang.

-source: audi

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Series DTM , GRANDAM , LE MANS , EUROPEAN LE MANS
Drivers Andre Lotterer , Ryan Dalziel , Tom Kristensen , Lucas Luhr , Marcel Fassler , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström , Joao Barbosa , Marco Werner , Benoit Tréluyer , Mike Rockenfeller , Jasmin Rubatto

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