DTM: Audi DTM teams present themselves The official countdown to the 2004 DTM season opener, on April 18 at Hockenheim, begins with the DTM presentation held on the city hall market square in Hamburg. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and Audi...
Audi DTM teams present themselves
The official countdown to the 2004 DTM season opener, on April 18 at Hockenheim, begins with the DTM presentation held on the city hall market square in Hamburg. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest, the two works teams, unveil their new race cars sporting the finalised sponsor design to the public for the first time. Christian Abt and Mattias Ekström will make a few demonstration laps around the 'Binnenalster Lake' with their Audi A4 DTM cars. The 2004 DTM season will already have been opened ceremoniously on Monday evening with a grand gala evening, to which VIPs from sport, show business, politics and culture are invited. Among the guests is lady downhill skier Maria Riesch who, as 'star of tomorrow', established herself in the Ski World Cup elite this winter. The 19-year old is a member of the national Alpine team of long standing Audi partner the DSV (German Ski Association).
DTM dress rehearsal at Brno
The two works teams Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest travel directly from the DTM presentation in Hamburg to Brno in the Czech Republic, where, from Thursday to Sunday, the last official DTM test is held before the season starts. Three race cars are available for the six Audi DTM works drivers during the "DTM dress rehearsal". The construction of the remaining three race cars has already started at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt.
Audi completes test race on Nordschleife
24h Nürburgring: As preparation for the race on 12/13 June, Infineon Team Abt Sportsline completes a test race around the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring this coming weekend. The newcomers Patrick Huisman and Frank Stippler, as well as Karl Wendlinger, open their accounts in the Abt-Audi TT-R at the BFGoodrich Endurance Championship's opening race of the season on April 3. Fredrik Ekblom, who drives a second Abt-Audi TT-R with Christian Abt and Mattias Ekström in June, will also gather additional experience on the Nordschleife: The Swede contests the race in a privately entered Audi A4 quattro.
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SEAT collects points at season opener
Positive season start for SEAT in the European Touring Car Championship. Frank Diefenbacher finished in the points driving a SEAT Toledo in both races at Monza. In the first race the German crossed the line in eighth place, in the second race Diefenbacher finished sixth. Jordi Gené completed the good result for SEAT with eighth position in the second race.
Coming up next week
DTM presentation in Hamburg (Tuesday) ... Unveiling of Audi A4 STCC contesting 2004 Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) 2004 at the Audi Forum Stockholm (Tuesday) ... Frank Biela introduces the Audi A4 DTM at the AUDI AG works meeting in Ingolstadt (Wednesday), on the following day Martin Tomczyk makes factory visit in Neckarsulm ... Official DTM test at Brno (Thursday to Sunday) ... Infineon Team Abt Sportsline test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (Saturday) ... Peter Terting, the junior supported by Audi, who contests the SEAT Leon Supercopa this year tests his new race car together with team colleague Christina Surer in a long distance race on the Nordschleife (Saturday) ...