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Norisring: Audi pre-race notes

Facts about the DTM race at the Norisring Ingolstadt -- Existing since 1947, the Norisring, which is traditionally visited by almost 150,000 spectators, is once again regarded as the highlight of the DTM season in 2008. Audi still holds...

Facts about the DTM race at the Norisring

Ingolstadt -- Existing since 1947, the Norisring, which is traditionally visited by almost 150,000 spectators, is once again regarded as the highlight of the DTM season in 2008. Audi still holds a record on the street circuit which doubles as the Ingolstadt squad's home race.

Did you know that...

... the Norisring is traditionally the home race for Audi? Ingolstadt is only about 90 kilometres from the Franconian street circuit.

... the Norisring is the only street circuit on the DTM calendar? The circuit was included in the DTM calendar for the first time in 1984; the DTM has started every season in Nuremberg since 1987.

... the DTM contests its 30th race at the Norisring this year?

... the 2008 cars from Audi and Mercedes compete for the first time since the 2008 season opener with identical weight -- namely 1,050 kilogram?

... defending champions Audi have led the standings constantly since the start of the season? Champion Mattias Ekstrom led initially before Timo Scheider took the lead in Oschersleben?

... the Norisring, at only 2.3 kilometres in length, was the shortest track on the DTM calendar for years before the "Indy Circuit" at Brands Hatch replaced it in this count in 2005?

... Audi recorded a one-two on its first start at the Norisring in its debut year in 1990 with Hans-Joachim Stuck and guest driver Walter Rohrl at the wheel of the V8 quattro?

... Walter Rohrl set the fastest lap of 55.6 seconds in the V8 quattro around the 2.3 kilometre circuit, while the fastest lap of an Audi A4 DTM last year took 49.015 seconds?

... Tom Kristensen is the only DTM driver since the last race at the EuroSpeedway to have won another race, and incredibly one of the world's most important? The Dane won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the eighth time on the 15 June and since then like to sign his emails with "TK after eight"--

... Tom Kristensen with his fastest lap of 48.446 seconds set in the Audi A4 DTM during qualifying in the 2005 season still holds the DTM track record in qualifying?

... the best lap of an Audi A4 DTM in last year's race around the Norisring was set by Alexandre Premat in 49.015 seconds at the wheel of a year old car?

-credit: audi

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