Pre-test for the Le Mans 24 Hours Rydell, Terting and Plato score points for SEAT European Supercopa finale at Istanbul Pre-test for the Le Mans 24 Hours
The "final countdown" for the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 18/19 begins: Next Sunday, the two Audi customer teams Champion Racing (USA) and ORECA (France) will take part in the Le Mans pre-test session in preparation for the race. As requested by the regulations, the three Audi R8 sports cars will race with 50 kilograms extra ballast and about 30 hp less. On Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the two Audi teams will therefore be mainly looking for the best places to fit the extra weight. Seven of the nine Audi Le Mans drivers will be in action during the pre-test. Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish are competing in the DTM at Brno this weekend and so will not be present at the test session.
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Rydell, Terting and Plato score points for SEAT
Rickard Rydell, Peter Terting and Jason Plato collected further FIA World Touring Car Championship at Imola (Italy). In a hard-fought second heat, Rydell finished fourth. Young gun Peter Terting came home seventh just in front of his team-mate Jason Plato. Fastest SEAT driver in qualifying was Jordi Gene in third position. However, his chances to achieve a podium result were destroyed on the second lap when the Spaniard was involved in a collision and had to retire. In the second heat he moved from 28th to 14th.
European Supercopa finale at Istanbul
A European finale of the SEAT Leon Supercopa will take place for the first time at the end of the 2005 season. The "Supercopa SEAT Leon European Masters" is scheduled for November 26 at the new Grand Prix circuit at Istanbul in Turkey. The top four drivers of each of the national SEAT Leon Supercopa series from Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Turkey will be invited to compete at Istanbul.