Audi Motorsport newsletter 2004-07-18

DTM: Audi driver Ekstrom third after impressive race Finishing third, Mattias Ekstrom was the best placed Audi driver in the DTM invitation race in Shanghai (China). The Swede, driving an Audi A4 DTM, stormed through the field from ninth on the...

DTM:
Audi driver Ekstrom third after impressive race

Finishing third, Mattias Ekstrom was the best placed Audi driver in the DTM invitation race in Shanghai (China). The Swede, driving an Audi A4 DTM, stormed through the field from ninth on the grid to third position. Rinaldo Capello finished his DTM debut race in fifth place. Audi lost the chance to win the Shanghai race on the opening lap when the three fastest Audi A4 DTM cars from qualifying retired in collisions. The race started with almost five hours delay due to works on the track.

ALMS:
Lehto/Werner achieve hat-trick

Team ADT Champion Racing achieved a hat-trick in round four of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Infineon Raceway near San Francisco (USA): JJ Lehto and Marco Werner, driving an Audi R8, scored their third consecutive ALMS victory, further extending their lead in the series. On Saturday, Werner had won pole in the first-ever single car qualifying of the ALMS. Werner battled with the fastest MG Lola in the opening stages of the race before opening a gap and handing over the R8 with a clear lead to JJ Lehto.

SCCA SPEED GT:
Audi driver Galati defends lead

Finishing 13th at Infineon Raceway, Audi driver Michael Galati has defended his lead in the North American SPEED GT World Challenge. Team-mate Randy Pobst finished seventh with Champion Racing's second Audi RS 6 Competition. Following the successes in the recent races, both Audis had to carry massive handicap weights. After a good start, Galati was running initially fourth before his car was bumped more than once from behind. This contact would ultimately cause some damage to his RS 6, dropping to 13th position.

STCC:
Fredrik Ekblom makes up ground

In the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC), Fredrik Ekblom has reduced the gap to second placed Robert Dahlgren to ten points. At Knutsorp (Sweden), Fredrik Ekblom and his team-mate Tommy Kristoffersson, driving a pair of Audi A4 STCC cars, finished both races in front of Dahlgren. Ekblom moved from ninth on the grid to seventh position in the first race. In the second race, the Audi driver was running fifth, before losing a position in a battle with pole sitter Johan Stureson.

News from the Audi brand group

ALMS:
First podium result for Lamborghini

In its third race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Krohn-Barbour Racing Team scored the first ALMS podium result for the new Lamborghini Murcièlago R-GT. At Infineon Raceway, Tracy Krohn and Dave McEntee finished second in the GTS class despite serving a stop-and-go-penalty following contact with another car. The second Murcièlago, driven by David Brabham and Peter Kox, retired after 25 minutes due to a differential failure.

Supercopa:
Peter Terting celebrates two victories

Shortly before leaving for the DTM invitation race at Shanghai, "Star of Tomorrow" Peter Terting, who is supported by Audi, celebrated two more victories in the German SEAT Leon Supercopa further extending is lead in the overall classification. At Salzburgring, the 20-year-old was unrivalled in race one, winning race two after an exciting battle with Sebastian Stahl.

Coming up this week

Audi Japan Press Conference with the Le Mans winning team and Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich in Tokyo (Tuesday) ... Round 5 of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Portland (Sunday) ... Round 5 of the SPEED GT World Challenge at Portland (Sunday) ... Round 8 of the German SEAT Leon Supercopa at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife (Saturday) ... Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the British Touring Car Championship at Croft (Sunday) ...

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Series ALMS , DTM , PWC
Drivers David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Randy Pobst , Mattias Ekström , Peter Kox , Michael Galati , Dave McEntee , Marco Werner , Peter Terting , Robert Dahlgren , Tracy Krohn , Sebastian Stahl , JJ Lehto