Ingolstadt, 22 May 2005 Audi Motorsport Newsletter ALMS: Audi defends American Le Mans Series lead Thanks to a strong team effort, Team ADT Champion Racing defended its lead in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In round three at Mid-Ohio, ...
Ingolstadt, 22 May 2005
Audi Motorsport Newsletter
Audi defends American Le Mans Series lead
Thanks to a strong team effort, Team ADT Champion Racing defended its lead in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In round three at Mid-Ohio, reigning champion JJ Lehto was involved in a collision with a slower GT2 car in the early stages of the race. The modular construction of the Audi R8 allowed the team to repair the badly damaged car. 40 minutes after the spectacular accident, Lehto's team-mate Marco Werner was able to rejoin the race, securing fifth place in the LM P1 class and thus defending the overall lead in the ALMS. Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro finished third in Team ADT Champion Racing's other Audi R8 in difficult conditions with rain in the closing stages of the race despite serving a stop-and-go-penalty for making contact with a GT1 car.
Audi drivers score points at season opener in Sweden
Audi drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Tommy Kristoffersson finished in fifth and sixth positions respectively in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) season opener at Knutstorp. During the debut of the reworked Audi A4 STCC, which now features the single-frame radiator grille, Fredrik Ekblom got to know the subtleties of the new race format. "Lots" are drawn for the starting positions for the first of the two qualification races -- and Ekblom drew eleventh place. The 2003 Champion fought his way up to seventh place, was second in the second qualification race and, following a 'coming together' at the start of the final race, finished fifth ahead of Tommy Kristoffersson in the other Audi A4 STCC.
Coming up next week
Rounds 7 and 8 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Imola (Sunday) ... Round 4 of the FIA GT Championship at Imola (Sunday) ... Rounds 3 and 4 of the Finish Super 2000 Race Touring Car Series at Ahvenisto (Sunday) ...