ALMS: Audi R10 TDI remains unbeaten The Audi R10 TDI remained unbeaten also in its fourth race: The prototype which became the first diesel-powered sportscar to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race, added another victory in the sixth round of...
Audi R10 TDI remains unbeaten
The Audi R10 TDI remained unbeaten also in its fourth race: The prototype which became the first diesel-powered sportscar to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race, added another victory in the sixth round of the American Le Mans Series at Portland (US state Oregon). In the third race for the Audi R10 TDI in the US, Dindo Capello (Italy) and Allan McNish (Scotland) triumphed ahead of their team-mates Frank Biela (Germany) and Emanuele Pirro (Italy) to score the first double victory of the Audi R10 TDI. With their fourth victory of the season McNish and Capello further extended their lead in the championship.
Tom Kristensen maintains chances for title
In front of a record crowd of 147,000 Audi driver Tom Kristensen clinched four points at Nuremberg's Norisring, thus safeguarding his chances of winning the title. At the season's mid-point the Dane from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline is ranking merely eight points behind the front runner, Bernd Schneider, in second place of the standings. In spite of overheating brakes across the entire race and a loosened part of the front bonnet, Kristensen crossed the finish line in fifth place. Mattias Ekstrom who was fourth in the Red Bull Audi A4 DTM until the dying laps of the race made a braking mistake when attacking Mika Hakkinen and eventually finished sixth. With Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) coming seventh, and Pierre Kaffer (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) eighth, two A4 cars from last year scored points as well.
Audi RS 4 wins again
Team Audi Sport Italia's new Audi RS 4 scored its second consecutive victory in round four of the Italian Superstars Touring Car Series at Mugello. The winner was again Giorgio Sanna who had a fierce battle with Max Pigoli's Jaguar S-Type R before eventually crossing the line with a 3.414-second margin. Imola winner Tamara Vidali just missed the podium by finishing fourth with the other RS 4.
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Florian Gruber conquers the championship lead
With a fourth place on Saturday and second position on Sunday Florian Gruber conquered the championship lead of the German SEAT Leon Supercopa. At halftime of the season the 23-year-old German is leading Rene Rast by only four points. The champagne for the winners at the Norisring was reserved for Finnish driver Mikko Heino and the 2005 champion Thomas Marschall.