Audi Newsletter 2006-09-03

Capello/McNish clinch ALMS title early ALMS: Historical triumph for Dindo Capello and Allan McNish: With a victory at Mosport (Canada) at the wheel of their Audi R10 TDI, they clinched the drivers' title of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) ...

Capello/McNish clinch ALMS title early

ALMS: Historical triumph for Dindo Capello and Allan McNish: With a victory at Mosport (Canada) at the wheel of their Audi R10 TDI, they clinched the drivers' title of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) two races from the end of the season. The revolutionary diesel sportscar remains unbeaten after six races. At Mosport, Capello and McNish won an exciting race with a narrow margin in front of the two Lolas of the Dyson team. Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro finished fourth in the "sister" Audi a lap down following a collision with an LM P2 Porsche.

Audi celebrates third win of the season in DTM

DTM: 78,500 spectators at Zandvoort witnessed a captivating seventh DTM weekend and a commanding victory by Tom Kristensen in the Siemens Audi A4 DTM. The Dane from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline performed a perfect start to take the lead, which he relinquished for merely one lap after his first tyre change. Clinching his second victory of the season, Tom Kristensen reduced the gap to the current DTM leader, Bernd Schneider, to ten points. Martin Tomczyk finished third to complete Audi's exploit on the Dutch North Sea coast. In claiming his second consecutive podium finish, Martin Tomczyk advanced to position four of the standings. With Heinz-Harald Frentzen finishing in fifth place, and Timo Scheider as the best driver of a car from last year in sixth, two further Audi drivers scored points at Zandvoort.

Lights-to-flag victory for Tamara Vidali

Superstars: Tamara Vidali celebrated a commanding lights-to-flag victory with Audi Sport Italia's Audi RS 4 in the Italian Superstars Touring Car Series race at Varano. With her second victory of the season, the Italian reduced her gap to championship leader Massimo Pigoli, who retired at Varano and did not score, to just ten points. Giorgio Sanna was running second at the beginning of the race before he had to park his RS 4 with a broken transmission. Steven Goldstein finished his first race at the wheel of Audi Sport Italia's third RS 4 in seventh place.

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Double podium success for Yvan Muller

WTCC: Finishing third in both races, Yvan Muller was the best SEAT driver in the Brno round of the Touring Car World Championship (WTCC). The Frenchman climbed in the first race from seventh on the grid to a podium position. In the second heat, he improved by three positions and again climbed the rostrum. Jordi Gene was the second SEAT driver to score points in both races on the demanding rollercoaster-like circuit. The Spaniard finished fourth and sixth. Gabriele Tarquini suffered bad luck. The Italian had claimed pole-position in qualifying. In the first lap, however, he was punted off the track by another car and had to retire. Six race before the end of the season, SEAT lies only one point behind BMW in the manufacturers' championship.

Ninth victory of the season for SEAT in the BTCC

BTCC: On the eighth race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Jason Plato claimed his sixth personal win of the season and the ninth success of the SEAT Leon in the 2006 season. After taking a win from the lights to the flag in the first round of the day, the third-placed BTCC contender reduced the gap to the second-placed Colin Turkington to three points with two more weekends to come.

New Lamborghini team scores immediately

FIA GT: After a change in the ownership, the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT returned with a strong performance to the FIA GT Championship. Entered by Team, Christophe Bouchut and team-mate Benjamin Leuenberger scored points for an eighth-place finish in the 3-hour race held at Dijon in France.

Thrilling title fight in the SEAT Leon Supercopa

Supercopa: The fight for the crown in the German SEAT Leon Supercopa stays open: During the DTM weekend at Zandvoort, Fredy Barth and Christian Hohenadel won the two heats. Last year's ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup winner Rene Rast, however, managed to defend his lead in the championship with a third and an eleventh place. Before the last two events in October, the fight for the title is now an exciting open battle between Volkswagen junior Rene Rast, Florian Gruber and Fredy Barth.

-credit: audi motorsport

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Series ALMS , DTM , WTCC , Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Timo Scheider , Yvan Muller , Christophe Bouchut , Jason Plato , Benjamin Leuenberger , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Dindo Capello , René Rast , Florian Gruber , Christian Hohenadel , Fredy Barth , Emanuele Pirro , Giorgio Sanna
Teams Team Abt