ALMS: Record series for JJ Lehto and Marco Werner The Audi drivers JJ Lehto and Marco Werner have set a new record following their victory at the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in Portland (USA): A driver team has previously...
Record series for JJ Lehto and Marco Werner
The Audi drivers JJ Lehto and Marco Werner have set a new record following their victory at the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in Portland (USA): A driver team has previously never managed to win four races in succession in the North American race series. However, the German-Finnish duo had to work hard for this victory: Lehto had to sit out a stop-and-go penalty after a collision during the opening stages of the race, but fought his way back to the head of the field after a few laps in the Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8. Lehto and Werner sit unchallenged at the top of the leader board in the overall classification 30 points ahead.
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Audi driver Pobst narrowly misses win
Audi driver Randy Pobst narrowly missed victory at the fifth round of the North American SPEED GT World Challenge. The defending champion finished second in the Audi RS6 Competition after 31 flawless laps in Portland and, as a result, took fourth place in the championship. Michael Galati made an impressive fight back in the sister car: He was forced to start the race from the back of the grid in the spare car because of electrical problems, on the first lap he had already carved his way up to sixth place. Galati took the chequered flag in ninth place.
Ekstrom wants championship lead back
The second half of the season starts for the DTM next weekend in Germany only two weeks after the Asian invitation race in Shanghai. Audi works driver Mattias Ekstrom travels to the Nurburgring with only a three point deficit to front runner Christijan Albers and wants to take the championship lead back for Audi. The omens look good: Three of the previous five DTM races held at the Nurburgring ended in victories for Audi. It would appear that the fans are already looking forward to the duel between Ekstrom and Albers: In the week before the race more than 36,000 tickets were sold.
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Lamborghini Murcièlago out of luck
Following the first podium visit for the new Lamborghini Murcièlago at the last round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the drivers were out of luck in Portland (USA): Peter Kox and David Brabham fought for a podium place during the last third of the race, but were touched by a lapped car and were forced to retire due to broken suspension. The sister car of Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson rolled down pit lane with a gearbox problem 20 minutes before the finish of the 2 hour 45 minute.
Terting remains hot favourite for title
Bad luck for Peter Terting, the junior supported by Audi in the SEAT Leon Supercopa. The 20-year old from Kempten started from pole position at the eighth round of the one-make cup around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, but crashed into the barriers following a tyre failure while leading. Terting nevertheless remains one of the hot favourites in the championship battle with only a few points behind the leader in the championship.
Two one-twos for SEAT in Croft
Jason Plato and Robert Huff are the two big winners from the race weekend in Croft: The SEAT drivers incredibly scoring a one-two twice in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). They were wins number three four and five for SEAT this season. Jason Plato has moved up to fourth in the overall classification with the points from his two victories.