BTCC: Audi Motorsport Newsletter 2004-09-27

ALMS: Audi win "Petit Le Mans" and ALMS title For a fifth consecutive time, an Audi R8 has won the "Petit Le Mans" event at Road Atlanta (USA), one of the highlights of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). On the demanding track near Atlanta, ...

Audi win "Petit Le Mans" and ALMS title

For a fifth consecutive time, an Audi R8 has won the "Petit Le Mans" event at Road Atlanta (USA), one of the highlights of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). On the demanding track near Atlanta, JJ Lehto/Marco Werner and Johnny Herbert/Pierre Kaffer secured a 1-2 victory for Team ADT Champion Racing, and in doing so clinched the Manufacturers' and Teams' titles early in the LMP1 category. JJ Lehto and Marco Werner had already wrapped up the Drivers' title. Audi have won the Manufacturers', Teams' and Drivers' titles in the top class of the ALMS for a fifth consecutive time. Following an exciting opening stage to the race, Lehto and Werner took the lead at Road Atlanta at the beginning of the second hour and kept it until the finish. The sister car lost a total of three laps due to a collision with a GT car and an excursion into the gravel.

SCCA SPEED World Challenge - GT
Audi driver Galati retains championship lead

Audi driver Michael Galati defended his lead in the overall classification of the North American SPEED GT World Challenge after a hard earned 12th place at Road Atlanta (USA). However, his lead was reduced to four points prior to the series' finale at Laguna Seca on 17 October. Following the successes in the preceding races, the series organisers implemented various restrictions on the Audi RS 6 Competition. As a consequence, at Road Atlanta the RS 6 had less power in race-spec than the road car.

Big DTM finale at Hockenheim

The organisers of the final DTM round at Hockenheim next weekend expect a record crowd of over 100,000 spectators. More than 60,000 tickets have been sold in advance. Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom has already clinched the Drivers' title, and Audi Sport Team Abt the Teams' classification. The Manufacturers' championship has yet to be decided. Audi has a nine-point lead over Mercedes-Benz coming in to the finale.

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SEAT victorious also at BTCC finale

SEAT scored another race win with the Toledo Cupra at the finale of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donington. SEAT celebrated at least one victory in each event during the second half of the season. At Donington, Jason Plato won the first of three heats from pole position despite dropping to fourth position at the start. By finishing sixth in the second heat and second in the third round, the Briton moved up to third in the final standings. The SEAT driver won seven races in the 2004 season, more than every other driver.

BTCC Masters:
Frank Biela shines in BTCC Masters

Anthony Reid won the BTCC Masters at Donington, an invitation race featuring 16 former champions and stars of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at the wheel of identical SEAT Leon cars. Frank Biela, who won the BTCC title in 1996, shined with a strong race performance. Start positions where drawn by lot and the Audi works driver was elected to start from 11th position on the grid. In the race, Biela fought his way up to third position before letting Gabriele Tarquini past on the last lap thereby narrowly missing the podium as eventual fourth placed driver.

Oil on the track cost Lamborghini third place

The Krohn-Barbour Racing Team dreamt of a GTS podium finish at the "Petit Le Mans" event for five hours. Peter Kox, David Brabham and Nic Jonsson were running in a solid third position in their Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT when Kox hit oil on the track and slid into a gravel bed. Due to a flat battery Kox could not restart the engine and had to retire. The second R-GT of the American team finished the race in fifth place of the GTS class.

Sebastian Stahl back in the lead

Sebastian Stahl regained the lead in the German SEAT Leon Supercopa after a text book victory on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. "Star of tomorrow" Peter Terting, who is supported by Audi, retired with a technical problem dropping to third position in the overall standings.

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Series ALMS , BTCC , DTM , Road racing , PWC
Drivers Johnny Herbert , David Brabham , Frank Biela , Anthony Reid , Mattias Ekström , Peter Kox , Michael Galati , Marco Werner , Jason Plato , Peter Terting , Pierre Kaffer , Gabriele Tarquini , Sebastian Stahl , JJ Lehto
Teams Team Abt