ETCC: Audi Motorsport Newsletter 2004-10-10

Audi drivers seeking record in the ALMS ... Frank Diefenbacher best SEAT driver ... Sebastian Stahl wins SEAT Leon Supercopa ... Heat battle at Dubai ... ALMS: Audi drivers seeking record in the ALMS JJ Lehto and Marco Werner are seeking a ...

Audi drivers seeking record in the ALMS ... Frank Diefenbacher best SEAT driver ... Sebastian Stahl wins SEAT Leon Supercopa ... Heat battle at Dubai ...

ALMS:
Audi drivers seeking record in the ALMS

JJ Lehto and Marco Werner are seeking a record with Team ADT Champion Racing's Audi R8 in the final round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Laguna Seca (California). In their first season together as co-drivers, the Audi drivers have already won six races, thus tying the record of Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello from the 2000 season. By winning also at Laguna Seca, Lehto/Werner would be the first drivers of the series to take seven overall race wins in a single season. The race starts on Saturday at 4 p.m. local time and will end at dusk after four hours. On Sunday, Laguna Seca will host also the final round of the SPEED GT World Challenge. Audi driver Michael Galati leads the series prior the finale by four points.

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ETCC:
Frank Diefenbacher best SEAT driver

Frank Diefenbacher was the best SEAT driver in the finale of the FIA European Touring Car Championship at Dubai, held in extremely hot and humid conditions. In the first of the two heats, the German fought his way from 12th position on the grid to fifth place with his SEAT Toledo Cupra. In the second heat, the SEAT driver just narrowly missed out on the podium with a fourth-place finish. Rickard Rydell caught a puncture in the first heat, retiring from the second race after a lap-one accident. Jordi Gene was unable to participate in race two following an engine failure in the first heat.

SUPERCOPA:
Sebastian Stahl wins SEAT Leon Supercopa

In the season's finale at Oschersleben, Sebastian Stahl clinched the title in the SEAT Leon Supercopa, held for the first time in Germany in 2004. By finishing fourth in the first of the finale's two heats, the 26-year-old wrapped up the title prematurely on Saturday. Peter Terting, a 'star-of-tomorrow' supported by Audi, won the first race at Oschersleben. The 20-year-old finished second overall and secured also the junior trophy of the SEAT Leon Supercopa.

FIA-GT:
Heat battle at Dubai

Drivers had to cope with temperatures of 40 degrees centigrades and 85 percent humidity in the penultimate round of the FIA GT Championship at Dubai. Andrea Piccini had no problems with these extreme conditions: Starting from 14th position on the grid with Team DAMS' Lamborghini Murcièlago R-GT, Piccini moved into the top ten within a few laps. The Italian was running a strong fifth before his first scheduled pit-stop. A gearbox failure, however, prematurely ended the race for Piccini and team-mate Jean-Denis Deletraz after 55 of 88 laps. The second R-GT of Team DAMS also retired.

Coming up this week

Finale of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Laguna Seca (Saturday) ... Finale of the SPEED GT World Challenge at Laguna Seca (Sunday) ...

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Series ALMS , Road racing , Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Andrea Piccini , Rinaldo Capello , Allan McNish , Michael Galati , Jean-Denis Deletraz , Marco Werner , Frank Diefenbacher , Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene , Sebastian Stahl , JJ Lehto
Teams DAMS