19 September 2004 Motorsport Newsletter Audi clinch title at DTM comeback ... Audi victory at Swedish finale ... "Petit Le Mans" with two Audi R8 sports cars ... First SEAT victory in the ETCC ... DAMS team collects further experience ... SEAT...
19 September 2004
Audi clinch title at DTM comeback ... Audi victory at Swedish finale ... "Petit Le Mans" with two Audi R8 sports cars ... First SEAT victory in the ETCC ... DAMS team collects further experience ... SEAT Leon Supercopa joins DTM
Audi clinch title at DTM comeback
Audi managed to clinch the DTM title in the very first year of their works comeback in Europe's most popular touring car series. With his fourth win of the season at the first appearance of the new DTM at Brno (CZ), Mattias Ekström secured the title already one race before the final round extending his lead to 20 points. Tom Kristensen completed the triumph with his second place giving Audi their third consecutive 1-2 victory. Together with Martin Tomczyk, Ekström also clinched the Teams' title for Audi Sport Team Abt. Only the decision in the Manufacturers' championship has to wait until the finale at Hockenheim on 3 October. Audi have taken the lead, nine points ahead of Mercedes-Benz.
Audi victory at Swedish finale
With a win and a third place at the season's finale at Mantorp Park, Fredrik Ekblom has clinched the third overall position for Audi in the Swedisch Touring Car Championship (STCC). It was the second victory of the year for Ekblom who started as the defending champion into this year's season. The Swede fought his way through the field in the first heat making it to the front from fourth position on the starting grid. In the second race, he had to start from position six on the grid and fought his way to the podium with another strong performance.
"Petit Le Mans" with two Audi R8 sports cars
Last weekend, the Audi R8 celebrated its 50th victory in a sports car race. Next Saturday, Team ADT Champion Racing would like to give the world's most successful sports car another triumph at Road Atlanta (USA). Up to now, the Audi R8 is undefeated at the "Petit Le Mans" race. For the first time, Team ADT Champion Racing competes in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) with two Audi R8 sports cars. JJ Lehto and Marco Werner, who already have clinched the Drivers' championship, will be supported in the fight for the Teams' and Manufacturers' titles by Johnny Herbert and Pierre Kaffer.
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First SEAT victory in the ETCC
At Oschersleben, SEAT celebrated their first ever victory in the FIA European Touring Car Championship with the Toledo Cupra. Sweden's Rickard Rydell won the second race from second position on the starting grid after finishing seventh in the first heat. His team mate Jordi Gené (Spain) finished sixth in both races. Frank Diefenbacher was unlucky: After being the best placed SEAT driver in qualifying, the German retired in both races of his "home" event.
DAMS team collects further experience
At its second race with the Lamborghini Murcièlago R-GT in the FIA GT Championship, the French DAMS team has collected further important experience. The team's first car retired after two third of the race while running in sixth position due to a broken drive shaft, the second R-GT completed the race in 18th place.
SEAT Leon Supercopa joins DTM
The German SEAT Leon Supercopa will get a new attractive home: From the 2005 season on, the 251-hp strong SEAT Leon cars will stage their races together with Europe's most popular Touring Car series, the DTM. The Supercopa, which races also in Spain and Great Britain, had its German premiere this year. "By joining the DTM events, the Supercopa will be even more attractive", says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, who also coordinates the SEAT motorsport activities within the Audi brand group.