LE MANS: Audi fastest in Le Mans pre-test 24h Le Mans: In the traditional pre-test for the Le Mans 24-hour race (12/13 June), the Audi R8 were a class of their own on Sunday. Despite new regulations that make narrower rear wings mandatory, Audi...
Audi fastest in Le Mans pre-test
24h Le Mans: In the traditional pre-test for the Le Mans 24-hour race (12/13 June), the Audi R8 were a class of their own on Sunday. Despite new regulations that make narrower rear wings mandatory, Audi driver Allan McNish beat last year's pole position time in the Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx Audi R8. The Scottish lapped the 13.650-kilometre track in 3m 32.615s. The other three Audi R8 sports cars placed second, third and fourth in the 52-car strong field.
2,600-kilometre journey to the DTM at Estoril
Following the opening race of the season, Audi factory teams Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest had less than one week to prepare their Audi A4 DTM cars for the second DTM round. Sunday's race, devoted to Ayrton Senna, takes place close to Portugal's capital Lisbon, about 2,600 kilometres from Germany. For the 3-day journey to Estoril, the trucks had to be loaded already one week before the event. The Audi drivers are looking forward to the 2004 DTM's first foreign race not only because of the location close to the sea: By setting the fastest overall time during official testing in March, Audi works driver Tom Kristensen showed that the Estoril track suits the Audi A4 DTM well.
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Further podium result for SEAT
With a second and a fourth place finish at Brands Hatch, Briton Robert Hulff proved that the victory of his team mate Jason Plato in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) debut at Thruxton was no coincidence. Plato, however, was unlucky at Brands Hatch: The Brit was involved in a start-collision in the first of the three races.
Results and points
Le Mans (F), 25 April, pre-test
1 Biela/Kaffer/McNish (Audi R8) 3m 32.615s
2 Davies/Herbert/Smith (Audi R8) 3m 32.627s
3 Lehto/Pirro/Werner (Audi R8) 3m 34.176s
4 Ara/Capello/Kristensen (Audi R8) 3m 34.347s
5 Brabham/Wallace (Zytek) 3m 35.132s
Race: 12/13 June
Brands Hatch (GB), 25 April, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 4
1 Matt Neal (Honda) 27 laps in 26m 43.951s
2 Robert Huff (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 0.365s
3 Tom Chilton (Honda) + 5.926s
4 James Thompson (Vauxhall) + 6.236s
5 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) + 7.214s
Brands Hatch (GB), 25 April, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 5
1 Luke Hines (Vauxhall) 24 laps in 20m 17.972s
2 James Thompson (Vauxhall) + 0.218s
3 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) + 2.081s
4 Anthony Reid (MG) + 8.212s
5 Colin Turkington (MG) + 8.850s
Brands Hatch (GB), 25 April, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) round 6
1 James Thompson (Vauxhall 24 laps in 20m 22.683s
2 Anthony Reid (MG) + 0.537s
3 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) + 0.890s
4 Robert Hulff (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 1.231s
5 Colin Turkington (MG) + 3.193s
Positions after 6 of 30 races: 1 Thompson and Muller, 64 points; 3 Reid, 46; 4 Neal, 35; 5 Hines, 29; 6 Plato, 28; 7 Huff, 26. Next race: Silverstone (GB), 9 May
Coming up this week
DTM round 2 at Estoril (Sunday) ... Season opener of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Knutstorp (Sunday) ... Rounds five and six of the FIA Touring Car Championship at Magny-Cours (Sunday) ... Marco Werner becomes 38-years old on Tuesday, Tommy Kristoffersson 45 on Saturday ...