Ingolstadt, 1 May 2005 Motorsport Newsletter 3/2005 DTM: Tom Kristensen shines with strong race performance Audi achieved the first podium result for the new A4 DTM at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. In front of a crowd of 78,000 spectators, ...
Ingolstadt, 1 May 2005
Motorsport Newsletter 3/2005
Tom Kristensen shines with strong race performance
Audi achieved the first podium result for the new A4 DTM at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. In front of a crowd of 78,000 spectators, Tom Kristensen shone in the race fighting his way through the field from seventh position on the grid to second at the finish. Mattias Ekstrom came home fourth despite his Audi A4 DTM being badly damaged in an early collision. Additionally, a drive-through penalty was imposed on the reigning DTM Champion. Audi's "used cars" were also fast again: Pierre Kaffer and Frank Stippler finished fifth and sixth recording the best results for last year's cars. In the DTM standings, Mattias Ekstrom moved to third place.
Pole-position, but no luck in the race
The Audi A4 Silhouette entered by the Belgian Audi Club was the fastest car in rounds three and four of the Belgian Touring Car Series (BTCS) at Dijon. Tim Verbergt captured pole-position on the former French Grand Prix circuit and enjoyed a comfortable lead on a damp track in race one. However, after team-mate Jean-Francois Hemroulle had taken over the A4, a misfiring engine caused a retirement. In the second heat, the two Belgians were able to move from 26th place on the grid to sixth position.
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Podium finish for SEAT at Magny-Cours
At the second race weekend of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Magny-Cours (France) and Rickard Rydell claimed the first podium result of the season for SEAT. The Swede finished third in the first heat, his team-mate Jordi Gene was seventh also scoring points. German SEAT driver Peter Terting just narrowly missed his first points finishing ninth. Gene was the best SEAT driver in the second race finishing sixth.
SEAT on its way up in BTCC
At the second race meeting of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Thruxton, SEAT showed a much improved performance. Racing among the BTCC-spec cars, Jason Plato steered his SEAT Toledo Cupra built according to the international Super 2000 regulations, to second place in the first of the three heats. 36 kilos of additional handicap weight made Plato finish just fifth in the second race, which, however, saw a strong performance from team-mate James Pickford. Starting seventh, the British driver moved to fourth missing his first BTCC podium-finish by just 1.3 seconds. In the final third heat, Plato and Pickford finished fifth and sixth.
Gruber new leader of German SEAT Supercopa
Finishing third in both races, 22-year-old Florian Gruber took the lead in the German SEAT Leon Supercopa. Saturday's race at the impressive EuroSpeedway Lausitz track, was won by Marcel Lasee who narrowly beat defending champion Sebastian Stahl. On Sunday, Tobias Schulze was the winner.
Gearbox stops Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
An overheated gearbox deprived Team Reiter Engineering of a top ten finish in round two of the FIA GT Championship at Magny-Cours (France). Peter Kox and Norman Simon started in hot weather conditions from seventh position on the grid and were running 8th when they had to park their Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT just 30 minutes before the end of the race.