BTCC: Audi Motorsport newsletter 2005-06-06

Ingolstadt, 06 June 2005 Motorsport Newsletter 7/2005 Audi takes DTM lead Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom makes up ground No surprises at Le Mans pre-test Two podium finishes for SEAT in BTCC DTM: Audi takes DTM lead. At Brno, defending champion...

Ingolstadt, 06 June 2005
Motorsport Newsletter 7/2005

Audi takes DTM lead Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom makes up ground
No surprises at Le Mans pre-test
Two podium finishes for SEAT in BTCC

DTM:
Audi takes DTM lead.

At Brno, defending champion Mattias Ekstrom gave the new Audi A4 DTM its first victory and took the overall lead of Europe's most popular Touring Car Series. With his second-place finish, Tom Kristensen made a perfect 1-2 victory. The two Audi drivers had a thrilling fight with the former runner-up of the Formula 1 World Championship, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, before taking the lead and increasing the gap to almost 25 seconds. In front of 38,000 spectators, Audi also showed a strong team performance: Five of the eight Audi A4 DTM cars scored points with top-eight positions. Allan McNish scored his first ever DTM points, finishing seventh despite a 'drive-trough' penalty. Christian Abt was the best driver of a year-old car in sixth position, Frank Stippler finished eighth. Almost 2.5 million spectators watched the race "live" on German TV.

STCC:
Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom makes up ground

Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom improved his position from 5th to 4th in round two of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) staged at Karlskoga on Monday. In changing weather conditions, Ekblom finished fifth in the first of the two qualifying races behind team-mate and team owner Tommy Kristoffersson. By finishing second in the second qualifying heat, the former STCC champion secured the third spot on the grid for the final race which was interrupted by a rain shower and had to be re-started. Ekblom took the lead but slipped off the track in the tricky conditions and had to be finally content with fifth position. Tommy Kristoffersson finished tenth in the other Audi A4 STCC.

Le Mans:
No surprises at Le Mans pre-test

The traditional Le Mans pre-test session for the Le Mans 24 Hours (18/19 June) produced no surprises. In the absence of Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish who were competing in the DTM race at Brno, the two Audi importer teams, ADT Champion Racing (USA) and Audi PlayStation Team ORECA (France), completed their test programmes during the nine hours. As expected by the Audi technicians, the Audi R8 sports cars were about six seconds slower than the fastest car due to the handicaps imposed by the regulations (50 kilograms extra weight and about 30 hp less). The Audi teams are nevertheless still calculating to be in a position to fight for victory thanks to the reliability of the Audi R8 and the low fuel consumption of the Audi Turbo FSI engine. Fastest Audi driver in pre-practice was JJ Lehto in fourth position. The two other Audi R8 sports cars set the seventh and eighth fastest times respectively.

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BTCC:
Two podium finishes for SEAT in BTCC

In the third race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Brands Hatch, SEAT recorded its best result of the season. Jason Plato moved from eighth on the grid of race 1 to fourth, improving to second in the second heat. After hard battles, he finished the third race in third position.

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Series BTCC , DTM , Le Mans
Drivers Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Jason Plato , Frank Stippler , JJ Lehto