PRESS STATEMENT FROM AUDI SPORT UK 22/4/96 AUDI SPORT CONFIDENT IN APPEAL OUTCOME Audi Sport is confident that the Audi A4 quattro complies in full with the regulations concerning its participation in the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car ...
PRESS STATEMENT FROM AUDI SPORT UK 22/4/96
AUDI SPORT CONFIDENT IN APPEAL OUTCOME
Audi Sport is confident that the Audi A4 quattro complies in full with the regulations concerning its participation in the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship and indeed any Super Touring Car series in the world.
The four-wheel-drive car won the FIA World Cup Touring Car Manufacturers' title last year as well as the Italian Super Touring Car Championship scoring race wins in Germany and South Africa, and raced without question.
Following Audi's third victory from the opening four races of this year's BTCC, Vauxhall Sport protested the legality of the Audi A4 quattro's front suspension at Brands Hatch last Sunday.
Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich commented: 'The suspension on the Audi A4 quattro was passed legal by the FIA 19 months ago and we have not changed anything. Audi Sport race the A4 quattro in many countries and have had our cars scrutinised over 50 times. It was scrutinised at Donington Park for the opening races in the BTCC and there was no problem.
'We have asked the FIA in Paris to confirm in writing our car's legality concerning the Super Touring Car regulations. Nothing has changed on our car which this year is racing in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Africa and Spain as well as the UK. Our car is perfectly legal.'
Monaco-based German Frank Biela won the opening three rounds of the BTCC but was disqualified from fourth place in the fourth round at Brands yesterday following Vauxhall Sport's protest. Biela was also docked two maximum 30-point scores demoting him from first to seventh position in the Driver's standings while Audi slipped from first to fifth in the Manufacturers' Championship.
Audi Sport UK team manager John Wickham confirmed: 'Audi Sport UK's appeal will be heard at the RAC MSA's headquarters on either Monday or Wednesday next week.'
In addition to Audi's early victories in the British series, the four- wheel-drive A4 quattro has already chalked up wins in South Africa and Australia plus Belgium and Italy last weekend.
-- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing