Audi Motorsport newsletter 2004 DTM Audi driver EkstrÃ¶m takes DTM lead Mattias EkstrÃ¶m and his Audi A4 DTM played another starring role during the fourth race of the DTM season at the EuroSpeedway. In front of 74,000 spectators, the Swede...
Audi Motorsport newsletter 2004
Audi driver Ekström takes DTM lead
Mattias Ekström and his Audi A4 DTM played another starring role during the fourth race of the DTM season at the EuroSpeedway. In front of 74,000 spectators, the Swede entertained with thrilling battles for the lead. Starting second, Ekström took the lead at the start. Shortly after half-distance, the Audi driver was passed by Gary Paffett, however defending his position successfully against Chrisijan Albers^Ò attacks. As Paffett was excluded after the race, Ekström and Albers eached moved up one position. After his second consecutive DTM victory, Ekström is now joint championship leader together with Albers. Emanuele Pirro finished sixth, despite being sent into a spin by a competitor in the first corner, dropping him to the back of the field.
24 Hour Countdown:
18 Audi drivers in two 24-hour races
24h Le Mans/Nürburgring: For Audi, the upcoming weekend is dominated by the two 24-hour races, held simultaneously at Le Mans and at the Nürburgring. Four Audi teams compete with a total of six cars and 18 drivers. By now, preparations for the "Audi 24-hour weekend" are complete. Last week, the three R8 customer teams, Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, Team ADT Champion Racing and Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx, practiced pit-stops. Since Thursday, the four Audi R8 sports cars are at Le Mans. The two Abt-Audi TT-R touring cars which will compete at the Nürburgring, completed their roll-out last Wednesday. Infineon Team Abt Sportsline travels to the Nürburgring on Tuesday.
Audi A4 STCC successful also in Finland
Finland: The Audi A4 STCC has also become a winning car in Finland: Supported by Audi Sport Finland, LMS Racing is competing in the Finnish Touring Car Championship that is run under Super 2000 regulations for the first time this year. At Alastaro and Hämeenlinna, Audi driver Olli Haapalainen won the first three races. In the second heat at Hämeenlinna, Haapalainen finished second in torrential rain despite the fact he had never driven the A4 in wet conditions. Giving a guest appearance for Audi Sport Finland, former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo, driving a second A4 at Hämeenlinna, captured pole position and finished second in the first race.
Results and points
EuroSpeedway (D), 6 June, DTM round 4
1 Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) 37 laps in 1hrs 02m 49.548s
2 Christijan Albers (Mercedes) + 0.308s
3 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) + 1.231s
4 Laurent Aiello (Opel) + 4.496s
5 Jean Alesi (Mercedes) + 5.760s
6 Emanuele Pirro (Audi A4 DTM) + 28.625s
9 Christian Abt (Audi A4 DTM) + 41.665s
10 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) + 41.976s
12 Frank Biela (Audi A4 DTM) + 48,656 Sek.
14 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) + 1.07,612 Min.
Positions after 4 of 10 rounds: 1 Ekström and Albers, 34 points; 3 Paffett, 15; 4 Alesi, 12; 5 Tomczyk, 11; 6 Kristensen, 10; ... 10 Pirro, 5.
Next race: Norisring (D), 27 June
Alastaro (FIN), 16 May, Finnish Super 2000 Touring Car Championship round 1
1 Olli Haapalainen (Audi A4 STCC) 10 laps in 14m 08.442s
2 Pasi Lähteenmäki (Honda) + 1.145s
3 Jani Vuorinen (VW) + 12.174s
4 Kari Grönthal (BMW) + 18.182s
5 Indrek Sepp (VW) + 19.954s
Alastaro (FIN), 16 May, Finnish Super 2000 Touring Car Championship round 2
1 Olli Haapalainen (Audi A4 STCC) 17 laps in 23m 55.148s
2 Pasti Lähteenmäki (Honda) + 1.985s
3 Martti Huttunen (SEAT Toldeo Cupra) + 19.080s
4 Indrek Sepp (VW) + 19.996s
5 Jani Vuorinen (VW) + 28.937s
Hämeenlinna (FIN), 30 May, Finnish Super 2000 Touring Car Championship round 3
1 Olli Haapalainen (Audi A4 STCC) 10 laps in 15m 14.862s
2 Mika Salo (Audi A4 STCC) + 0.139s
3 Kari Grönthal (BMW) + 22.976s
4 Indrek Sepp (VW) + 23,439s
5 Jani Vuorinen (VW) + 32.025s
Hämeenlinna (FIN), 30 May, Finnish Super 2000 Touring Car Championship round 4
1 Kari Grönthal (BMW) 17 laps in 27m 49.649s
2 Olli Haapalainen (Audi A4 STCC) + 35.661s
3 Jani Vuorinen (VW) + 37.816s
4 Kari Irri (Nissan) + 53.281s
5 Jukka Ylitalo (BMW) + 1m 00.657s
Positions after 4 of 12 rounds: 1 Haapalainen, 81 points; 2 Grönthal, 57; 3 Vuorinen, 54; 4 Läteenmäki, 48; 5 Sepp, 46.