Audi Motorsport Newsletter Ingolstadt, 29 October 2006 DTM: Audi closes out DTM finale on the podium Tom Kristensen claimed another podium finish for Audi in front of a record crowd of 149,000 spectators at the DTM finale at Hockenheim....
Audi Motorsport Newsletter
Ingolstadt, 29 October 2006
Audi closes out DTM finale on the podium
Tom Kristensen claimed another podium finish for Audi in front of a record crowd of 149,000 spectators at the DTM finale at Hockenheim. The Dane driving for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline finished third in a riveting race characterised by hard fought battles and numerous retirements. Despite the front suspension of Kristensen's Siemens Audi A4 DTM being damaged after contact with Jamie Green's Mercedes during the opening stages of the race, he kept new DTM Champion Bernd Schneider at bay for the entire distance.
Pole sitter man Heinz-Harald Frentzen took the lead in the Veltins A4 at the start. The former Formula 1 driver led the field for the opening ten laps before having to concede his position to eventual winner Bruno Spengler. Frentzen was in sixth position before a misunderstanding and subsequent collision with Mattias Ekstrom put both Audi drivers out of the race four laps from home.
To this point all four Audi A4 DTM cars were in point scoring positions. Mattias Ekstrom had carved his way through the field from 14th to seventh, after opting for late pit stops, to join the group containing Tom Kristensen, Bernd Schneider, Martin Tomczyk and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who had been fighting tooth and nail for position throughout the entire race.
Martin Tomczyk finished just behind Bernd Schneider. Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) and Christian Abt (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) also scored points in sixth and seventh places respectively as best drivers of year old cars.
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