DTM: Audi A4 DTM makes strong debut The new Audi A4 DTM left a strong impression on its debut and made it onto the podium at its very first race. At the 2004 season opener at Hockenheim, Mattias EkstrÃ¶m drove from sixth position on the grid...
Audi A4 DTM makes strong debut
The new Audi A4 DTM left a strong impression on its debut and made it onto the podium at its very first race. At the 2004 season opener at Hockenheim, Mattias Ekström drove from sixth position on the grid to third place. His team mates in the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Martin Tomczyk and Tom Kristensen, completed the good result for Audi with fourth and fifth positions. Emanuele Pirro clawed his way impressively through the field: Having started in 13th place, the Italian made his way into the points and achieved seventh position. "That was a great team effort for Audi at the beginning of the season, even if we are not able to win just yet," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. 118,000 fans visited over the course of the weekend, providing the first DTM race of the year with a fantastic backdrop.
Audi importer teams test at Le Mans
24 h Le Mans: For the Audi importer teams Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx and Team ADT Champion Racing, the hot period of preparation for the Le Mans 24 Hour race (12/13 June) starts next weekend: The pre-test on Sunday from 09:00 to 15:00 hrs, and from 14:00 to 18:00 hrs is the only opportunity for teams to test on the non-permanent race track. The three Audi R8 prototypes will be equipped with the aerodynamic kit that had proved to be good during testing. The twelve drivers competing for the Audi importers are a mix of four former Formula one drivers, six of the nine current Audi works drivers and no less than eight Le Mans winners.
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Lamborghini Murciélago third at its first race
Strong debut of the Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT in the FIA GT Championship. At the first race of the new super sports car, Oliver Gavin and Peter Kox achieved third place at Valencia (Spain). Gavin and Kox were even leading with a margin of 40 seconds, when a blown fuse during the second pit-stop dropped them down to fifth place. The ensuing fight back netted them third place at the finish.
Strong qualifying effort of SEAT
After a strong qualifying result (fifth grid position for Frank Diefenbacher) the SEAT works team experienced disappointment at the third and fourth rounds of the FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) at Valencia: Jordi Gené and Rickard Rydell were involved in a collision right after the start and due to engine failure, Frank Diefenbacher could not compete in the second race.
Results and points
Hockenheim (D), 18 April, DTM round 1
1 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) 37 laps in 1h 00m 30.147s
2 Christijan Albers (Mercedes) + 2.258s
3 Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) + 9.200s
4 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) + 11.798s
5 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) + 13.836s
7 Emanuele Pirro (Audi A4 DTM) + 43.364s
16 Frank Biela (Audi A4 DTM) - 1 lap
Positions after 1 of 10 rounds: 1 Paffett, 10 points; 2 Albers, 8; 3 Ekström, 6; 4 Kristensen, 5; 5 Tomczyk, 4.
Next race: Estoril (P), 2 May
Valencia (E), 18 April, FIA GT Championship round 2
1 Cappellari/Gollin (Ferrari) 112 laps in 3h 01m 01.276s
2 Bobbi/Gardel (Ferrari) + 23.820s
3 Kox/Gavin (Lamborghini Murciélago GT-R) + 1m 01.863s
4 Wendlinger/Wolff/Lechner (Ferrari) + 1m 20.080s
5 Campbell-Walter/Derbyshire (Lister) - 1 lap
Positions after 2 of 11 rounds: 1 Cappellari and Gollin, 20 points; 3 Bobbi and Gardel, 16; 5 Peter, Kox, Babini and Gavin, 6.
Next race: Magny-Cours (F), 2 May
Valencia (E), 18 April, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 3
1 Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo) 13 laps in 22m 28.346s
2 Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) + 1.482s
3 Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo) + 3.859s
4 Andy Priaulx (BMW) + 5,809s
5 Dirk Müller (BMW) + 7.878s
Valencia (E), 18 April, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 4
1 Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) 13 laps in 22m 31.263s
2 Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo) + 0.179s
3 Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo) + 5.380s
4 Dirk Müller (BMW) + 5.707s
5 Jörg Müller (BMW) + 8.019s
Positions after 4 of 20 rounds: 1 Tarquini, 28; 2 Giovanardi, 26; 3 J.Müller, 22; 4. D.Müller, 21; 5 Priaulx, 20.
Next race: Magny-Cours (F), 2 May
Coming up this week
Le Mans-pre-practice (Sunday) ... SPEED GT World Challenge round 2 at Road Atlanta (Sunday) ... British Touring Car Championship rounds 4, 5 and 6 at Brands Hatch (Sunday) ...