DTM

ETCC: Audi Motorsport Newsletter 2004-05-02

DTM: Audi A4 DTM stars at Estoril The new Audi A4 DTM and Mattias Ekstrom played a starring role in the DTM race at Estoril (Portugal). The 25-year old Swede took pole position in Super Pole qualifying. From the start, Ekstrom led the race ...

DTM:

Audi A4 DTM stars at Estoril

The new Audi A4 DTM and Mattias Ekstrom played a starring role in the DTM race at Estoril (Portugal). The 25-year old Swede took pole position in Super Pole qualifying. From the start, Ekstrom led the race before he was held up by a slower rival, dropping behind eventual winner Christijan Albers. Ekstrom followed the Dutchman to the line like a shadow, but was not presented with an overtaking opportunity around the tight circuit. 22-year old Martin Tomczyk celebrated his first DTM podium finish. Tom Kristensen completed the Audi success in fourth place. After two races, Audi is the new DTM Manufacturers' Championship leader, in the Drivers' Championship Mattias Ekstrom is second.

LMES:

Three Audi R8 prototypes at the LMES premiere

The new Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) celebrates its premiere at the 1000-kilometere race to be held in the King's park of Monza close to Milan (Italy) next weekend. 55 cars, including 24 prototypes, are entered for the race that starts on Sunday at 1:20 pm. Among the favourites are three Audi R8 prototypes of Audi importer teams, Audi Sport Japan Team Goh (Seiji Ara/Rinaldo Capello/Tom Kristensen) and Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx (Pierre Kaffer/Allan McNish and Jamie Davies/Johnny Herbert).

STCC:

Fredrik Ekblom narrowly misses podium

Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom only narrowly missed a podium finish at the opening races of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Knutstorp. After the reigning champion had finished a disheartening fourth in the frist race, Ekblom's Audi A4 was gunning for a podium finish in the second race. After a door-to-door duel with a competitor, whilst running second, the defending champion was given a 20-second penalty and dropped back to sixth place.

Brazil:

Abt-Audi TT-R continues to win

As the new Audi A4 competes for victory in the DTM, the Abt-Audi TT-R has started a successful career across the Atlantic: Laurent Aiello's year-old car won the "Campeonato Brasiliero de Endurance" season opener, a 1000-kilometere race in Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil. Xandy, Guto and Xandinho Negrão won by 23 laps with their TT-R that in the meantime has been painted light blue.

News from the Audi brand group

ETCC:

SEAT scores at Magny-Cours

The SEAT works team makes further progress with the Toledo Cupra in the FIA European Touring Car Championship. Frank Diefenbacher secured SEAT's best ever qualifying result with third place. However, the German's race was over almost immediately following a collision on the opening lap. Jordi Gene presented SEAT with seventh place and two points. Whilst running second, he had to retire from the second race due to electrical problems.

Supercopa:

German SEAT Leon Supercopa premiere

This coming weekend, the German SEAT Leon Supercopa celebrates its premiere at MOTOPARK Oschersleben. Also among the starters are five SEAT Leon cars entered by Team Abt Sportsline, Audi's partner in the DTM. Audi-supported star of tomorrow Peter Terting (20) drives one Leon.

Results and points

Estoril (P), 2 May, DTM round 2
1 Christijan Albers (Mercedes) 37 laps in 1hrs 00m 22.163s
2 Mattias Ekstrom (Audi A4 DTM) + 0.652s
3 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) + 3,898s
4 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) + 5.101s
5 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) + 6.036s

Positions after 2 of 10 rounds: 1 Albers, 18 points; 2 Ekstrom, 14; 3 Tomczyk, Kristensen and Paffett, 10.
Next race: Adria (I), 16 May

Knutstorp (S), 2 May, Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) round 1
1 Robert Dahlgren (Volvo) 15 laps in 16m 01.528s
2 Jan Nilsson (Volvo) + 2.800s
3 Richard Goransson (BMW) + 3.060s
4 Fredrik Ekblom (Audi A4 STCC) + 3.816s
5 Johan Stureson (Peugeot) + 11.125s

Knutstorp (S), 2 May, Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) round 2
1 Richard Goransson (BMW) 18 laps in 19m 04.760s
2 Jan Nilsson (Volvo) + 11.847s
3 Johan Stureson (Peugeot) + 15.446s
4 Tommy Rustad (Opel) + 17.941s
5 Niklas Loven (BMW) + 28.767s
6 Fredrik Ekblom (Audi A4 STCC) + 30.225s

Positions after 2 of 20 rounds: 1 Goransson, 27 points; 2 Nilsson, 25; 3 Dahlgren, 20; 4 Stureson, 18; 5 Ekblom, 16.
Next race: Falkenberg (S), 16 May

Magny-Cours (F), 2 May, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 5
1 Dirk Muller (BMW) 12 laps in 22m 14.381s
2 Jorg Muller (BMW) + 0.771s
3 Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo) + 9.209s
4 Antonio Garcia (BMW) + 10.358s
5 Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo) + 11.030s ...
7. Jordi Gene (SEAT Toldeo Cupra) + 19.790s

Magny-Cours (F), 2 May, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 6
1 Andy Priaulx (BMW) 12 laps in 22m 14.529s
2 Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo) + 5.001s
3 Augustu Farfus (Alfa Romeo) + 6.236s
4 Jorg Muller (BMW) + 9.272s
5 Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) + 10.150s

Positions after 6 of 20 rounds: 1 Tarquini, 40 points; 2 J.Muller, 35; 3 D.Muller, 34; 4 Giovanardi, 33; 5 Priaulx, 31; ... 9 Diefenbacher, 6.
Next race: Hockenheim (D), 16 May

Coming up this week
Round 1 of the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) at Monza (Sunday) ... Premiere of the German SEAT Leon Supercopa at Oschersleben (Sunday) ... Seiji Ara will be 30-years old on Wednesday, Christian Abt 37 on Saturday ...

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Series DTM , European Le Mans
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Fabrizio Giovanardi , Andy Priaulx , Antonio Garcia , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Dirk Müller , Allan McNish , Seiji Ara , Laurent Aiello , Jamie Davies , Jorg Muller , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Frank Diefenbacher , Augusto Farfus , Peter Terting , Robert Dahlgren , Pierre Kaffer , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Richard Göransson , Tommy Rustad , Alexandre Sarnes Negrao