DTM: DTM returns to Germany Following two foreign races, the DTM returns to its German home next weekend. The fourth race of the season if Europe's most popular touring car series takes place 130 kilometres south of Berlin, on the EuroSpeedway...
DTM returns to Germany
Following two foreign races, the DTM returns to its German home next weekend. The fourth race of the season if Europe's most popular touring car series takes place 130 kilometres south of Berlin, on the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Audi factory drivers Mattias Ekstrom, who gave the new Audi A4 DTM its first race victory at Adria International Raceway in Italy, is currently just two points behind leader Christijan Albers. Best placed German driver after three races his his team mate Martin Tomczyk. The organisers are expecting a crowd of over 70,000 spectators for the race weekend. Audi works driver Emanuele Pirro could already taste the enthusiasm of the East German for the DTM on Saturday: About 15,000 spectators watched the demonstration laps of the DTM cars downtown Berlin.
Audi 1-2 victory at Lime Rock
In the second round of the North American SPEED GT World Challenge, Randy Pobst and Michael Galati managed to give Audi a 1-2 victory with their pair fo Audi RS 6 Competition races. The Audi drivers had laid the foundation for Champion Racing's first success of the season already in qualifying: Pobst and Galati set the fastest times right at the beginning of the session, coming back to the pits immediately afterwards and saving their tyres for the race - a strategy that paid off on the winding track, taking full advantage of the quattro drive.
Audi Pilot Ekblom on the podium again
Audi driver Fredrik Ekblom stepped on the podium also in the Swedish Touring Car Championship's (STCC) third race weekend. After finishing sixth in the first race, the defending champion took third place in the second heat following a fierce fight with Championship leader Richard Goransson and Tomas Engstrom.
24 Hour Countdown:
Countdown to Le Mans and Nurburgring runs
24h Le Mans/Nurburgring: The countdown to the two 24-hour races at Le Mans and Nurburgring, held at the same time this year, has begun for the Audi teams. Audi Sprot UK Team Veloqx will complete a last test on Tuesday (1 June) at Snetterton beforte sending the Audi R8 cars to Le Mans. For the teams, the Le Mans week starts on Monday (7 June) with scutineering. The next 14 days will be especially stressing for Team Abt Sportsline, which competes in next weekend's DTM race at EuroSpeedway before racing in the Nurburgring 24 Hours just a week after.
News from the Audi brand group
Best ETCC result for SEAT
For the second consecutive time the SEAT factory team has captured the pole position in the FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC): After Jordi Gene hat secured the first ever pole for SEAT at Hockenheim, is team mate Rickard Rydell was fastest in qualifying at Brno (Czech Republic). Finishing second in the first race, the Swede also managed to achieve SEAT's bester ever race result in the European Championship. In the second head, the Toledo was the best front-wheel-drive car yet again: Frank Diefenbacher finished third, consequently giving SEAT another podium result.
Results and points
Lime Rock (USA), 31 May, SPEED GT World Challenge round 2
1 Randy Pobst (Audi RS 6 Competition) 46 laps in 51m 11.187s
2 Michael Galati (Audi RS 6 Competition) + 0.144s
3 Max Angelelli (Cadillac) + 0.257s
4 Tommy Archer (Chrysler) + 0.619s
5 Andy Pilgrim (Cadillac) + 3.394s
Positions after 2 of 9 rounds: 1 Angelelli, 60 points; 2 Galati, 55; 3 Pilgrim, 48; 4 Archer, 47; 5 McClure, 42.
Next race: Mid-Ohio (USA), 27 June
Karlskoga (S), 31 May, Shwedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) round 5
1 Richard Goransson (BMW) 12 laps in 14m 04.726s
2 Robert Dahlgren (Volvo) + 10.373s
3 Tomas Engstrom (Honda) + 11.537s
4 Jan Nilsson (Volvo) + 12.204s
5 Tommy Rustad (Opel) + 13.094s
6 Fredrik Ekblom (Audi A4 STCC) + 13.753s
10 Tommy Kristoffersson (Audi A4 STCC) + 27.126s
Karlskoga (S), 31 May, Shwedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) round 6
1 Richard Goransson (BMW) 15 laps in 17m 47.011s
2 Tomas Engstrom (Honda) + 2.210s
3 Fredrik Ekblom (Audi A4 STCC) + 2.792s
4 Robert Dahlgren (Volvo) + 8.034s
5 Johan Stureson (Peugeot) + 15.767s
Positions after 6 of 20 rounds: 1 Goransson, 73 points; 2 Dahlgren, 65; 3 Nilsson, 61; 4 Ekblom 56; 5 Engstrom, 48.
Next race: Mantorp Park (S), 20 June
Brno (CZ), 30 May, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 9
1 Andy Priaulx (BMW) 10 laps in 22m 12.963s
2 Rickard Rydell (SEAT Toldeo Cupra) + 3.335s
3 Antonio Garcia (BMW) + 4.254s
4 Dirk Muller (BMW) + 5.033s
5 Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) + 18.558s
8 Frank Diefenbacher (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 20.104s
Brno (CZ), 30 May, FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) round 10
1 Dirk Muller (BMW) 10 laps in 22m 19.951s
2 Andy Priaulx (BMW) + 0.194s
3 Frank Diefenbacher (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 3.528s
4 Jorg Muller (BMW) + 3.864s
5 Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) + 14.778s
12 Rickard Rydell (SEAT Toledo Cupra) + 35.539s
Positions after 10 of 20 rounds: 1 D.Muller, 63 points; 2 Priaulx, 59; 3 J.Muller, 57; 4 Tarquini, 43; 5 Giovanardi, 41.
Coming up this week
24-hour Nurburgring press conference at Cologne featuring Audi factory driver Christian Abt (Tuesday from 6 pm.) ... Round 4 of the DTM at EuroSpeedway (Sunday) ...