Ingolstadt, 04 June 2006 Audi Motorsport Newsletter Le Mans: Audi R10 TDI makes strong impression The Audi R10 TDI made a strong impression on its first laps on the "Circuit des 24 Heures" at Le Mans. All six Audi factory drivers were enthused...
Ingolstadt, 04 June 2006
Audi Motorsport Newsletter
Audi R10 TDI makes strong impression
The Audi R10 TDI made a strong impression on its first laps on the "Circuit des 24 Heures" at Le Mans. All six Audi factory drivers were enthused about the new diesel sportscar at the end of the official test day. Italian Dindo Capello set the second fastest time in 3m 32.090 at the wheel of the number 7 Audi R10 TDI. Frank Biela completed the Le Mans dress rehearsal in the number 8 sister car in fourth position (3m 33.160s).
Unlucky tyre gamble in Belgium
The team of the Belgian Audi Club gambled with the tyres during the second race weekend of the Belgian Touring Car Series (BTCS) at Zolder: Because of uncertain weather conditions, Tim Verbergt started Saturday's first round with intermediates. He had to pit for slick tyres after only five laps. Following an engine problem on the last lap, Verbergt and team mate Jean-Francois Hemroulle finished only 14th. In Sunday's second race, the two Belgians started from pit-lane and fought their way from 31st to fourth position.
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SEAT driver Yvan Muller continues to lead
With a strong team effort at Oschersleben, the SEAT factory team defended its good position in the title fight for the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Yvan Muller scored a point in the second of the two races on the demanding track despite the maximum handicap weight of 75 kgs. He continues to lead the standings, now on equal points with Andy Priaulx (BMW). James Thompson is only one point behind, with Gabriele Tarquini and Rickard Rydell two further SEAT drivers are just two points behind.
Two podium finishes for SEAT at Thruxton
On his first ever British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race, Darren Turner celebrated a podium finish in the SEAT Leon. He finished the first heat at Thruxton on third position. In the second race, he was classified fifth after a safety car intervention. Team mate Jason Plato finished third in the second heat, having started from 16th position on the grid. Plato, who retired from the first round following a puncture, is classified third in the current championship table.
Coming up in the next two weeks
Rounds 5 und 6 of the Belgian Touring Car Series (BTCS) at Spa-Francorchamps (Sunday, 11 June) -- Le Mans 24 Hours (Saturday/Sunday, 17/18 June) -- Round 3 of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) at Mantork Park (Sunday, 18 June) --