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OPTICAL AND HEARING
3rd August, 2005
Audi has taken the lead in the DTM (German Touring Car Masters series) manufacturers’ standings. A record crowd of 143,000 spectators turned out at the Norisring on 17th July to witness one of the most turbulent races in DTM history.
Numerous crashes, spectacular duels, two safety car periods and a high retirement rate characterised the race with Audi scoring points in its "home game” with as many as six cars. In the process Audi has replaced Mercedes-Benz at the top of the standings.
For the fans, the "man of the race” was local Christian Abt, who fought his way to second place from 17th on the grid in the Audi A4 DTM entered by Audi Sport Team Joest.
Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr Wolfgang Ullrich confirmed the tough race competition.
“It was a very tough race with lots of trials and tribulations. During the course of the race, Mattias Ekström was spun several times and still made it to the podium,” Dr Ullrich said.
“Clinching second place with a car from last year shows what is possible in the DTM if everything fits together,”
“Of course the two safety car phases helped a bit. Although Mattias has lost the lead in the drivers’ standings, we’re now at the top of the manufacturers’ standings. A year ago we were in a worse position at the Norisring – so I’m looking ahead with optimism,” Dr Ullrich added.