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Audi defends DTM lead

Audi defends DTM lead

May 4, 2008 - Courtesy of Audi AG
  • Tom Kristensen clinches third place for Audi at Mugello
  • Timo Scheider continues heading the leaderboard
  • Five Audi A4 DTM cars in the points
Ingolstadt/Mugello – At the DTM’s Italian round, Audi defended its overall lead. Although scoring no points at Mugello after a jump start, Audi driver Timo Scheider continues heading the leaderboard. Tom Kristensen clinched third place for Audi in an action-packed race. A total of five A4 DTM cars finished in the top eight, and thus in the points.

The chance for a possible third consecutive victory was forfeited by the drivers of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline straight from the beginning. The A4 of the quickest in qualifying, Timo Scheider, briefly started moving forwards when the starting lights were still red. The resulting drive-through penalty caused the leader of the DTM standings to drop to 17th place. With a remarkable recovery and captivating overtaking manoeuvres the winner of Oscherlsleben fought his way forwards again to tenth place.
Title defender Mattias Ekström did not make a perfect start either: the Swede dropped from fourth to tenth place, had to pit earlier than planned because he got stuck in traffic and, in the end, was happy to still have scored points after finishing sixth.

His team-mate Martin Tomczyk was entangled in a collision in the commotion in the first turn, causing the front bonnet of his A4 to come off. Only after one lap the German had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop and therefore lost ground without any chance of recovery.

The only flawless race of a driver of a new Audi A4 DTM was that of Tom Kristensen, who finished in third place. In the first third of the race the Dane put pressure on the second-placed Paul di Resta in the Mercedes. The duel was decided immediately after the first pit stop to the disadvantage of the Audi driver when Kristensen was slowed for almost a whole lap by a 2007-spec Mercedes, which had nothing to do with the outcome of the race. As a result, the Le Mans record winner lost Di Resta’s trail and the chance to fight for second place. Subsequently he concentrated on securing his third position against the field running behind him.

Oliver Jarvis, who in the A4 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix in fifth place was the best driver of a car from last year, clinched the first points in his young DTM career. With Mattias Ekström, Markus Winkelhock and Alexandre Prémat in positions six to eight, a total of five Audi drivers finished in the points.

The results at Mugello

1 Jamie Green (Mercedes) 33 laps in 59h 39m 961s
2 Paul di Resta (Mercedes) + 3.166s
3 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) + 5.313s
4 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) + 9.410s
5 Oliver Jarvis (Best Buddies Audi A4 DTM) + 15.037s
6 Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM) + 15.798s
7 Markus Winkelhock (Playboy Audi A4 DTM) + 16.989s
8 Alexandre Prémat (Audi Bank/Shell Helix Audi A4 DTM) + 22.656s
9 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes) + 23.260s
10 Timo Scheider (GW:plus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM) + 23.774s
11 Maro Engel (Mercedes) + 35.741s
12 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) + 41.366s
13 Christijan Albers (Audi A4 DTM) + 45.259s
14 Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM) + 55.234s
15 Susie Stoddart (Mercedes) + 1m 11.329s
16 Mathias Lauda (Mercedes) + 1m 12.233s
17 Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM) + 1m 13.944s
18 Katherine Legge (Audi A4 DTM) + 1m 16.587s
Not classified.
Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes) - 31 laps
  1. Katherine Legge, Audi A4 DTM #20 at Mugello - Audi AG

  2. Oliver Jarvis, Audi A4DTM #15 at Mugello - Audi AG

  3. Oliver Jarvis, Audi A4DTM #15 at Mugello - Audi AG

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