Audi gun for second DTM win of season
It is only just the half-way point of the DTM season and the title fight in Europe’s most popular touring car series is coming to a head. With Mattias Ekström (Sweden) and Tom Kristensen (Denmark) lying second and third in the table, the defending champions Audi have two hot-irons in the fire, who will stop at nothing in their quest to notch up Audi’s second win of the season at the seventh round at the Nürburgring on 7 August.
While Mattias Ekström wants to reclaim the lead in the Drivers’ Championship, which he lost to Gary Paffett during a turbulent race at the Norisring, his Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline team mate Tom Kristensen aims for his first win of the DTM season. The record breaking Le Mans winner took pole position with his Audi A4 DTM twice in succession, but luck deserted him in both races.
During the three day test at Most in the Czech Republic at the end of July Kristensen concentrated on optimising the Audi A4 DTM car’s suspension geometry and damper set-up, which plays an ever increasing role in this year’s championship due to the close competition, together with the Audi engineers. Allan McNish and Martin Tomczyk, who both want to climb onto the podium for the first time this year at the Nürburgring, will both benefit from the results.
Audi Sport Team Joest also fancies their chances with last year’s cars at the Nürburgring – at least to score more points. Just how far up the field you can get in an Audi used car was proven by Christian Abt at the Norisring with his second place.
Last year, 103,000 spectators watched the DTM event at Nürburgring’s 3.629 kilometre sprint circuit, which is the "home game” for both Pierre Kaffer and Frank Stippler. The organisers expect even more spectators this time. The grandstand seats have been sold out for weeks. The ARD broadcasts Qualifying (Saturday 6 August from 2 p.m.) and the race (Sunday 7 August from 1:45 p.m.) as always live.