Audi returns to scene of triumph
Last September Audi driver Mattias Ekström clinched the DTM title with a race to spare at Brno with a convincing victory. Barely nine months later Audi returns to the scene of the triumph: The Czech Grand Prix circuit is the venue for the fourth round of Europe’s most popular touring car series on Sunday (June 5).
The points situation could hardly be more explosive: The first four in the table – including defending champion Mattias Ekström – are separated by a mere two points. Audi driver Tom Kristensen, who put the icing on the Audi cake last year at Brno by tying up the one-two, is only another three points behind.
Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline #1): "It’s a great feeling to return to the track where I clinched the DTM title by winning the race. I have many good memories and hope that we can continue where we left off. I also know how incredibly close things are in the DTM, which is why the test was even more important. It was a question of finding the decisive hundredths and tenths of a second.”
Tyre wear is higher than at any other DTM circuit due to the many long corners. The optimum suspension set-up plays an important role. Data, which Mattias Ekström and Tom Kristensen (both Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) collected during recent EuroSpeedway tests in the new Audi A4 DTM, are therefore more valuable than ever before – because both are aiming to storm the top of the table at Brno.
Tom Kristensen (Audi Sport Team Abt #5): "I’m very happy that Brno is again a part of the DTM calendar, since I love this circuit. It goes up and downhill, the slowest corner is taken in third gear. You need plenty of downforce in the fast corners and a good set-up. The tyre wear is high. Last year things ran very well for Audi: Mattias clinched the title, and I finished second in the race.”
Audi Sport Team Joest can refer to last season’s data for its year old cars – and they prove that the Audi A4 DTM was exceedingly well-balanced on the twisty track at Brno. Christian Abt’s car, which looked a little sorry for itself after the fire at Spa, was completely stripped and rebuilt by the Joest squad.