DTM and Le Mans – double-header for Audi
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish actually need to split themselves this coming weekend: On the agenda at Brno, Czech Republic, is the fourth round of the DTM. At the same time on Sunday, almost 1,500 kilometres further west, pre-practice is held at Le Mans – the only possibility to test on the 13.650 kilometre "Circuit des 24 Heures”, around which the 73rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held on 18/19 June.
Because defending the title with the Audi A4 DTM in Europe’s most popular touring car series has priority, Dr Ullrich, Kristensen and McNish will travel to the Czech Republic on Thursday and follow Le Mans pre-practice from afar. "I don’t think that it’s such a big disadvantage for me,” believes Tom Kristensen, who competes for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in the DTM and for Team ADT Champion Racing from America. "The circuit hasn’t changed since last year. And for my first race in Le Mans, I only joined the team after pre-practice anyway – I nevertheless won the race.”