First race for the new Audi A4 DTM
Only a few more days before the new DTM season kicks off at Hockenheim. Audi start as defending champions in Europe’s most popular touring car series and, for the first time, with eight cars: Four new generation Audi A4 DTM cars will be entered by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi Sport Team Joest races with four of last year’s cars.
The moment of truth looms for the Audi A4 DTM at Hockenheim where it makes its first competitive outing. Immediately after the DTM Presentation, the roll out for the four race cars and a concluding test, in which the final aerodynamic configuration was defined, was held in Spain. It is not allowed to change the aerodynamic configuration during the DTM season and is therefore of particular importance.
Audi drivers Allan McNish, Pierre Kaffer and Frank Stippler make their DTM debuts in Hockenheim. Rinaldo Capello competed in the DTM already last year at the Chinese guest race in Shanghai, but competes in a race for the first time on the new Grand Prix track at Hockenheim. Capello: “It would be fantastic to make the Top Ten, but it won’t be easy. However, in the meantime I feel really at home in the A4 DTM.”
Mattias Ekström finished third during the Audi A4 DTM car’s debut at Hockenheim in April last year. Martin Tomczyk was narrowly beaten into second place at the finale in October at the same venue. “I love coming to Hockenheim and I am particularly interested this time as we will finally know just how good our car is in comparison to those of our competitors”, sais Ekström. “One thing is clear: If we are good at Hockenheim then we’ll be a force to be reckoned with throughout the year – because, till now Hockenheim was never one of our favourite circuits.”
The Audi drivers expect a record crowd in Hockenheim: Over 50,000 tickets – more than ever before – have been sold in advance. The ARD broadcasts qualifying on Saturday (April 16) from 2 p.m. local time and the race on Sunday (April 17) from 1:45 p.m. live from Hockenheim. The 2005 DTM is shown live on television in more than 30 countries worldwide.