"Home game" for DTM Champions Audi
The DTM race at the Norisring on 17 July is Audi Sport’s "home game”, but nevertheless a very special challenge for the team of Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport: The 2.3 kilometre street circuit between the Franken Stadium and the Dutzendteich, on which Audi has already won three DTM races (1990, 1991 and 2002), was not the A4 DTM car’s favourite circuit last year. Its main strengths were the corners – and there are just four of these at the Norisring.
Audi Sport Team Joest, with its four 2004-spec cars, faces a really tough race weekend. On the other hand, championship leader Mattias Ekström and his three Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline team mates fancy their chances of fighting for victory at the Norisring this time around: The new Audi A4 DTM with its striking single-frame radiator grille has a different aerodynamic configuration than last year’s championship winning car and is on a par with the competition as far as top speed is concerned. Martin Tomczyk: "I think that we’ll be in with a much better chance this year with our A4 and could even aim for a win.”
Not only is pure top speed of importance at the Norisring but also efficient brake cooling and excellent traction – both disciplines in which Audi was always very strong and in which Audi Sport attached great value to during the preparation.
Things in Nuremburg are not only completely different because of the unusual circuit: Saturday’s qualifying and the race on Sunday will be held late in the afternoon to prevent a clash with the ARD "Tour de France” TV coverage. As usual, ARD broadcasts both events live. Last year 132,000 fans attended the Norisring weekend. The organisers expect even more spectator interest this year.