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Hockenheim, April 16, 2005


New Audi A4 DTM takes pole for debut race
In its racing debut, the new Audi A4 DTM will be starting from the pole position. At the Hockenheim season opener, defending champion Mattias Ekström drove the fastest time in Saturdayís Super Pole qualifying session to secure the best starting position for the race on Sunday (start at 2 p.m., live on ARD from 1.45 p.m.). Martin Tomczyk and Tom Kristensen, as well, qualified for the single car qualifying of the fastest ten. The best drivers of last yearís Audi A4 DTM cars were Christian Abt and DTM newcomer Frank Stippler on positions twelve and 13 respectively.

Quotes after qualifying

Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline #1)
1st place Super Pole, 1m 35.251s

"Clinching the pole position today has made a small dream come true. We knew that our new Audi A4 is a good car, but not exactly where weíre standing in comparison to the competition. Track conditions today changed between the qualifying and the super pole. Thatís why there was a little luck involved on my fast lap as well. My thanks to the team and the Audi engineers, who were working in the right direction.Ē

Martin Tomczyk (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline #2)
7th place Super Pole, 1m 36.222s

"Because of the change in track conditions, it was very difficult today. We made some changes to the car for the super pole, but they didnít work out. My lap left a lot to be desired, the car was understeering heavily. But starting from position seven is something you can live with.Ē

Tom Kristensen (Audi Sport Team Abt #5)
9th place Super Pole, 1m 36.489s

"After being fastest yesterday and second in free practice and in qualifying, I am obviously deeply disappointed with my starting position. We are still playing around in different areas, trying to find the best possible setup, and the car was very nervous in Super Pole. I lost everything in turn 1 when the rear snapped away and then the car kept oversteering for the remainder of the lap.Ē

Christian Abt (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #14)
12th place, 1m 35.464s

"My car was a lot better than position 12. Unfortunately, I sacrificed nearly three tenths of a second in my best lap in the first sector. Fifth place would have been possible, and my team would have deserved this today as well. But if you know me, you know that Iíll be fighting in the race.Ē

Frank Stippler (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #19)
13th place, 1m 35.467s

"Starting from position 13 in my DTM debut is okay. Still, Iím a bit disappointed, because my sixth place in the free practice session would have been possible in the qualifying here as well. The track was quick only in the very beginning, and thatís where I allowed myself to become a bit distracted by a competitor. The DTM field is so tight that you always have to be wide awake.Ē

Allan McNish (Audi Sport Team Abt #6)
14th place, 1m 35.625s

"First of all, itís very, very tight, which is what I expected. I am happier now than I was this morning or yesterday. Because now, we have got a feeling for the car. We made some changes between the sessions and we gained straight away. Itís a couple of tenths from the top ten where ultimately we should be. But from the weekendís point of view, we are going in the correct direction. And I beat Mika Häkkinen at his debut...Ē

Pierre Kaffer (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #15)
18th place, 1m 35.915s

"Overall, I feel comfortable in the DTM. The car is running well, too. But I didnít get it quite right today. There was probably a certain amount of nervousness involved as well, because, after all, everything is new. The times are extremely
close. Three tenths less, and I would be as much as a few rows further ahead on the grid. I know that Iím always very strong in the race and that my car has good balance. Thatís why Iím going to attack again tomorrow.Ē

Rinaldo Capello (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #18)
20th place, 1m 36.020s

"Today, the fast time had to be driven with the first set of tyres. Unfortunately, I didnít manage to do this. I think I didnít warm up the tyres enough. In the second corner I had big understeer, which cost me a lot of time. Thatís a question of experience.Ē

Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
"The pole position is a great reward for all the hard work of the past few months. Weíve all been working towards this and are very happy. Of course weíre still in a learning process with the new car, but thatís normal. We got it right today and are continuing to work hard. We want to put on a great race tomorrow for the many Audi fans in the grandstands.Ē

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest)
"Generally, things are going very well this weekend. Only the qualifying, unfortunately, didnít work out all that well. Christian recorded a best sector time, but then unluckily got caught behind another car. During the other two attempts the track was slower. This was particularly bad for our new drivers, who, due to their lack of experience, simply would have needed several trials. In the race, weíll try to work our way up further towards the front of the field.Ē

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
"I think there could hardly be a more thrilling qualifying session than this one. Matthias proved yet again that the higher pressure the stronger he gets. He drove a perfect lap. And that did it, because making even the smallest mistake meant you couldnít be at the very front. Iím delighted about our new Audi A4 DTM starting from position one on the grid in its debut. Thatís a great way to start the season.Ē

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich and Martin Tomczyk
Audi A4 DTM #1 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Mattias Ekström
Audi A4 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Abt), Tom Kristensen
Audi A4 DTM #18 (Audi Sport Team Joest), Rinaldo Capello
Audi A4 DTM #1 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Mattias Ekström
Audi A4 DTM #6 (Audi Sport Team Abt), Allan McNish
Audi A4 DTM #20 (Audi Sport Team Joest), Rinaldo Capello
Audi A4 DTM #1 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Mattias Ekström
Audi A4 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Abt), Tom Kristensen

1. Test

1.

Paffett Mercedes 1.35,785 -

2.

Mücke Mercedes 1.35,928 + 0.00,143

3.

Kristensen Audi 1.35,929 + 0.00,144

4.

Abt Audi 1.36,040 + 0.00,255

5.

Alesi Mercedes 1.36,056 + 0.00,271

6.

Tomczyk Audi 1.36,070 + 0.00,285

7.

Schneider Mercedes 1.36,145 + 0.00,360

8.

Ekström Audi 1.36,232 + 0.00,447

9.

Spengler Mercedes 1.36,282 + 0.00,497

10.

Stippler Audi 1.36,318 + 0.00,533

11.

Häkkinen Mercedes 1.36,387 + 0.00,602

12.

Green Mercedes 1.36,540 + 0.00,755

13.

Reuter Opel 1.36,676 + 0.00,891

14.

Kaffer Audi 1.36,777 + 0.00,992

15.

Fässler Opel 1.36,938 + 0.01,153

16.

McNish Audi 1.36,981 + 0.01,196

17.

Aiello Opel 1.36,984 + 0.01,199

18.

Margaritis Mercedes 1.36,999 + 0.01,214

19.

Frentzen Opel 1.37,009 + 0.01,224

20.

Capello Audi 1.37,347 + 0.01,562


2. Test

1.

Kristensen Audi 1.34,949 -

2.

Alesi Mercedes 1.35,501 + 0.00,552

3.

Green Mercedes 1.35,537 + 0.00,588

4.

Ekström Audi 1.35,578 + 0.00,629

5.

Paffett Mercedes 1.35,760 + 0.00,811

6.

Abt Audi 1.35,776 + 0.00,827

7.

Mücke Mercedes 1.35,972 + 0.01,023

8.

Schneider Mercedes 1.36,030 + 0.01,081

9.

Frentzen Opel 1.36,124 + 0.01,175

10.

Häkkinen Mercedes 1.36,145 + 0.01,196

11.

Aiello Opel 1.36,196 + 0.01,247

12.

Spengler Mercedes 1.36,210 + 0.01,261

13.

Capello Audi 1.36,404 + 0.01,455

14.

Tomczyk Audi 1.36,422 + 0.01,473

15.

Reuter Opel 1.36,568 + 0.01,619

16.

Margaritis Mercedes 1.36,579 + 0.01,630

17.

Fässler Opel 1.36,606 + 0.01,657

18.

Stippler Audi 1.36,635 + 0.01,686

19.

Kaffer Audi 1.36,738 + 0.01,789

20.

McNish Audi 1.36,918 + 0.01,969


Free Practice

1. Tomczyk

Audi 1.34,970 -

2. Alesi

Mercedes 1.34,975 + 0.00,005

3. Paffett

Mercedes 1.35,016 + 0.00,046

4. Kristensen

Audi 1.35,088 + 0.00,118

5. Ekström

Audi 1.35,165 + 0.00,195

6. Stippler

Audi 1.35,245 + 0.00,275

7. Green

Mercedes 1.35,279 + 0.00,309

8. Abt

Audi 1.35,300 + 0.00,330

9. Schneider

Mercedes 1.35,374 + 0.00,404

10. Fässler

Opel 1.35,486 + 0.00,516

11. Mücke

Mercedes 1.35,582 + 0.00,612

12. Capello

Audi 1.35,625 + 0.00,655

13. Häkkinen

Mercedes 1.35,713 + 0.00,743

14. Spengler

Mercedes 1.35,737 + 0.00,767

15. Kaffer

Audi 1.35,767 + 0.00,797

16. Frentzen

Opel 1.35,963 + 0.00,993

17. Reuter

Opel 1.36,006 + 0.01,036

18. Aiello

Opel 1.36,023 + 0.01,053

19. McNish

Audi 1.36,059 + 0.01,089

20. Margaritis

Mercedes 1.36,061 + 0.01,091



Qualifying

1. 7 Schneider/GER

5 1:34.648

2. 5 Kristensen/DEN

7 1:34.817 00.169

3. 3 Paffett/GBR

5 1:34.996 00.348

4. 21 Green/GBR

8 1:35.064 00.416

5. 20 Spengler/CAN

5 1:35.156 00.508

6. 1 Ekström/SWE

9 1:35.234 00.586

7. 9 Fässler/SUI

7 1:35.283 00.635

8. 4 Alesi/FRA

5 1:35.288 00.640

9. 2 Tomczyk/GER

8 1:35.304 00.656

10. 16 Mücke/GER

8 1:35.434 00.786

11. 11 Aiello/FRA

8 1:35.435 00.787

12. 14 Abt/GER

9 1:35.464 00.816

13. 19 Stippler/GER

9 1:35.467 00.819

14. 6 McNish/GBR

9 1:35.625 00.977

15. 8 Häkkinen/FIN

6 1:35.697 01.049

16. 17 Margaritis/GRE

8 1:35.756 01.108

17. 12 Reuter/GER

8 1:35.880 01.232

18. 15 Kaffer/GER

9 1:35.915 01.267

19. 10 Frentzen/GER

6 1:35.967 01.319

20. 18 Capello/ITA

6 1:36.020 01.372


Superpole

1. 1 Ekström/SWE

1 1:35.251

2. 3 Paffett/GBR

1 1:35.283 00.032

3. 21 Green/GBR

1 1:35.809 00.558

4. 9 Fässler/SUI

1 1:36.075 00.824

5. 4 Alesi/FRA

1 1:36.179 00.928

6. 20 Spengler/CAN

1 1:36.191 00.940

7. 2 Tomczyk/GER

1 1:36.222 00.971

8. 7 Schneider/GER

1 1:36.354 01.103

9. 5 Kristensen/DEN

1 1:36.489 01.238

10. 16 Mücke/GER

1 1:36.587 01.336


Warm up

1. 3 Paffett/GBR

13 1:35.307

2. 5 Kristensen/DEN

18 1:35.466 00.159

3. 1 Ekström/SWE

18 1:35.516 00.209

4. 4 Alesi/FRA

13 1:35.559 00.252

5. 20 Spengler/CAN

14 1:35.614 00.307

6. 14 Abt/GER

14 1:35.735 00.428

7. 8 Häkkinen/FIN

14 1:35.927 00.620

8. 15 Kaffer/GER

14 1:35.970 00.663

9. 2 Tomczyk/GER

16 1:35.984 00.677

10. 21 Green/GBR

11 1:36.006 00.699

11. 16 Mücke/GER

14 1:36.131 00.824

12. 7 Schneider/GER

12 1:36.132 00.825

13. 9 Fässler/SUI

18 1:36.187 00.880

14. 19 Stippler/GER

15 1:36.203 00.896

15. 18 Capello/ITA

16 1:36.244 00.937

16. 10 Frentzen/GER

16 1:36.413 01.106

17. 17 Margaritis/GRE

16 1:36.447 01.140

18. 12 Reuter/GER

11 1:36.462 01.155

19. 11 Aiello/FRA

14 1:36.511 01.204

20. 6 McNish/GBR

15 1:36.983 01.676