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Adenau, 17 August, 2003

In the seventh season round of the DTM at the sprint circuit of the Nürburgring, victory went to Abt-Audi driver Laurent Aiello. At the finish, the DTM-champion had an advantage of 1.387 seconds and moved up from seventh to fourth place in the drivers’ standings. Team-mate Mattias Ekström, who had claimed pole-position in the first night-qualifying in history of the DTM, finished fourth, Karl Wendlinger was eleventh. Audi Junior Peter Terting was still classified 18th in spite of a retirement. A suspension part on the left rear wheel on the youngster’s Abt-Audi TT-R broke during the race after having been damaged in a collision with an opponent in the earlier stages. The second Audi Junior, Martin Tomczyk, was in a promising fourth position, but then had to retire with gearbox problems. Christian Abt’s race also ended in the pits after 13 laps with a broken gearbox.

The race at a glance

overcast, slightly windy,
22 degrees Celsius


- Start
#5 Ekström and #1 Aiello have a good start, Aiello takes the lead before the first corner,
#14 Tomczyk retains fourth place in spite of contact. The rear bodywork of his Abt-Audi TT-R comes loose.
#2 Abt spins, he drops back to 21st place.
#6 Wendlinger 14th place,
#15 Terting is 18th.

1st lap
#14 Tomczyk is overtaken by Schneider, but can counter immediately and remains fourth

7th lap
#5 Ekström at the first mandatory pit stop,
#1 Aiello in the lead from #14 Tomczyk

8th lap
#14 Tomczyk and #1 Aiello at first mandatory pit stop

9th lap
#6 Wendlinger pit stop, duel #15 Terting with Schneider

10th lap
#1 Aiello and #5 Ekström behind drivers who have not made their pit stop in fourth and fifth place
#15 Terting the last Audi driver for the first mandatory pit stop

11th lap
#5 Ekström is overtaken by Albers

13th lap
After the first range of mandatory pit stops, the Audi drivers are in the following positions:
#1 Aiello 1st,
#5 Ekström 3rd,
#2 Abt 13th,
#14 Tomczyk 14th,
#6 Wendlinger 16th and
#15 Terting 20th

14th lap
#15 Tomczyk into the pits, retires

15th lap
#5 Ekström overtaken by Schneider

16th lap
#2 Abt retires in the pits

17th lap
#15 Terting overtakes Mayländer, is 18th again

21st lap
#1 Aiello and #5 Ekström for the second mandatory pit stop

24th lap
#1 Aiello is leading from Albers and Schneider

25th lap
#6 Wendlinger for second mandatory pit stop

33rd lap
#6 Wendlinger in hard fights, is 13th at the end of the lap

35th lap
#15 Terting into the pits, retires
#1 Aiello remains dominantly in the lead

40. Runde
#5 Ekström sets the fastest times, is closing up on Schneider

victory for #1 Aiello, #5 Ekström is fourth, #6 Wendlinger is eleventh


Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R) 41 laps


Christijan Albers (Mercedes) + 1.387 sec.


Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) + 6.238 sec.


Mattias Ekström (Abt-Audi TT-R) + 7.562 sec.


Marcel Fässler (Mercedes) + 15.239 sec.


Jean Alesi (Mercedes) + 34.468 sec.


Timo Scheider (Opel) + 36.174 sec.


Gary Paffett (Mercedes) + 36.756 sec.



Karl Wendlinger (Abt-Audi TT-R) + 1.04.202


Peter Terting (Abt-Audi TT-R) + 8 laps

Laurent Aiello (Team Hasseröder Abt-Audi TT-R #1)
“It is quite a while ago already that we last scored such a result. It feels a little bit like the first victory of my career. It probably looked easily from the outside, but it wasn’t. My car was very consistent and moreover, my pit crew has been working perfectly. We had a perfect strategy. I am overjoyed. I have had the chance of scoring good results for a few races already, but then, many things went wrong. Today, everything was perfect.”

Peter Terting (S line Audi Junior Team Abt-Audi TT-R #15)
“On the second lap, somebody ran into the left rear part of my car. In the process, something on the suspension was bent. After the first tyre change, my Abt-Audi was a little bit better again. I could keep the pace and also overtake a few opponents. Then, something on the left rear broke, and unfortunately, that was it.”

Martin Tomczyk (S line Audi Junior Team Abt-Audi TT-R #14)
 “I could keep the pace of the front runners quite well. Then something broke on the gearbox after the first pit stop. When shifting down, I first missed one gear and then more and more, and finally, I had to retire. Too bad.”

Hans-Jürgen Abt (team principal)
“This is a great burden coming off our shoulders. The team never gave up and really fought for it, so that this could be achieved. The pit stops were probably the best we have ever done. Perfect. We are aware of our responsibilities, our fans want victories. Today, we have scored one.”

Karl Wendlinger in the Abt-Audi TT-R #6 during night practice
Mattias Ekström in the Abt-Audi TT-R #5
DTM champion Laurent Aiello
Start. In the lead: Laurent Aiello #1
Mattias Ekström in the Abt-Audi TT-R #5
Christian Abt in the Abt-Audi TT-R #2 during pit stop
Audi junior Peter Terting in the Abt-Audi TT-R #15
Audi junior Martin Tomczyk in the Abt-Audi TT-R #14
Winner Laurent Aiello