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The team of Audi Sport and the Audi A4 DTM
The rear of the Audi A4 DTM
The Audi A4 DTM
Wolfgang Appel (Director of Vehicle Engineering at Audi Sport), Frank Biela and Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (from left to right)
Ingolstadt, January 18, 2004

Five days of testing in Jerez
After its successful roll-out shortly before Christmas which was followed
by tests in the wind tunnel and on a dynamic suspension test bench, the
Audi A4 DTM has passed its first examination on a race track at Jerez in
Spain. After five days of testing and completing over 1,000 kilometres in
Audi´s new touring car, Audi factory drivers Emanuele Pirro, Mattias
Ekström and Tom Kristensen were impressed by their new “tool”.

The A4 is real fun to drive
“I felt well in the car immediately,” explained Emanuele Pirro, who, on
Wednesday, was the first of the three Audi drivers to climb into the cockpit
of the new A4 after getting accustomed to a DTM car at the wheel of an Abt-
Audi TT-R. “The A4 is real fun to drive. The car is very forgiving, you can
really attack. Following the seat fitting at Ingolstadt, I had some worries
regarding the extreme position of the seat. However, driving the car, this
was not a problem at all.”

Similarly enthusiastic were the comments from Mattias Ekström. “After
only 20 laps, I felt at home in the A4 DTM,” said the Swede. Having
completed the past three seasons in the DTM, Ekström was in the best
position to make comparisons: “Driving the car, there is no concrete
difference to the TT-R. Nothing is in fact completely different, but everything
a little better. Every detail is worked out and prepared absolutely
professionally. The team of Audi Sport did not leave anything to chance
while developing the car. Of course, after the first test, it is too early to
evaluate the whole potential of a new car. In spite of that I am convinced
that my team mates and I will have a lot of fun with the A4 DTM.”

At Jerez, Ekström also acted as a “driving instructor” for DTM newcomers
Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kristensen. Five times Le Mans winner
Kristensen got to grips with a DTM car at the wheel of the TT-R on
Saturday before driving the Audi A4 DTM for the first time on Sunday. “We
practiced everything: practice, qualifying, long-runs, starts, pit stops – the
full programme,” explained Kristensen. “I knew the DTM only from
watching television and did not know what to expect. After this first test I
feel much more comfortable. The speed was there immediately and I
know more about the DTM now – for example that I will again use my left
foot for braking as in former times.”

The new Audi A4 DTM ran without problems
Audi motorsport chief Dr Wolfgang Ullrich followed the tests at Jerez on
site and returned satisfied to Ingolstadt: “The new Audi A4 DTM ran without
problems and does not have any teething troubles. We got to know the car
quite well during these five days and tried out various different set-up
options. Our engineers have collected many valuable data which will help
us developing the car.”