March 18, 2004
The front wheel drive Audi A4 STCC won the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC), one of the world’s most competitive touring car series, first time out last season. In 2004, Team KMS Motorsport will defend the title against strong competition with support from the Swedish Audi Importer. At the wheel of the two red and silver painted Audi A4 STCC cars sit defending champion Fredrik Ekblom, who also numbers among the Infineon Team Abt Sportsline driver squad for the 24 Hour race around the Nürburgring, and his Swedish countryman Tommy Kristoffersson who is both KMS Team Director and driver.
Audi A4 made to Super 2000 regulations
The STCC, which also makes a detour to Denmark and Norway in the 2004 season, is run in accordance with the FIA Super 2000 regulations which are also valid in the FIA European Touring Car Championship. Team KMS Motorsport developed a Super 2000 version of the current Audi A4 last year with the support of the Audi Sport customer sport department. Front wheel drive and power approaching 260 hp are the key features of the production based touring car that starts exclusively in the STCC. The Audi brand group is represented by SEAT in the FIA European Championship.
quattro drive simply superior
With the A4 STCC Team KMS Motorsport continued seamlessly on with the great successes of the previous touring car sport models. From 1995 to 1999 the Audi A4 quattro was the world’s most successful super touring car. In the meantime, due to its superiority, quattro drive has been banned from touring car sport: The Super 2000 regulations permit front or rear wheel drive cars.
Audi unbeaten for three years
Even without quattro drive KMS won the debut race in 2003 with the A4 STCC and the championship first time out with the new car. The team of former rallycross star Tommy Kristoffersson and Audi therefore remain unbeaten in championship for three years. “Obviously we want to continue this series,” says the Swede. “But it will be even harder this year than last. After all, as importer team we fight against genuine works teams.”