|April 15, 2005
New Audi A4 DTM Debuts with Best Time
Successful start for the new Audi A4 DTM in the DTM season opener at Hockenheim: the Dane Tom Kristensen drove the fastest time by far during the two official tests on Friday. The fact that the DTM 2004 champions' car is still competitive was proved by Christian Abt, who clocked the sixth best time of the day. All Audi drivers completed different test programmes on Friday in order to collect as much data as possible.
The qualifying practice on Saturday will start at 1.30 p.m., the super pole at 2.25 p.m. ARD will broadcast live from Hockenheim starting at 2 p.m.
Quotes after Friday's tests
Tom Kristensen (Audi Sport Team Abt #5)
Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline #1)
Christian Abt (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #14)
Frank Stippler (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #19)
Rinaldo Capello (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #18)
Martin Tomczyk (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline #2)
Pierre Kaffer (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #15)
Allan McNish (Audi Sport Team Abt #6)
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): "I think that our first performance with the new Audi A4 DTM has been quite acceptable. At the beginning, we were a bit unsure, but in the meantime we've sorted ourselves out relatively well. We're going to continue to work and hope that we'll be right on target in Saturday's qualifying."
Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): "At the moment, things are looking rather well for our used cars. Dindo and Pierre lost a relatively large amount of time due to a few minor problems, which we've been able to sort out. Still, they were quite quick on the track. So was Frank, who was beaten in the second test below his true potential. And Christian seems to feel particularly comfortable with us. He's really in a super mood."
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): "The best time is good for the whole Audi squad, but it's not all that important. The crucial factor is that after today's two test sessions we understand even better how the new car responds to changes. After the first test, we developed an individual working programme for the four new cars, which we pursued in a different direction with each of them in the afternoon. Now, we're going to merge all this data to make the best of it in the qualifying session. I think we've sorted out everything relatively well."