|April 30, 2005
Audi to Start from Second Row at EuroSpeedway
Title defender Mattias Ekström in the Audi A4 DTM will start from the second row in the second round of the DTM at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. After clocking the fastest time in Saturday's Qualifying, the Swede was not able to equal his own best time in the subsequent single-timed Super Pole session. This means that Ekström will start the race from fourth place on the grid. Tom Kristensen and Martin Tomczyk were the two other Audi drivers who managed to make it into the top-ten. Quickest driver of an Audi A4 DTM from last year was Pierre Kaffer, who claimed 12th position.
The race distance at EuroSpeedway has been extended from the original 42 to 48 laps. The race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., ARD will broadcast "live" starting at 1.45 p.m.
Quotes after Qualifying
Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline #1)
Tom Kristensen (Audi Sport Team Abt #5)
Martin Tomczyk (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline #2)
Pierre Kaffer (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #15)
Allan McNish (Audi Sport Team Abt #6)
Frank Stippler (Audi Sport Team Joest #19)
Rinaldo Capello (Audi Sport Team Joest #18)
Christian Abt (Audi Sport Team Joest Racing #14)
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): "We need to deal with the situation as it is. We're going to work on delivering a better performance in tomorrow's race. Our starting position isn't the very best. But everyone knows that we'll be fighting. The race will probably be tough. We'll be looking for our chance."
Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): "Unfortunately, the Qualifying didn't go as well for us as the Free Practice had. We need to evaluate the data. It's strange that we didn't achieve the times of the Free Practice session – aside from that fact that the others improved. We had been hoping to get two cars into the Super Pole."
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): "Today has shown us yet again how tight the field is in the DTM. Needless to say, the Qualifying result is a disappointment for us, because we're not where we want to be. Now, we'll have to make the best of the situation tomorrow in the race."