DTM Brno Race Report
Date: Sunday, June 05, 2005 @ 19:30:10 BST
Author: audioc
Topic: Audi in Motorsport
Audi’s reigning DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, of Sweden, claimed his first win of the season, heading home six-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen by 0.2secs in a dominant Audi 1-2.

Allan McNish scored his first points in the DTM (German Touring Car Masters) when the Scotsman steered his Audi A4DTM home to seventh place at Brno today.

McNish started the 30-lap race in the Czech Republic from seventh position on the 20-car grid and briefly inherited the lead during the compulsory pit-stops for fuel and tyres.

But on lap 18, when placed comfortably fourth with a top-three rostrum position beckoning, the 35-year-old Dumfries-born ace unluckily collected a drive-through penalty from the race organisers for exceeding the 50mph pit-lane speed limit.

“I’m disappointed,” said Allan. “A top-three was definitely achievable and to miss out on my first DTM podium due to a pit lane speeding violation is hard to take - I’m still not sure how it happened. But, taking all of the positives from the last three days, I was on the pace throughout which bodes well for the remainder of the season.”

McNish dropped to eighth but had clawed back on to the tail of sixth-place finisher Christian Abt (Audi) at the chequered flag in the 100-mile race staged in warm and overcast conditions.

Audi’s reigning DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, of Sweden, claimed his first win of the season, heading home six-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen by 0.2secs in a dominant Audi 1-2.

Pole-starter Gary Paffett (Mercedes) eventually netted fourth, 3.8secs behind the front-row starting Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel) who finished a distant third. Paffett also had to serve a drive-through penalty early in the race after a jump start.

Ekstrom now leads the championship by three-points from Paffett with Denmark’s Kristensen third on 22. McNish lies 15th with two-points.

Allan’s next race will be the Le Mans 24 Hours (18-19 June) with the Scotsman bidding for his second and Audi’s fifth victory in the annual French race. He returns to DTM action at Oschersleben in Germany on 26 June.

Race Results:

1. Mattias Ekström, Sw (Audi A4 DTM), 30-laps, 58mins 52.558secs
2. Tom Kristensen, Den (Audi A4 DTM), -2.88s
3. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, D (Opel Vectra GTS V8), -24.694s
4. Gary Paffett, GB (Mercedes C-Klasse), -28.503s
5. Jamie Green, GB (Mercedes C-Klasse), -30.997s
6. Christian Abt, D (Audi A4 DTM), -34.555s
7. Allan McNish, GB (Audi A4 DTM), -34.815s
8. Frank Stippler, D (Audi A4 DTM), -36.102s
9. Jean Alesi, F (Mercedes C-Klasse), -43.286
10. Rinaldo Capello, It (Audi A4 DTM), -43.652s
11. Bruno Spengler, CAN (Mercedes C-Klasse), -55.041s
12. Pierre Kaffer, D (Audi A4 DTM), -55.934s
13. Mika Häkkinen, Fin (Mercedes C-Klasse), -70.527s
14. Martin Tomczyk, D (Audi A4 DTM), -96.170s


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