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07/31/04
Ingolstadt/Nürburg
Sports

Audi driver Ekström to start from first row

DTM 2004
Mattias Ekström, Audi A4 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Abt)

After setting best times on Friday, Audi driver Mattias Ekström on Saturday again set the benchmark for the DTM race at the Nürburgring. The Swede in his Audi A4 DTM was the quickest in the free practice session as well as clocking a superior best time of 1m 23.390s in the qualifying. In the subsequent single timed lap of the top ten (“super pole“), though, the Swede fell short of his own benchmark by six tenths of a second, because his tyres failed to build up the same grip as in the qualifying session. Nevertheless, at 2 p.m. (local time - with live broadcast on ARD) on Sunday, Ekström will start from the first row ahead of the current leader of the standings, Christijan Albers. Starting from position three, Christian Abt has so far scored his best qualifying result of the season. After making some mistakes in the “super pole” session, Tom Kristensen and Martin Tomczyk will start the race from the fifth row of the grid. Emanuele Pirro came in eleventh, barely missing the top ten by two thousandths of a second, Frank Biela will start from position 14.

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