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Audi fights for DTM title to the very end

DTM 2005
The start at Hockenheim
  • Mattias Ekström vice champion after fierce fight
  • Tom Kristensen best Audi driver in DTM finale
  • Frank Stippler in last year’s A4 finishes fifth

In front of a record turnout of 147,000 spectators, Audi kept its word of fighting for the title in Europe’s most popular touring car series to the very end. A strategy employed by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline that was as surprising as it was clever almost made it possible for Audi driver Mattias Ekström to defend the title successfully after all: having started from position 15 on the grid, the Swede completed the two tyre changes prescribed by the regulations in immediate succession – a novelty in DTM history.

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