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Audi in front in both DTM tests

DTM 2005
Audi A4 DTM #1 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Mattias Ekström
  • Mattias Ekström quickest of the day at Zandvoort
  • Tom Kristensen clocks best time in the afternoon
  • Christian Abt fastest driver of a 2004-spec car

Two best times for last year’s winner Audi marked the start to the DTM event at Zandvoort, the Netherlands. In the first test on Friday morning, title defender Mattias Ekström in the Audi A4 DTM entered by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline drove the fastest time, which was not equalled by anyone else in the second session either. In the afternoon, at slightly higher temperatures and different grip conditions, Ekström’s team-mate, Tom Kristensen, was the front runner. Altogether, the seven-time winner of Le Mans clocked the second-best time of the day. Presenting themselves in top form yet again were last year’s Audi A4 cars of Audi Sport Team Joest: DTM rookie Frank Stippler shone with third place in the morning. In the afternoon, Christian Abt – finishing sixth – was the best driver of a car from last year.

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