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Audi starts from front row at DTM finale

DTM 2005
Audi A4 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Abt), Tom Kristensen
  • Tom Kristensen misses Pole by merely 76 thousandths
  • Frank Stippler fifth in last year’s A4
  • For the first time, Mattias Ekström not in Super Pole

At the DTM finale at Hockenheim, Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen, in his Audi A4 DTM, will start from the front row of the grid. In the Super Pole qualifying on Saturday, the Dane from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline missed clinching the pole position by merely 76 thousandths of a second. Frank Stippler achieved his best qualifying result in the DTM so far: in last year’s A4 of Audi Sport Team Joest the German claimed fifth place on the grid in difficult conditions. Title defender Mattias Ekström, on the other hand, failed to make it into the Super Pole for the first time in his DTM career: in qualifying, the Swede had to settle for 15th place.

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