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06/27/04
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg
Sports

Audi staying on the heels of the front runner

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

Delivering another strong performance, Audi driver Mattias Ekström has secured his position as the runner-up in the DTM standings. After being struck by bad luck (tyre puncture) in the qualifying session, in the race the Swede fought bis way up to fourth place from position nine on the grid, now ranking merely three points behind Christijan Albers, the leader of the standings. Martin Tomczyk and Tom Kristensen clinched fifth and sixth place respectively, thus complementing the good team performance of the Audi works squad. Kristensen thrilled the crowd of 80,000 with an impressive fight to catch up with the front of the field: after falling back to 17th place as a result of a crash in the early stage of the race, he managed to advance all the way to sixth. Christian Abt, as well, was running in the points until a defective prop shaft forced him to retire shortly before the end of the race. Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela (both Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest) finished the race in positions nine and eleven.

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