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05/02/04
Ingolstadt/Estoril
Sports

Audi takes DTM manufacturers’ lead

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

With a strong performance at Estoril (Portugal) Audi have taken the lead in the DTM manufacturers’ standings. In the second race of the new Audi A4 DTM Mattias Ekström, Martin Tomczyk and Tom Kristensen clinched second, third and fourth places respectively. Ekström, who had started from pole position, led the race until the first pit stop, then being held up by a slower competitor. This caused him to drop behind the ultimate winner, whom he followed like a shadow all the way to the finish line. 22-year-old Martin Tomczyk clinched his first podium position at Estoril. Following some communications problems with their pit crews, Christian Abt and Emanuele Pirro finished tenth and eleventh respectively, while Frank Biela finished 15th after a lap-1 collision.

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