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07/17/05
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg
Sports
Audi takes lead in the DTM

DTM 2005
Christian Abt
  • 143,000 spectators witness turbulent Norisring race
  • Two Audi drivers on podium in “home game”
  • Six Audi A4 DTM cars in the points

In front of a record turnout of 143,000 spectators at the Norisring Audi has taken the lead in the DTM manufacturers’ standings. In one of the most turbulent races in DTM history with several crashes, spectacular duels, two safety car periods and a high retirement rate, Audi scored points in its “home game” with as many as six cars, thus replacing Mercedes-Benz at the top of the standings. For the fans, the “man of the race” was local hero Christian Abt, who drove forward to second place from 17th on the grid in the Audi A4 DTM entered by Audi Sport Team Joest. Thanks to his first podium position since Donington 2002, Christian Abt is now the best-placed German driver once more in the overall standings.

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