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First podium position for new Audi A4 DTM
- Tom Kristensen second at EuroSpeedway
- Mattias Ekström fourth despite drive-through penalty
- First DTM points for Pierre Kaffer and Frank Stippler
In front of an impressive backdrop of 78,000 spectators, Tom Kristensen claimed the first podium position for the new Audi A4 DTM at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Following a Qualifying session that had not produced optimum results for Audi, the Dane – having started from seventh place – fought his way up to finish the race in second place. In the final phase of the race he managed to hold his ground against the pressure exerted by double Formula 1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen. With a fourth-place finish, Mattias Ekström clinched five valuable Championship points despite the fact that the front of his A4 had suffered severe damage in a collision. In addition, a drive-through penalty had been imposed on the Swede.