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06/25/04
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg
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Mattias Ekström quickest Audi driver yet again

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

The leader of the drivers’ standings, Mattias Ekstöm, in the Audi A4 DTM fielded by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, was yet again the quickest Audi driver in Friday’s tests at the Norisring. The German drivers Christian Abt and Frank Biela were two other Audi contenders who made it into the top ten. Friday’s tests showed that the city circuit in Nuremberg with a length of merely 2.3 kilometres is another venue to see an extremely tight DTM fight: 19 cars, and thus nearly the entire starting grid, ended up within a single second of each other. On Friday, the Audi drivers primarily focused on finding the best possible compromise between drag coefficient and downforce, testing different aerodynamic variants and setups. The qualifying session, which determines grid positions, is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday.

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