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07/17/05
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg
Sports
The Norisring as seen by Frank Stippler

DTM 2005
Audi A4 DTM #19 (Audi Sport Team Joest), Frank Stippler
  • Overtaking possible only in front of the two hairpins
  • A balancing act right after the start
  • Heat will play a crucial role

Audi is coming to its “home game” at Nuremberg’s Norisring as the leader of the standings. At mid-point in the season, Champion Mattias Ekström has a one-point advantage over his immediate rival, Gary Paffett. Audi’s starting position in front of the impressive turnout of spectators at this venue could hardly be better: on Saturday evening, Audi driver Tom Kristensen captured the pole position in a thrilling qualifying session. Having clinched 13th place, Frank Stippler was the best driver of a 2004-spec Audi A4 DTM. The native of Cologne comments on the pitfalls of the 2.3-kilometre city circuit that appears to be simple, but isn’t.

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