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The Audi A4 DTM cars
Ingolstadt, April 12, 2004

Already 45.000+ tickest sold
Motorsport fans can hardly wait for the start of the DTM (German Touring
Car Masters): More than 45,000 tickets for the Motodrom at Hockenheim
are already sold, and well over 100,000 spectators are expected to attend
during the weekend. The six newly developed Audi A4 DTM cars, with
which AUDI AG takes on the competition this year as a factory team,
number among the star players around the 4.574 kilometre long circuit.

6 Cars ready to go!
In the meantime, the six race cars are completely built up and in the hands
of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest
race teams following a comprehensive test programme at various
European circuits. This season the Audi factory drivers Frank Biela, Tom
Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro line up in the team alongside DTM
regulars Christian Abt, Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk.

The season opener in Hockenheim is the works comeback for Audi after
almost a ten year pause from the DTM/STW. Already in 1990, 1991 and
1998 Hans-Joachim Stuck, Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro brought the
title of Europe’s most popular touring car series back to Ingolstadt.
Laurent Aiello, in the privately entered Abt-Audi TT-R, added himself as
fourth Audi driver to the DTM/STW hall of fame in 2002.
The Audi A4 DTM cars
The Audi A4 DTM cars
The Audi A4 DTM cars
Emanuele Pirro in the Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest Audi A4 DTM
Martin Tomczyk in the Audi Sport Team Abt Audi A4 DTM
Christian Abt in the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM
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Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Audi A4 DTM #5)
“This season with Audi is a very special one for me, as it is the first year in
my career that I start as official works driver. We have done everything
possible during the preparations. Now the timing screen in Hockenheim
will tell us exactly how good we are compared to the competition.”

Martin Tomczyk (Audi Sport Team Abt Audi A4 DTM #6)
“I want to continue in Hockenheim exactly as I finished off there last year,
and that is to qualify in a good position for the race. We start a new chapter
in the DTM with the Audi A4, that’s why no one knows exactly how the
balance of power lies. However, the first goal is obviously to find a good
position within the team.”

Christian Abt (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM #11)
“At the Brno test, I simulated two complete race weekends on a single day,
driving a total of 110 laps – that increased my craving for the DTM in more.
I trained hard in winter, Audi have built a fantastic car – it´s time that our
transporters set off for Hockenheim.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM #12)
“The anticipation for Hockenheim is massive. As DTM rookie I obviously
have a lot to learn, but in spite of this I have set myself some ambitious
goals: I definitely want to qualify for the Super Pole, which will give me
confidence. My preparations were ideal, I’m ready for it.”

Emanuele Pirro (Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest Audi A4 DTM #44)
“The moment of truth has finally arrived. I can hardly wait till first practice
starts at Hockenheim. The winter was very long, but now the season finally
starts. I’m convinced that in the Audi A4 DTM we have a very good car. I
have two goals for the first race: firstly to reach the finish, secondly as
close as possible to the front. I believe that every point will count in the
2004 DTM.”

Frank Biela (Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest Audi A4 DTM #45)
“Finally I get exactly what I wanted for a long time: the DTM. Everybody is
looking forward to the season opener at Hockenheim, as we will finally
know where we stand. The tests ran well, and exactly according to plan.
Everybody at Audi is fully motivated and is looking forward to the first race.”

Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
“My team has prepared intensely and is highly motivated. Every single
mechanic knows exactly what the story is this year. In the A4 DTM, Audi
has developed a spectacular new car – we will therefore do everything
within our power so that it can be added as soon as possible to the DTM
winners’ list. I’m absolutely sure that the DTM is about to enter its most
exiting and successful year. The fantastic number of advanced ticket sales
for the Hockenheim race shows that the fans can also hardly wait.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Infineon Team Joest)
“Obviously I would have preferred if we had had a little more time before
the first race. But this is always the case for all teams just before the
season starts. We had two very good tests at Estoril and Brno with the
Audi A4 DTM, at which we learnt a great deal about the new car. As
newcomer, at Hockenheim it will be important for us to get a feeling for the
procedures of the new DTM. We will try to make sure that the weekend
runs smoothly and that our pit stops are trouble free. Achieving this will
give us something to build on for the rest of the season.”

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
“After the intensive preparations, we are now looking forward to the
season finally getting under way. We are convinced that Hockenheim will
be a fabulous event. More tickets have been sold in advance than ever
before. We expect a full house and a corresponding number of
enthusiastic Audi fans. Our goal is, not to disappoint our fans and to give a
good impression of ourselves in the new DTM. The pre-season tests
showed that all three manufacturers are at a very similar level. The DTM
fans can look forward to an exiting race.”