2005 Audi makes test debut

DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom and his team-mate Tom Kristensen were highly positive about the performance of the latest Audi A4 after the first week of testing in the new car

2005 Audi makes test debut

Abt Sportsline will run four 2005-specification A4s for Ekstrom, Kristensen, Allan McNish and Martin Tomczyk this season. The new car looks very different to last season's title winning machine and the drivers believe it will provide a step forward in performance.

"The new A4 looks aggressive, it is aggressive and it feels aggressive," said Kristensen. "This was a really special feeling. I just couldn't wait to see what had happened at Audi Sport following the title win. Ever since I've driven for Audi, I've known nothing but one direction: moving forwards. And I wasn't disappointed this time either."

Ekstrom came to the Audi test straight from the Swedish Rally, where he had finished tenth for Skoda.

"I really like the new A4 DTM," he said. "After only a few laps I felt right at home. Of course there's still quite a bit of work ahead of us and we need to find the best set-up, but I'm convinced that the new A4 will suit my style of driving even better than last year's car."

Long-time Porsche racer Frank Stippler was also present at the test, having his first run in the year-old Audi that he will drive for Joest this season.

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