Team Abt Sportsline blasts onto the finishing straight of the 2003 DTM season with a enormous burst of motivation: Following Laurent Aiello’s victory at the Nürburgring, the team supporting the defending champion want to go one better at the Austrian A1-Ring. “Obviously, a huge burden fell from our shoulders after this victory. But now we are only looking to the future: Even though I am 17 points behind in the championship, I will defend my title until the last lap of the last race,” explained the 34-year old Frenchman, who lies in fourth place in the championship after seven races.
Martin Tomczyk and Peter Terting, the two S line Audi Junior Team youngsters, travel with a mixture of excitement and respect to Austria. “The A1-Ring, with its long straights, on which you need good top speed, isn’t exactly a sightseeing route for the TT-R”, knows Tomczyk. “But I am optimistic that we can make up time in the other sections.” The junior increased his fitness programme before the Austrian away match: He cycled from Kufstein to his home in Rosenheim together with team colleague Karl Wendlinger.
Peter Terting spent a lot of time with his team during the racing break. “I was with the team as my TT-R was completely stripped and rebuilt. It’s incredible with how much perfection and attention to detail the guys work. For me, it was a help to better understand the technology,” he reported. The A1-Ring suits Terting: “I really like the circuit with its fast flowing sections.” The 19-year old from Bavaria arrives in Austria as last year’s winner: In 2002 he won the ADAC VW Lupo Cup race at the A1-Ring.
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