Tom Kristensen continued where he left off at Hockenheim by proving to be Bernd Schneider's closest challenger at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

The Dane drove superbly to claim second in his Siemens Audi A4 DTM, and when fellow Scandinavian Mattias Ekstrom exited with a lack of fuel it was Kristensen who picked up the pieces by battling his way up to third behind the doomed Ekstrom.

"I was quicker at the end than the leaders and Mattias who was directly in front of me," said Kristensen. "I didn't try to overtake him, but then he suddenly slowed down, which was lucky for me and means more important points. A pair of second places isn't such a bad start to the season."

In contrast to Kristensen some of his Audi team mates had a largely anonymous afternoon at Lausitz, including Hockenheim podium finisher Heinz-Harald Frentzen who seemed to go backwards on Sunday afternoon finishing 13th.

"This wasn't a good day for our team," fumed the Veltins Audi driver, "I didn't get up to the right speed the whole weekend - we carefully need to analyse the reasons."

Fellow Team Abt Sportsline driver Martin Tomczyk endured a similarly frustrating weekend and with much expected of the young Rosenheim based driver after a stuttering '05 signs of frustration were apparent.

"The race, unfortunately, was not very thrilling for me," said a dejected Tomczyk. "Now we need to analyse why my car was so difficult to drive. At least I did score one point even though that only happened because Mattias retired. I am sure that we will strike back at Oschersleben."


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