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Audi on the march as title tension grows.

Jamie Green held off a gaggle of Audis in Saturday's final DTM practice session at Le Mans, as the Ingolstadt marque does its utmost to spoil Mercedes' party in the penultimate round of the season.

With lap times continuing to fall over the course of the weekend, the Brit pipped 2004 champion Mattias Ekström to the top spot by less than a tenth of a second, with Christian Abt, Frank Stippler, Timo Scheider, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Martin Tomczyk all in fairly close attendance behind.

Surprisingly, title contender Tom Kristensen was not among this group, languishing down in ninth position six tenths of a second adrift, but that was still three places and two tenths of a second ahead of championship leader and chief rival Bernd Schneider in his Mercedes.

Canadian Bruno Spengler, the only other man still with a claim to the title, was eighth-quickest.

The performances of Abt, Stippler and Scheider were particularly impressive, all three behind the wheel of year-old machines, while Swedish Touring Car Champion Thed Björk was once more the fastest driver of a 2004-spec car, less than a second off the top spot and continuing to impress on his DTM baptism.


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Jamie Green (GBR), HWA AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Mattias Ekstrom (SWE), Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2006. DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Christian Abt (DER), Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2005. DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt  [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt [pic credit: DTM Media]
Christian Vietoris - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Christian Vietoris - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Christian Vietoris - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
11 Mattias Ekström (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM, 19 Mike Rockenfeller (D), Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM in parc ferme after the race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM, 12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM, 7 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM after qualifying at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
Christian Vietoris (D) (#9 DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) celebrates third place on the podium after round 7 of the DTM championship at the Nurburgring - Sunday, August 18 013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
11 Mattias Ekström (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 19 Mike Rockenfeller (D), Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
#11 Mattias Ekstrom (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM  (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
#11 Mattias Ekström (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, in action at the Norisring. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
#11 Mattias Ekström (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, celebrates on the podium. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)

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