Although reputed to be one of the hardest vehicles to step into and prove competitive, as several high-profile drivers have found before, Thed Bjork is proving to have no problems adjusting to a rear-wheel drive V8 DTM Audi A4 after proving the quickest of the 2004-specification machines at Le Mans.

Stepping into the Futurecome TME A4 vacated by Nicolas Kiesa after the Dane broke his leg prior to the French round, Bjork has been given a chance to impress after taking Audi's first super touring car title in several years in the Swedish Touring Car Championship.

And impress he certainly has, stepping into an unfamiliar car on an unfamiliar circuit and immediately stunning onlookers by setting the third fastest time in practice.

Although qualifying proved to be more of a challenge for the Swede, 16th on the grid is still one of the team's best of the season, while scalps include his team-mate Vanina Ickx and Jean Alesi no less.

With that in mind, Bjork was content with his maiden qualifying effort and is eager to keep on improving for the race and potentially throw his name into the ring for a full-time drive in 2007.

"This was my first qualifying in a DTM car," he said. "Considering this, I think I managed a pretty good showing. We need to try and improve grip on the rear wheels and adjust the car a bit more to my style of driving. But I'm sure it'll be an interesting race."


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