Three Audi drivers managed to finish in the points in front of 60,000 spectators in the eighth DTM round of the season at the A1-Ring in Austria, but Martin Tomczyk had more reason to celebrate than anyone else.

The S line Audi Junior Team driver secured his first point in the current season with his eighth place finish.

"It was a hard-earned point," explained the 21-year-old, who regularly occupies starting positions at the front but has had some bad luck during the races, "I had a good start. I kept out of trouble on the opening lap and was behind Mattias [Ekstr?m] in seventh. The first pit stop was amazing - our strategy worked perfectly - and the well-deserved reward was my first point. That's really something!"

Stable-mates Ekstrom and Laurent Aiello were equally responsible for the team's strong performance. Defending champion Aiello just missed landing in the winners' circle with his fourth place finish, but just held on to the slight possibility of being able to retain his title.

Ekstr?m, who started the race from seventh position, gave the crowd an exciting show, duelling with his French team-mate from the start and following Aiello across the finish line in fifth place.

"That was a hard race," the Swede admitted, "I fought until I saw the chequered flag, but I just couldn't gain any ground. I'm looking towards the future. Zandvoort, where we're driving in two weeks, should suit us better."

Team director Hans-J?rgen Abt held similar views.

"We knew before this weekend that it would be hard for us at the A1-Ring," he concluded, "For this reason, I am satisfied at the moment. We gave it our all, and three drivers finished in the points. In this strong field, that's an amazing result."

 

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