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Hi guys, thought this clip from MNI might be interesting.
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SATCC: Audi season preview
* colin.windell@digitec.co.za (Colin Windell) 
* Digitec Online - South Africa
* Thu Feb 22 19:21:01 EST 1996
Audi go to the first round of the AA Fleetcare South African Super 
Touring series at Kyalami on March 9 in the invidious position of 
being both the team to beat (as far as the competition is concerned) 
and the team with the most to prove...or lose.
The absolute domination of the Audi A4 in Super Touring racing 
overseas last year culminated with World Champion Frank Biela - not 
unexpectedly - scoring two wins in the International event at 
What made spectators, and other teams, sit up and take notice was 
that, in his very first outing in a brand new car, Chris Aberdein 
comfortably won both his heats.
For the 1996 season the AA Fleetcare Super Touring cars will all run 
on Michelin tyres and this could make a significant difference 
throughout the field as teams make the minute adjustments necessary 
to ensure optimum synergy between chassis, suspension and tyres.
"We have managed to do some testing at Kyalami already," says Andre 
van der Watt, manager of Audi Sport. "When Audi came out from 
Germany to do their 'winter' testing at Kyalami we used the occasion 
to give both the Rothmans Audi drivers, Chris Aberdein and Terry 
Moss, a chance to run their cars.
"Of course for Terry Moss it was also his first chance behind the 
wheel of an A4. Both drivers put in a number of laps and we did do 
some testing on the new Michelins, making small adjustments to the 
suspension settings.
"But, the real effects of the new tyres will remain 'shrouded in 
mystery' until the official practice sessions before the race, and 
I'm pretty sure all the other team managers are going be very cagey 
about what they reveal until then.
"We're looking forward to a tremendously competitive season and both 
the Rothmans Audi drivers are enormously positive about the Audi A4 
and its chances against strong competition. Both are also 
exceptionally motivated."
Although Van der Watt is keeping 'mum' about the actual performance 
of the two Rothmans cars during the early testing he did say the 
cars remained essentially the same as the cars raced during the 
International at the end of last season.
"Why change a winning formula," he said.
Colin Windell
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