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Audi's 1997 motor sport programme
>From the Audi Webpage:
Audi to enter Super Touring cars again in 1997
During the 1997 season, Audi and its
works teams will be participating in the
ADAC Super Touring Car Cup in
Germany, as well as in the British and
Italian Touring Car championships. The
manufacturer of premium cars announced
its decision at the champions' party it held
in Ingolstadt on Saturday December 7,
Audi will be entering four A4 quattro
models in ADAC Super Touring Car Cup
events, driven by Emanuele Pirro, Philipp
Peter, Yvan Muller and Tamara Vidali.
Together with John Bintcliffe, Frank Biela
will be driving once again in England, while
Rinaldo Capello and his new team
colleague Karl Wendlinger will be at the
starting line in Italy. In the season just
conluded, Audi won no less than seven
championship titles worldwide.
With the company's support, Audi
importers in Australia, Belgium and Spain
will once again be entering the A4 quattro
in their national Super Touring Car
championships. The Austrian importer
Porsche Austria will enter an Audi A4
quattro in the ADAC Super Touring Car
Cup, with Ralf Kalaschek at the wheel.
Since the World Motor Sport Association
(FIA) has forbidden four-wheel drive from
1998 onwards, Audi sees the 1997
season as a transitional year, in which the
company will also concentrate hard on
developing a front-wheel drive car for
However, there is another reason why it will
be difficult for Audi to repeat this year's
success in 1997: on Friday December 6th,
1996, the FIA decided to increase the
Audi A4 quattro's basic weight by 30
kilograms to 1,070 kilograms. "That
means that from the outset, we'll be
carrying 95 kilograms more than our
front-wheel drive competitors in 1997,"
says Audi's head of motor sport, Dr.
Wolfgang Ullrich. "Overcoming this
handicap is a virtually impossible task - but
Audi has always been eager to take on
. Hans-Juergen Schneider / firstname.lastname@example.org .
. 200 Quattro / 90 Coupe Quattro 20V .
. Germany .