Blom & Strom
Endurance racing fans will once again be seeing plenty of the Audi marque this year. Alongside the venerable R8 prototype, the DTM-derived TT-R silhouette racer will be the company's weapon of choice. One of them is already in action at Interlagos, at this very moment (the Mil Milhas Brasileiras), this one a private entry for the Negrão family. Now retired from DTM competition, the TT-R will have its main outing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. An official announcement was recently made regarding the driver lineup, and it is one that will be the source of much confusion among media folk.

"I hope they never team up": we have seen the "Brundell Twins" (Mark Blundell and Martin Brundle) and the "Flying Müllers" (Jörg and Dirk), now fellow Swedes Fredrik Ekblom and Mattias Ekström will share a car in the ‘Ring 24 Hours, prepared by the Abt Sportsline team.

dailysportscar.comOne of the two drove the #7 TT-R last year, with Biela / Abt / Wendlinger, which finished in a lowly 22nd place (the sister car was second - right) after an eventful 24 hours, while the other used to earn his pay in North America, driving the BMW M3 GTR in the ALMS. Can you recall who did what?

On the subject of the ‘Ring 24 Hours, one of them - it must have been Ekblom - remarked that "this is certainly an exceptional chance for me; a good car and a good team, with full works support, but the competition will be strong and it will be a closely fought race from start to finish" - you may remember that last year it was indeed very closely fought right into the 23rd hour.

"This is the one race every driver wants to do", said Ekblom, the reigning Swedish Touringcar Champion, "and so when you are offered a drive by Audi Sport, of course you gratefully accept. I have driven here (on the Nordschleife) before, and I can't wait for the 24 Hours; being in such good company will certainly help." - "Blom & Ström" will be joined by the Abt Sportsline team manager, Christian Abt, and probably by a fourth driver.

Not to be outdone by Opel's recent test in Portugal, the Audi team will travel to Spain in late February for its own three day endurance test session. "Nothing but testing and training for three days - tedious but useful," commented “Blom”.
Johannes Gauglica


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