The seventh DTM competition of a year was motionless right during a start. While Edoardo Mortara on a some-more sleazy inside forsaken from second to third place, Mike Rockenfeller was means to urge from third to second place behind a quickest in qualifying, Marco Wittmann. These positions remained unvaried adult to a finish. 1.2 seconds behind Wittmann, ‘Rocky’ in a Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM crossed a finish line in second place, followed 10 seconds after in third place by Edoardo Mortara in a Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM.
“I’m happy about second place,” pronounced Mike Rockenfeller after carrying clinched his so distant best outcome in his DTM home race. “‘Thank you’ to Team Phoenix and Audi. Marco Wittmann tranquil a race. we usually came a bit closer towards a end. Maybe we could have grabbed him if a competition had lasted 5 laps longer. But you’ve also got to accept that he was simply stronger than we were this weekend.”
Rockenfeller and Mortara were a usually dual Audi drivers to modify their good grid positions into points during a Nürburgring. Adrien Tambay in his Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM forsaken to 16th place in a starting turmoil and in a end, in eleventh place, hardly missed scoring a point. Jamie Green in a Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg modernized to fourth place after a start, though was subsequently relegated to position 15 after his Audi had been shop-worn in several incidents of physique contact.
The other 4 Audi drivers had to park their Audi RS 5 DTM cars early following collisions. Mattias Ekström was strike by Timo Glock’s BMW right on a starting lap, with a back cessation of his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM being shop-worn in a incident. Miguel Molina suffered a puncture in a strike during a start and had to park his Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM after usually 4 laps as well. Timo Scheider’s AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM on path 7 was pushed into a Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM of his code co-worker Nico Müller by Mercedes motorist Robert Wickens. Both Audi drivers had to retire shortly afterwards.
“Having dual drivers on lectern in a DTM is fundamentally a good result,” pronounced Dieter Gass, Head of DTM during Audi Sport. “Congratulations to Mike (Rockenfeller) and Edo (Mortara). Obviously, it’s not acceptable that usually these dual managed to make use of their good grid positions. There were a integrate of scenes currently we need to delicately demeanour during again. Losing 4 out of 8 cars due to collisions is painful.”
Despite his retirement, Mattias Ekström continues to arrange in second place of a standings. Edoardo Mortara, with a same score, trails him in third place. In a manufacturers’ standings, a gaps most remained unvaried during a Nürburgring. With 284 points and an 18-point opening Audi continues to have chances of winning a manufacturers’ title.
Following a three-week break, a subsequent conflict for points will take place during a Lausitzring on Sep 14.
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