DTM: Audi with clever Sunday during Zandvoort

Although a cars of aspirant BMW were authorised to start with 15 kilograms reduction weight Mike Rockenfeller, Loïc Duval (both Audi Sport Team Phoenix), Mattias Ekström and Nico Müller (both Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) primarily clinched positions dual to 5 for Audi on track. After a strange winner, Marco Wittmann (BMW), was released from a sequence in a dusk due to a crack of rules, Audi retroactively distinguished a 1-2-3-4 win. Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) in ninth place scored points as well. Only his teammate, René Rast, went home empty-handed on Sunday following a collision.

Mike Rockenfeller had to acknowledge better to Marco Wittmann by usually 0.807 seconds in a competition that remained a thriller adult until a end. On his favorite track, a 2013 DTM Champion softened from sixth to second place during a start and, like Wittmann, pitted after than many of a competitors. On a tire-killing lane during Zandvoort, this plan valid to be a right choice on Sunday.

After his array stop on path 13, Rockenfeller shortly sealed a opening to a heading Wittmann though was not means to pass him. “Like yesterday, we was stranded in a delivery of a BMW and was anticipating for Marco to make a mistake or for his tires to reduce some-more than mine. But that wasn’t a case,” pronounced a Audi campaigner. “When we start from position six, a second place is superb. Inheriting a feat retroactively is not a same as clinching one on a competition track. But a manners are like this and, obviously, we don’t mind holding home a additional points. For a group it’s illusory that Loïc (Duval) finished on lectern as well.”

The French DTM rookie showed a clever opening via a weekend. After carrying been a fastest motorist in a DTM for a initial time in a morning’s giveaway practice, he modernized in a competition from position 13 on a grid to third place and set a fastest path as well. Clinching his initial points and initial lectern were a deserved reward. Position 3 retroactively even became second place.

Overjoyed after a competition as good was Mattias Ekström, who with a hard-fought third place, recaptured a lead of a standings. Even shortly after a race’s midpoint, a Swede reported vibrations over group radio and a vigour detriment on a front left circle a few laps before a finish of a race. Consequently, a Audi motorist reduced gait in a right-hand turns and during a finish of a prolonged start-finish straight, thereby avoiding a tire blow-out. In doing so, he was safeguarded in a final theatre by his immature teammate Nico Müller, who came fourth behind Ekström.

An intensely unsatisfactory competition was gifted by Audi Sport Team Rosberg that had started from earnest positions 4 and five. Following a collision with Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) in a early stage, Jamie Green still went on from 17th to finish in a points. René Rast had to park his Audi RS 5 DTM with a shop-worn right back cessation after being strike by Maro Engel (Mercedes-Benz) and, as a result, mislaid a lead of a standings to Mattias Ekström.

“Obviously, that was unequivocally frustrating, not slightest since René (Rast) was using unequivocally good too,” pronounced Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “Still, it was a good group outcome for us. It was an impossibly sparkling competition since adult until a final notation we couldn’t be certain that Mattias (Ekström) would make it to a finish. We listened on a radio that he was carrying problems with a tire acceleration vigour and we saw other drivers with punctures. Mike (Rockenfeller) gathering another clever competition and Loïc (Duval) has finally scored his initial points – and immediately with a lectern result.”