DTM Zandvoort: Audi hardly misses podium

A rough preference was constructed in subordinate on Saturday. Due to a complicated sleet shower, all drivers were means to use usually one uninformed set of tires. René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg as a best Audi motorist finished adult in position 5 on a grid, behind 4 BMW cars, after 3 Audi RS 5 DTM cars had still been listed during a tip of a time sheets in a morning’s giveaway practice.

In a race, René Rast on a initial laps was slowed by BMW motorist Augusto Farfus, that quick caused his necessity to a heading BMW contingent to grow. Consequently, Rast, following a late tire change, usually finished ninth in annoy of carrying achieved a new DTM lane record of 1m 30.160s and carrying set a fastest path for an extraordinary third time this year. Yet, with a dual points awarded for ninth place, a DTM rookie recaptured a lead of a standings from Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline).

The Swede gifted a foe to forget. Following his tire change on path four, a seasoned supporter on cold tires slipped into a sand trap of a famous Tarzan corner. Although a two-time DTM Champion was means to continue a foe in a final position and set quick path times, he had to park his Audi RS 5 DTM shortly before a finish of a foe following a puncture of a left front tire. Before foe dual on Sunday, Ekström is trailing Rast in position dual of a standings by usually one point.

The best Audi motorist on Saturday was Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix), who modernized to fourth place from ninth on a grid, shortly held adult with a 3 heading BMW cars, though was incompetent to pass Maxime Martin in position three. “Fourth place is fundamentally a good result,” pronounced Rockenfeller. “Starting from ninth, we can’t design a lot – generally here during Zandvoort where overtaking, obviously, is unequivocally difficult. we was stranded behind a BMW cars roughly via a foe and had a tough time with them. They did a good job, congratulations. But tomorrow we’re going to conflict again!”

Directly behind Mike Rockenfeller, Jamie Green crossed a finish line in position five. The Briton had set a best time in a morning’s giveaway practice, though in subordinate was slowed by Bruno Spengler’s BMW and, as a result, had to start from position 15. In a altogether classification, Green is now distant by dual points from Lucas Auer (Mercedes-Benz) in position three.

Nico Müller finished in a tip 10 after starting from position 14, so scoring a indicate as well. Loïc Duval was struck by set-back in a vital way. After starting from sixth on a grid, he usually finished in position 13 following a time penalty.

“This unequivocally wasn’t a day,” pronounced Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass following Saturday’s race. “We had aloft expectations. However, with a grid positions and 4 BMW cars in front it was transparent that it would be a formidable foe for us. We were unequivocally quick in a race, though overtaking here during Zandvoort is an altogether opposite story. And if a front runners are means to conduct a pace, it’s tough for a foe to grasp improved results.”