In fervent expectation of DTM classical in a Eifel

The aim of a 4 rings is clear: a Audi drivers are set on grabbing as many points as probable from a foe with a plain group opening and to so grasp a best probable starting bottom in a final scurry for a pretension battle. In a drivers’ standings, Mattias Ekström has to revoke a 39-point opening to a personality of a standings. In a manufacturers’ classification, Audi is in distinguished stretch as a runner-up.

Since a DTM’s quip in 2000, a Nürburgring has been a tie on a calendar. After a Hockenheimring, there is no other venue that has hosted as many DTM rounds as a Eifel circuit, which, not slightest due to a fanciful continue conditions, has done for many illusory races. With a Nordschleife and a outrageous unrestrained of a fans a eventuality is one of a good DTM classics. Seven times an Audi motorist has entered his name on a winners’ list, many recently Mattias Ekström in a 2011 season.

For Timo Scheider, Mike Rockenfeller and Audi Sport Team Phoenix a spin during a Nürburgring is a home race. Both a two-time champion and a stream champion grew adult in tighten vicinity to a lane and therefore are looking brazen to many relatives, friends and acquaintances to keep their fingers crossed for them. The group of Ernst Moser that fields a Audi RS 5 DTM cars of Scheider and Rockenfeller usually has to cranky a transport from a bottom in Meuspath to a paddock.

The drivers finish 49 laps on a 3.629-kilometer brief configuration. The start-finish-straight in front of a initial spin and a back-straight in front of a equivocation yield dual suitable sections in that a drag rebate complement (DRS), that can be used to squash a behind wing by pulling a button, can support overtaking maneuvers.

TV viewers can watch a DTM live: ‘Das Erste’ will be airing live coverage from a Nürburgring on Saturday starting during 13.30 and on Sunday starting during 13.15 (CEST). Tickets for a whole 2014 DTM deteriorate can be purchased online during or telephonically on +49 841 89-47777.

Quotes by a officials

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “Following a formidable weekend in Austria we can frequency wait to transport to a Nürburgring. We’ve got something to make adult for. Our opening in subordinate was a accountability during Spielberg. That’s given we are going to intensively ready in sequence to work out a softened starting bottom on Saturday for a successive race. If we conduct to do that we should be in row for feat during a Nürburgring. Although Mattias’ (Ekström) opening in a standings has spin incomparable we’re going to try and conflict for a Championship.”

Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline):
“The Nürburgring has a special stress for us. As a team, we clinched a initial ever DTM feat here and subsequently gifted many other good moments. Our corner aim is to squeeze as many points as probable from Marco Wittmann in sequence to put Mattias (Ekström) behind into a pretension race.”

Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix):
“The competition during a Nürburgring is one of a highlights on a calendar for us. Our aim, clearly, is to bind a initial feat of a deteriorate for Audi in a home race. We still have to do some some-more task before a eventuality in sequence to get all right on a mark.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg):
“For me personally, this is a home spin as good given we was innate nearby a Nürburgring. The whole patrol is rarely encouraged and set on winning a race.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Mattias Ekström (36/S), Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #7 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
•  Has won during a Nürburgring twice in his career
•  In position dual is a best-placed Audi motorist in a Championship
“The Nürburgring is one of my personal favorites on a calendar because, ideally, we can mix dual good things with any other: a successful weekend in a DTM automobile on a competition lane and a few laps in a quick prolongation Audi on a adjacent Nordschleife.”

Jamie Green (32/GB), Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM #21 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
•  Scored points for a third time this deteriorate during Spielberg
•  Has finished in a tip 5 5 times during a Nürburgring
“At Spielberg, we was means to conflict for feat and design to be means to do so again during a Nürburgring. My guys and we are aiming for feat any weekend – and we trust that’s realistic, too.”

Miguel Molina (25/E), Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM #8 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
•  Missed scoring a indicate in Austria by merely 0.410 seconds
•  Lived in a Eifel during his time with Audi Sport Team Phoenix
“The Nürburgring is one of my favorite tracks. The lane suits a car, I’m rarely encouraged and a group is doing a good pursuit – so we’ve got all a mixture for a successful weekend.”

Edoardo Mortara (27/I), Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM #15 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
•  In position 4 is a second-best Audi motorist in a Championship
•  Drove a second-fastest path of all Audi drivers in Austria
“Basically, a lane suits me well. But we’ve all had to learn this year that a DTM is some-more indeterminate than ever before. A lot will count on achieving an optimal subordinate opening – afterwards all will be possible.”

Nico Müller (22/CH), Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM #22 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
•  Is using for a initial time in a DTM automobile during a Nürburgring
•  Lost belligerent during Spielberg due to a drive-through penalty
“The Nürburgring is a cold track. I’m looking brazen to it. I’ve gotten past a competition during Spielberg and would like to continue my opening from Moscow where we scored points.”

Mike Rockenfeller (30/D), Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #1 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
•  Grew adult in Neuwied, only a few kilometers divided from a Nürburgring
•  Drove a fastest competition path during Spielberg
“After a few formidable races, a Nürburgring would be a ideal place for clinching a good outcome again. Of march we can’t force anything to occur in a DTM, only given this is a home spin for my group and me. We’re going to try all and have a good possibility of being in row during a unequivocally front.”

Timo Scheider (35/D), AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM #2 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
•  In fifth place, achieved his best outcome of a deteriorate so distant during Spielberg
•  Has started 18 times during a Nürburgring in his career – some-more than any other motorist in a stream field
“My biggest wish would be for a fibre of set-back to finish and for us to collect adult accurately where we left off during Spielberg. The home spin is unequivocally special given my friends and acquaintances will be there to keep their fingers crossed. In addition, this is also a home competition of my Audi Sport Team Phoenix and my team-mate. So there are many good reasons to adult a ante there.”

Adrien Tambay (23/F), Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM #16 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
•  Has softened to fifth place in a championship
•  Made a quickest array stop of all drivers during Spielberg
“The Nürburgring is a illusory venue with a good story in motorsport. That’s another reason given I’m looking brazen to a competition there. It’s good to feel a good proclivity of a whole group to finally bind a initial victory. Our opening in a competition was crafty during Spielberg. Now we’re set on upping a ante in qualifying.”

The Audi drivers in a 2014 DTM

Mattias Ekström (S): * Jul 14, 1978 in Falun (S); residence: Salenstein (CH); singular (partner Heidi), one son (Mats); one daughter (Hanna); height: 1.83 m; weight: 79 kg; Audi motorist given 1999; DTM races: 140; stick positions: 19; victories: 17; fastest laps: 13; points: 739; DTM titles: 2 (2004, 2007); best outcome DTM Nürburgring: 1 (2005, 2011)

Jamie Green (GB): * Jun 14, 1982 in Leicester (GB); residence: Monaco (MC); married to Ginny, dual sons (Zachary and William); height: 1.78 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2013; DTM races: 99; stick positions: 7; victories: 8; fastest laps: 13; points: 424.5; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Nürburgring: 3

Miguel Molina (E): * Feb 17, 1989 in Barcelona (E); residence: Lloret de Mar (E); single; height: 1.75 m; weight: 64 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; DTM races: 47; stick positions: 2; victories: 0 (best result: 2nd place); fastest laps: 3; points: 79; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Nürburgring: 8

Edoardo Mortara (I): * Jan 12, 1987 in Geneva (CH); residence: Geneva (CH); engaged; height: 1.82 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; DTM races: 36; stick positions: 1; victories: 2; fastest laps: 0; points: 147; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Nürburgring: 2

Nico Müller (CH): * Feb 25, 1992 in Thun (CH); residence: Blumenstein (CH); singular (partner Lara); height: 1.85 m; weight: 73 kg; Audi motorist given 2014; DTM races: 6; stick positions: 0; victories: 0; fastest laps: 1; points: 10; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Nürburgring: –

Mike Rockenfeller (D): * Oct 31, 1983 in Neuwied (D); residence: Landschlacht (CH); married to Susanne; one son (Phil); height: 1.75 m; weight: 68 kg; Audi motorist given 2007; DTM races: 77; stick positions: 3; victories: 3; fastest laps: 4; points: 336; DTM titles: 1 (2013); best outcome DTM Nürburgring: 3

Timo Scheider (D): * Nov 10, 1978 in Lahnstein (D); residence: Lochau (A); singular (partner Jessica), one son (Loris-Romeo); height: 1.78 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi motorist given 2006; DTM races: 145; stick positions: 11; victories: 6; fastest laps: 9; points: 429; DTM titles: 2 (2008, 2009); best outcome DTM Nürburgring: 2

Adrien Tambay (F): * Feb 25, 1991 in Paris (F); residence: Lochau (A); single; height: 1.81 m; weight: 69 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; DTM races: 26; stick positions: 1; victories: 0 (best result: 2nd place); fastest laps: 1; points: 94; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Nürburgring: 6

DTM drivers’ standings after 6 of 10 rounds

  1 Marco Wittmann (BMW)        95 points
  2 Mattias Ekström (Audi)        56 points
  3 Bruno Spengler (BMW)        42 points
  4 Edoardo Mortara (Audi)        41 points
  5 Adrien Tambay (Audi)        36 points
  6 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi)        35 points

  7 Maxime Martin (BMW)        33 points
  8 Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz)      33 points
  9 Augusto Farfus (BMW)        33 points
10 Timo Glock (BMW)          33 points
11 Jamie Green (Audi)        28 points
12 Miguel Molina (Audi)        26 points
13 Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz)      25 points
14 Martin Tomczyk (BMW)        20 points
15 Timo Scheider (Audi)        19 points
16 Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz)      14 points
17 Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz)      12 points
18 Nico Müller (Audi)          10 points
19 Joey Hand (BMW)          7 points
20 António Félix da Costa (BMW)      4 points
21 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)      4 points

DTM manufacturers’ standings

  1 BMW            267 points
  2 Audi            251 points
  3 Mercedes-Benz          88 points

DTM teams’ standings

  1 BMW Team RMG          128 points
  2 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline      82 points
  3 Audi Sport Team Abt        77 points

  4 BMW Team Schnitzer        62 points
  5 Audi Sport Team Phoenix        54 points
  6 Original-Teile Mercedes AMG      45 points
  7 BMW Team RBM          40 points
  8 Audi Sport Team Rosberg        38 points
  9 BMW Team MTEK          37 points
10 EURONICS/FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG  29 points
11 gooix Mercedes AMG        14 points

Audi statistics in a DTM (since 1990)

Champion’s titles: 9 (in 16 years)
Victories: 65 (in 214 races)
Pole positions: 72 (in 178 subordinate sessions)
Fastest laps: 61 (in 214 races)
Podium positions: 216 (in 214 races)

All Nürburgring winners given 2000

2000 2 x Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz), 2 x Manuel Reuter (Opel)
2001 2 x Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi)
2002 Uwe Alzen (Mercedes-Benz)
2003 Christijan Albers (Mercedes-Benz), Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi)
2004 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2005 Mattias Ekström (Audi)
2006 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz)
2007 Martin Tomczyk (Audi)
2008 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz)
2009 Martin Tomczyk (Audi)
2010 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz)
2011 Mattias Ekström (Audi)

2012 Bruno Spengler (BMW)
2013 Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz)

2013 flashback: crafty plan of a successive champion

84,000 spectators saw a illusory DTM competition in that sleet set in on a arrangement lap. Following a violent starting path with countless slips, spins and contacts a reserve automobile was deployed – and during that time Mike Rockenfeller was during a finish of a field. Audi Sport Team Phoenix motionless to use a unsure plan and called Rockenfeller in to switch to sleet tires during a reserve automobile period. As a result, ‘Rocky’ managed to conflict his approach brazen to a front of a margin from 20th place within only 5 laps and achieved an advantage of scarcely half a minute. Although, due to a strategy, he had to make an additional array stop, he finished a competition in fourth place.

Track info

Track length: 3.629 km
Race distance: 49 laps = 177.821 km
DTM subordinate record on this track: Mattias Ekström (Audi), Aug 06, 2005, 1m 22.793s (157.796 km/h)
DTM competition record on this track: Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz), Aug 18, 2013, 1m 23.835s (155.835 km/h)
Pole position 2013: Augusto Farfus (BMW), 1m 23.296s
Fastest path 2013: Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz), 1m 23.835s
Turnout 2013: 84,000
TV live rating 2013: 1.71 million / 12.8 % marketplace share (source: ARD)

Miguel Molina about a Nürburgring: “I’ve got some lustful memories of a Nürburgring and achieved some good formula there. The circuit is a multiple of quick and delayed sections. It frequency forgives any mistakes and requires us drivers to entirely combine on each meter. There are dual sections in that we can use DRS, that gives us a few opportunities in terms of strategy. In 2013, it was raining, so we’re still lacking knowledge in that respect. we don’t unequivocally have a favorite section. But a equivocation in front of a final spin is important. You’ve got to optimally enter it and take a lot of speed with you. If we don’t conduct that, you’ll take this necessity with we all a approach to a start-finish straight.”

Timetable (CEST)

Friday, Aug 15
14.05 – 14.40  Roll-out

Saturday, Aug 16
08.00 – 09.00  Free practice
10.10 – 11.10  Free practice
13.40 – 14.30  Qualifying

Sunday, Aug 17
10.00 – 10.35  Pit stop practice
13.30    Race

TV report (‘Das Erste’ live)

Saturday, Aug 16
13.30    Qualifying

Sunday, Aug 17
13.15    Race

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