Strong opening by Audi drivers in DTM deteriorate opener

Disappointment after qualifying, cheers after a race: a patrol led by Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass gifted an romantic drum coaster on competition day one of a 2017 DTM. Following a formidable subordinate session, Nico Müller started from grid position 8 as a best Audi driver. The dual former DTM Champions Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekström had to settle for grid positions 16 and 17 and René Rast even had to start from a array line after a passenger’s doorway of his automobile had been flung open on a arrangement lap.

However, in a race, all 3 Audi campaigners were means to uncover a intensity of a new Audi RS 5 DTM – quite over a competition stretch and with opposite strategies. Mike Rockenfeller altered tires really early, René Rast shortly before a race’s midpoint, and Mattias Ekström usually 10 laps before a finish of a race. At a finish, a 3 Audi RS 5 DTM cars of a 3 Audi Sport teams, Phoenix, Abt Sportsline and Rosberg, were in positions three, 5 and six, distant by usually 2.5 seconds.

The happiest supporter following a fantastic competition was Mike Rockenfeller who in a DTM had many recently finished in a tip 3 in a 2015 season. “Being on lectern again and holding a prize home is mega cool,” pronounced “Rocky.” “From 16thon a grid, that couldn’t be expected. We deployed all a skills. The plan was good and we also had a small fortune. we don’t mind holding these points home. Thank we to a team!”

Mattias Ekström dispossessed a improved grid position by creation a mistake in qualifying, though done adult for it in a race. The Swede usually indispensable 4 laps to allege from position 17 on a grid into a tip ten, overtook one opposition after a other following a late tire change and did a fastest competition path as well. With Nico Müller in position nine, a sum of 4 Audi drivers finished a deteriorate opener in a points. The Swiss mislaid some time during his array stop and a improved position due to an emanate with his left back wheel. 

Loïc Duval in his initial DTM competition came in 14th place after carrying started from a really back of a grid. Jamie Green, in a conflict for position 10 in a early stage, collided with Maro Engel. Following a drive-through penalty, a Briton saw a mottled dwindle in 18th place.

“After a unsatisfactory qualifying, we can be really happy with a competition today,” pronounced Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “We put 4 cars into a points and 3 into a tip six. From a grid positions, we could have frequency achieved more. It was a glorious competition and with a changes in a regulations we achieved what we’d been formulation to achieve. Congratulations to Lucas Auer – though a loyal winners currently are a DTM fans.”

Race dual of a deteriorate will start on Sunday during 15:15. ARD will start to atmosphere live coverage on “Das Erste” during 15:00 (CEST).