“We had a really good weekend” – Rockenfeller
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Three days after the announcement of the BMW driver line-up for the 2017 DTM season it was Audi’s turn to announce their drivers for 2017
And other than their rivals from Munich, Audi added two new signings to their line-up for next year: Frenchman Loïc Duval and their previous DTM reserve driver René Rast will contest the coming season with the Audi RS 5 DTM.
Audi re-orientated their motor-racing strategy – but the DTM involvement remained untouched
This Wednesday (26th October, in front of some 300 motor-sport department employees, Chairman Rupert Stadler announced and presented the reorientation of the premium brand. While the Ingolstadters say farewell to the FIA WEC to join the Formula E with a works effort, DTM will remain an attractive field of activity for the brand with the four rings. It would be important to focus on the things that would keep Audi competitive in the coming years, Stadler stressed.
Porsche is the one with the most experienced driver at Le Mans
Looking in detail at the driver line-ups entered by Porsche in this 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is interesting to see that of the numbers compiled, the German marque counts in its ranks the most experienced driver of all in LM P1, but also the one who competed in the oldest edition of Le Mans (1998)!
Four times four rings. Audi dominated prodceedings in third free practice at the Red Bull Ring
Once again, Edoardo Mortara (1:22.654 minutes) concluded the session as the best-placed driver of his manufacturer. Neither his fellow Audi driver Jamie Green (1:22.759 minutes) nor the Phoenix duo of Timo Scheider (1:22.805 minutes) and Mike Rockenfeller (1:22.857 minutes) were able to beat the Italian’s time.
On the second of the four days of testing at the Hockenheimring, the manufacturers opted for different strategies
While Mercedes-Benz tested with the same four drivers as on day one – Maximilian Götz, Daniel Juncadella, Esteban Ocon and Lucas Auer – Audi and BMW let the drivers execute the work who weren’t involved on Tuesday.
Young DTM drivers made their mark on the DTM race at Oschersleben on Sunday, first and foremost BMW driver Tom Blomqvist.
According to his own words, the past weeks have been the bitterest period in his 25 years as motor racer.
Therefore, Timo Scheider particularly looks forward to getting back behind the wheel of his racing car at Oschersleben. After the “Push him off” affair at Spielberg and the resulting ban for the Moscow weekend, the Audi driver just can’t wait for going back out onto the track, from 11th to 13th September in the Magdeburger Börde.
The number of test days permitted in the DTM are strictly limited
Which makes the task that Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller must complete from March 2-4 in Portuguese Portimão even more important: about two months before the 2015 DTM season starts, Audi Sport puts two RS 5 DTM test cars through their paces.
Mattias Ekström scored his second victory in a row in the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring.
In bright sunshine, the Audi works driver came to the fore against his fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green in a thrilling dash towards the chequered flag. With Paul Di Resta and Marco Wittmann, the best-placed Mercedes-Benz and BMW driver followed in fourth and fifth place respectively.
With his Audi RS 5 DTM, Mike Rockenfeller secured pole position in qualifying for the penultimate season round at Zandvoort.
Thus, last year’s title winner will start the race ahead of freshly-crowned champion Marco Wittmann (BMW). “A great result. We knew that we would be good here. Moreover, the track at Zandvoort simply suits me.
Marco Wittmann was the benchmark in DTM qualifying at Nürburgring
At the 3.629 kilometres long sprint circuit in the Eifel, the BMW driver topped the time sheets with 1:22.780 minutes. Behind the current DTM points’ leader, Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara, Mike Rockenfeller, Jamie Green, Timo Scheider and Miguel Molina follow in second to sixth place. The fastest Mercedes-Benz driver was Spaniard Daniel Juncadella in seventh place.