Audi motorist Rockenfeller reaches for DTM title

Posted on 20. Sep, 2013 by in Audi Canada

Eight drivers, one opinion: Zandvoort is one of a positively favorite marks of a Audi drivers due to a circuit’s characteristics with hilltops, discerning turns and several overtaking opportunities and a singular plcae in a dunes directly on a Dutch North Sea Coast. The statistics endorse a certain feeling of a drivers. There is no other lane on a competition calendar that Audi has been some-more successful on ever given a DTM’s quip in 2000 than Zandvoort. Seven times a motorist of a 4 rings was on a tip of a podium, with Mattias Ekström, who has a sum of 3 victories in a Netherlands underneath his belt, streamer a list.



This year, a eyes of a motorsport fans are focused on a duel of Mike Rockenfeller vs. BMW motorist Augusto Farfus, a usually remaining opposition in a conflict for a Championship. The Audi motorist is roving to Zandvoort with a 33-point advantage and, in box of holding feat or second place, would be dynamic early as a new DTM Champion. Augusto Farfus has to digest a opening to a German to a extent of 25 points to still have a probability of claiming a pretension in a culmination during Hockenheim on Oct 20.

In further to personality of a standings Mike Rockenfeller, his code colleagues Mattias Ekström, Tom Kristensen and Edoardo Mortara have formerly entered their names on a winners’ list during this competition track. The former Audi motorist Laurent Aiello distinguished his early pretension win during Zandvoort in 2002. The two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider started here from a stick position 4 times, nonetheless he has been deprived of a feat so far.


The 4.307-kilometer circuit is located around 45 mins from Amsterdam, has been on a competition calendar each year given 2001 and is deliberate one of a many severe marks of a deteriorate in terms of pulling skills. Fine silt from a dunes mostly creates a tarmac intensely sleazy off a racing line. Particularly a start-finish true lends itself to a use of a Drag Reduction System (DRS) with that a drivers squash a behind wing angle by pulling a symbol on a steering wheel. But Mattias Ekström sees a probability in a discerning multiple following spin 3 as well: “If a complement can be used there, it’lll be a many stirring DRS domain of a whole year.”

Tickets for all DTM races of a 2013 deteriorate are accessible during www.audi-motorsport.com/dtm. In many countries of a universe fans can watch subordinate and a competition live on a DTM’s YouTube channel during www.youtube.com/dtmint.

In Germany, ARD will promote subordinate live on “Das Erste” on Saturday (September 28) starting during 14:30 and a competition on Sunday (September 29) starting during 13:15.

Quotes by a officials

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “According to past knowledge Zandvoort is good domain for us. Although a deteriorate has shown that a relations strengths from a prior year don’t indispensably have to request we’re still roving with certainty to a penultimate competition of a season. At Oschersleben, we saw how a plain group opening is reflected in a several classifications of a DTM. Consequently, a good group outcome is again a aim during Zandvoort.”

Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): “Our group has special memories of Zandvoort. On Sep 29, 2002, in other difference accurately eleven years ago, we won a initial DTM pretension there with Laurent Aiello. This year, Mike (Rockenfeller) is battling for a Championship. We’re going to give all to support him in this. And a best approach to do that is by scoring as many points as possible.”

Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix): “Zandvoort is one of a favorite tracks. With Mike (Rockenfeller) during a front and a good position in a group sequence we’ve got a sights set on dual titles. Maybe we can close it all in right here on a North Sea Coast.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “After a outcome during Oschersleben, we’re roving to Zandvoort with confidence. Filipe (Albuquerque) has finally jarred off his set-back – that’s what we’d like to build on.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Filipe Albuquerque (28/P), Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM #6 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
•  Scored his initial points of a 2013 deteriorate during Oschersleben
•  In fourth place, usually hardly missed a podium
“I’ve always been discerning during Zandvoort so distant yet have never been means to bind a genuine result. For my group and me, things are going improved and better, that gives me proclivity for a subsequent dual races. The lectern continues to be my aim.”

Mattias Ekström (35/S), Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #11 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
•  Celebrated his initial DTM feat during Zandvoort on September29
•  Won a competition during Zandvoort 3 times and was on a lectern 8 times
“Thinking about a lane during Zandvoort immediately puts me in a good mood. we unequivocally like pulling there. In addition, I’ve got many certain experiences, for instance my initial feat many years ago. In a competition behind then, a code co-worker distinguished his Champion’s pretension during a same time – that would be a good multiple this year again.”

Jamie Green (31/GB), Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #12 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
•  Was on a lectern during Oschersleben for a initial time as an Audi driver
•  Has scored points in 56 percent of his prior DTM races
“Zandvoort is one of a fastest marks on a calendar where we can make unequivocally good use of a RS 5 DTM’s aerodynamics. There aren’t many circuits with such characteristics, so we utterly demeanour brazen to his competition each year.”

Miguel Molina (24/E), Audi RS 5 DTM #20 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
•  Has scored points in a past dual races of a season
•  Together with Mike Rockenfeller is battling for feat in a group classification
“Zandvoort is a good place. I’ve got lustful memories of a lane given that’s where we managed a jump into a final subordinate shred for a initial time. I’d like to continue a ceiling trend of a past few races.”

Edoardo Mortara (26/F/I), Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
•  Won a competition during Zandvoort final year
•  Achieved his second-best outcome of a deteriorate during Oschersleben
 “After a comparatively decent competition during Oschersleben, I’m anticipating for us to make a subsequent step during Zandvoort and to finally put a strain of set-back behind us. we won during Zandvoort in 2012 and have mostly raced there during other events as well. Now we’ve got to conduct a flawless weekend and afterwards we’ll grasp improved formula again too.”

Mike Rockenfeller (29/D), Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #19 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
•  Is a usually motorist in a margin to have scored in all of a 2013 races
•  Is starting a penultimate competition of a deteriorate with an advantage of 33 points
“Zandvoort is my favorite track. I’m looking brazen to a competition with outrageous expectation and would apparently like to win a Championship there as well. Although we can’t force that to occur we know it works: We’ve got to do a pursuit with high thoroughness and afterwards see if that’s adequate or not. If it isn’t, afterwards we’ll usually be experiencing a prohibited culmination during Hockenheim. But with Zandvoort being such a good track, that also suits us well, I‘m roving to a North Sea seashore with rhythmical optimism.”

Timo Scheider (34/D), AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM #23 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
•  Has started from a stick position an extraordinary 4 times during Zandvoort
•  Has finished in a tip 5 5 times in a Netherlands
“I’ve got so many memories of Zandvoort. For instance, I’ve clinched 4 stick positions there – yet not a singular victory. That’s utterly a bit of unprepared business for me. It would be good to finish it this year with a certain movement from Oschersleben. I’m unequivocally many looking brazen to Zandvoort given it’s my positively favorite track.”

Adrien Tambay (22/F), Audi ultra RS 5 DTM #24 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
•  In fifth place, scored his initial DTM points final year
•  Most recently, finished in a points 3 times in period in a 2013 season
“At Zandvoort, we took my first-ever DTM points final year, so I’m gratified to lapse to this venue. I’ve finished in a tip 10 3 uninterrupted times many recently and wish to continue this fibre during all cost in Holland.”

The Audi drivers in a 2013 DTM

Filipe Albuquerque (P): * Jun 13, 1985 in Coimbra (P); residence: Coimbra (P); singular (partner Joana); height: 1.74 m; weight: 65 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; DTM races: 28; stick positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 2nd place); fastest laps: 0; points: 47; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 15

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: 132; stick positions: 19; victories: 17; fastest laps: 12; points: 659; DTM titles: 2 (2004, 2007); best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 1 (2002, 2004, 2008)

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: 91; stick positions: 7; victories: 8; fastest laps: 13; points: 396,5; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 4

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: 39; stick positions: 2; victories: 0 (best result: 3rd place); fastest laps: 1; points: 42; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 5

Edoardo Mortara (F/I): * Jan 12, 1987 in Geneva (CH); residence: Geneva (CH); engaged; height: 1.82 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; DTM races: 28; stick positions: 1; victories: 2; fastest laps: 0; points: 106; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 1 (2012)

Mike Rockenfeller (D): * Oct 31, 1983 in Neuwied (D); residence: Landschlacht (CH); singular (partner Susanne); height: 1.75 m; weight: 68 kg; Audi motorist given 2007; DTM races: 69; stick positions: 3; victories: 3; fastest laps: 3; points: 283; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 1 (2011)

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: 137; stick positions: 11; victories: 6; fastest laps: 9; points: 395; DTM titles: 2 (2008, 2009); best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 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: 18; stick positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 2nd place); fastest laps: 1; points: 50; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Zandvoort: 5

DTM drivers’ standings after 8 of 10 rounds
  1 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi)        124 points
  2 Augusto Farfus (BMW)        91 points
  3 Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz)      71 points
  4 Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz)      70 points
  5 Bruno Spengler (BMW)        67 points
  6 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)      65 points
  7 Mattias Ekström (Audi)        44 points
  8 Marco Wittmann (BMW)        39 points
  9 Jamie Green (Audi)          35 points
10 Dirk Werner (BMW)        26 points
11 Joey Hand (BMW)          26 points
12 Adrien Tambay (Audi)        22 points
13 Timo Scheider (Audi)        22 points

14 Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-Benz)    20 points
15 Timo Glock (BMW)          15 points
16 Filipe Albuquerque (Audi)        12 points
17 Martin Tomczyk (BMW)        10 points
18 Roberto Merhi (Mercedes-Benz)       8 points
19 Miguel Molina (Audi)         8 points
20 Edoardo Mortara (Audi)         3 points
21 Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz)       3 points
22 Andy Priaulx (BMW)         2 points

DTM manufacturers’ standings
  1 BMW            276 points
  2 Audi            267 points
  3 Mercedes-Benz          237 points

DTM group standings
  1 STIHL/AMG Mercedes        141 points
  2 Audi Sport Team Phoenix        132 points
  3 BMW Team RBM          117 points
  4 BMW Team Schnitzer       93 points
  5 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline     79 points
  6 EURONICS/THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG     73 points
  7 BMW Team MTEK         54 points
  8 Audi Sport Team Abt       44 points
  9 stern/AMG Mercedes       23 points
10 Audi Sport Team Rosberg         15 points
11 BMW Team RMG         12 points

Audi statistics in a DTM (since 1990)

Champion’s titles: 8 (in 16 years)
Victories: 65 (in 206 races)
Pole positions: 71 (in 170 subordinate sessions)
Fastest laps: 56 (in 206 races)
Podium positions: 206 (in 206 races)

All Zandvoort winners given 2001

2001 Uwe Alzen (Mercedes-Benz)
2002 Mattias Ekström (Abt-Audi)
2003 Christijan Albers (Mercedes-Benz)
2004 Mattias Ekström (Audi)
2005 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2006 Tom Kristensen (Audi)
2007 Martin Tomczyk (Audi)
2008 Mattias Ekström (Audi)

2009 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2010 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2011 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi)
2012 Edoardo Mortara (Audi)

2012 flashback: Audi celebrates one-two-three win

39,000 spectators saw a fantastic DTM competition in intensely formidable conditions. Rain showers from a circuitously North Sea kept unconditional opposite a competition lane that was never soppy adequate yet to switch to sleet tires. In a tough duel, Edoardo Mortara prevailed opposite Mike Rockenfeller, who had taken a lead during a start and commandingly tranquil a competition for a prolonged time. The Audi one-two-three win was polished by Mattias Ekström. Across several laps, a Swede fought a stirring duel with Mercedes motorist Gary Paffett that he, not slightest interjection to a good plan and discerning array stops by his team, motionless in his favor.

Track info

Track length: 4.307 km
Race distance: 44 laps = 189.508 km
DTM subordinate record on this track: Mattias Ekström (Audi), Jul 12, 2008, 1m 31.012s (170.364  km/h)
DTM competition record on this track: Timo Scheider (Audi), Aug 22, 2010, 1m 32.967s (166.782 km/h)
Pole position 2012: Timo Scheider (Audi), 1m 32.365s
Fastest path 2012: Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), 1m 34.054s (164.854 km/h)
Turnout 2012: 39,000
TV live rating 2012: 1.37 million / 9.0 % marketplace share (source: ARD)

Adrien Tambay about Zandvoort:
“In Formula 3, we had some problems during Zandvoort, so we arrived there with churned feelings final year. But in a end, things went good for me. In a tough race, we was means means to keep Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk behind me and measure my initial points. That was a good service for me and like a tiny breakthrough in a DTM. In a Audi RS 5 DTM, a lane during Zandvoort is unequivocally good fun. we consider everybody knows a Tarzan dilemma during a finish of a start-finish straight. It’s cold too. But my favorite domain is a discerning downhill double right-hand spin during a finish of a track. This zone is intensely discerning and unequivocally bumpy. You expostulate during a extent and get adrenalin surges. we like that! we suspect a old, prolonged lane contingency have been similar. I’ve watched onboard footage of my father – unequivocally considerable yet dangerous as good …”

Timetable

Friday, Sep 27
18:45–19:00  Roll-out

Saturday, Sep 28
09:05–10:35  Free practice
14:40–15:50  Qualifying

Sunday, Sep 29
09:05–09:35  Pit stop practice
13:30    Race

TV report (“Das Erste” live)

Saturday, Sep 28
14:30–16:00  Qualifying

Sunday, Sep 29
13:15–15:00  Race

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