Sheer suspense: Audi RS 5 DTM during Lausitz

Posted on 07. Jun, 2013 by in Audi Canada

72,000 spectators watched a DTM spin during a Lausitzring final year. This year, a throng might even be larger, as choice tires and DRS wing flaps supplement serve piquancy to a race. The DTM has not seen such a vast series of unequivocally extreme duels, overtaking maneuvers and tussles in a prolonged time.   

Particularly desired are a seats in a grandstands during a finish of a start-finish straight. At a speed of 240 km/h, a driver’s probability to squash a angle of a back wing by pulling a symbol during a competition should be quite effective and make for copiousness of overtaking action. The boost in speed that can be gained by a Drag Reduction System (DRS) amounts to around 6 km/h, according to simulations achieved by a engineers during Audi Sport.

Among a 8 drivers who are competing for Audi in a DTM this year are a 3 that have been on lectern during a Lausitzring before: Mattias Ekström (winner in 2004 and 2005), Timo Scheider and Jamie Green. Mike Rockenfeller, a runner-up in a standings with his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM after 3 races, was a best Audi motorist in subordinate during Lausitz in 2012. His Audi Sport Team Phoenix, in 2011, distinguished one of 4 DTM victories so far.

Tickets for all DTM races of a 2013 are accessible during Fans around a universe can watch subordinate and a competition live on a DTM’s new YouTube channel during live. A sum of 39 TV channels atmosphere live DTM coverage in 141 countries.

In Germany, as usual, ARD will promote live on “Das Erste:” Qualifying on Saturday (June 15) starting during 14:30, a competition on Sunday (June 16) starting during 13:15.

Quotes by a officials

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “The initial 3 races were impossibly close. This means that it’s essential to be ideally prepared, combine on a smallest fact and to get all together during a wilful impulse in sequence to grasp a good competition outcome in a end. That a opening of a Audi RS 5 DTM is fundamentally on a symbol was apparent during Hockenheim, Brands Hatch and Spielberg.”  
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): “My wish for a Lausitzring is that we’ll be display a cohesive group performance, be on a symbol in each respect, that racing fitness will lapse and that a drivers will be creation use of their genuine intensity – if that’s a case, a tip outcome should finally be probable for us again.”
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix): “The Lausitzring has never been an Audi line though dual years ago we managed to mangle this spell and win there. We’d like to continue this. In any case, we aim to be in quarrel for a Championship, that’s because we’ve got to position ‘Rocky’ as distant during a front as probable during Lausitz – and to measure a initial points with Miguel (Molina), whose bend is indicating upward. That would also be critical with a perspective toward a group classification.”
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “So far, a deteriorate has been noted by copiousness of mishaps and misfortune. But we’ve also had a few certain things. At a final eventuality during Spielberg, we were during slightest means to uncover that we can still be fast. At a Lausitzring, we aim to modify that into formula and measure a initial points of a year.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Filipe Albuquerque (27/P), Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM #6 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
– At Lausitz in 2011, scored his initial indicate in a DTM race
– Most recently, started from a third quarrel during a Red Bull Ring in Spielberg
“At a Lausitzring, we clinched my initial DTM points, so I’m quite motivated. In Team Rosberg, we now know how to set adult a automobile in subordinate as well. Now it’s about using a right plan in a race. My aim is to measure a initial points this season.”

Mattias Ekström (34/S), Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #11 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
– Celebrated dual victories (2004 and 2005) before during Lausitz
– Most recently, shone with a liberation in a competition during a Red Bull Ring
“I’ve got many lustful memories of a Lausitzring. Subjectively, we feel like it’s a line I’ve raced on some-more mostly than on any other one in my DTM career – and we was always using good there. The aim is to have a good, purify competition weekend from a commencement to a finish for a initial time this year – irrespective of a position.”

Jamie Green (30/GB), Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #12 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
– Drove a fastest competition path during a Lausitzring final year
– Last mounted a lectern during Lausitz, in third place, in 2010
“I’m not certain what’s available me during Lausitz. I’m pushing there with Audi for a initial time, though we consider that if we’re as quick there as we final were during Spielberg in a competition we’ll have a good possibility of achieving a top-ten outcome and so measure points. In any case, that’s my aim.”

Miguel Molina (24/E), Audi RS 5 DTM #20 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
– Is promotion a 2013 Audi Cup in Munich on his Audi RS 5 DTM
– Lives nearby his group during a Nürburgring during a season
“I know that a Lausitzring wasn’t a best line for Audi in a past, though we like a blueprint of a Lausitzring. I’ve got a good feeling and and wish that I’ll be means to uncover a intensity there.”

Edoardo Mortara (26/F/I), Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
– Was a fastest Audi motorist in subordinate during Spielberg
– In 2012, distinguished dual victories with a Audi A5 DTM
“I unequivocally don’t know what to design of a Lausitzring. we consider it’s a DTM line we like a least. Still, we were unequivocally rival there final year – and of march that’s what we wish to be again this year.”

Mike Rockenfeller (29/D), Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #19 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
– Made it into Q4 in subordinate final year
– Won during Brands Hatch this season
“Qualifying during a Lausitzring was flattering good for me final year, though a competition wasn’t during all – aside from my retirement during a Hockenheim finale, it was a set-back competition of a year. The deteriorate has been going flattering good so far, a automobile has been functioning well. Let’s see what outcome we’ll be clinching during Lausitz.”

Timo Scheider (34/D), AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM #23 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
– Was on a lectern several times before during a Lausitzring
– Started from a stick position during a 2013 deteriorate opener
“After 3 formidable weekends, it’s unequivocally about time to measure a good result. The certain thing is: in terms of performance, we were in quarrel for a lectern finish in all 3 races. The disastrous part: we weren’t means to modify this into good results. At a Lausitzring, I’ve gifted everything, from good to bad. we like a line as a driver. we wish my RS 5 DTM will like it too.”

Adrien Tambay (22/F), Audi ultra RS 5 DTM #24 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
– At 22 years of age is a youngest Audi bureau driver
– Finished in a tip 10 in subordinate during a Lausitzring in 2012
“Last year, we done it into Q3 during a Lausitzring. I’d like to continue where we left off there as good as a good competition speed we had during Spielberg. There, we only hardly missed scoring points due to misfortune.”

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: 23; stick positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 2nd place); fastest laps: 0; points: 35; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Lausitzring: 8 (2011)

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: 127; stick positions: 19; victories: 17; fastest laps: 12; points: 631; DTM titles: 2 (2004, 2007); best outcome DTM Lausitzring: 1 (2004/2005)

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: 86; stick positions: 6; victories: 8; fastest laps: 13; points: 361.5; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Lausitzring: 3 (2010)

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: 34; stick positions: 2; victories: 0 (best result: 3rd); fastest laps: 1; points: 34; DTM titles: 0; best result, DTM Lausitzring: 13 (2010)

Edoardo Mortara (I/F): * Jan 12, 1987 in Geneva (CH); residence: Geneva (CH); engaged; height: 1.82 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; DTM races: 23; stick positions: 1; victories: 2; fastest laps: 0; points: 103; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Lausitzring: 8 (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: 64; stick positions: 2; victories: 2; fastest laps: 2; points: 200; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Lausitzring: 4 (2010)

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: 132; stick positions: 11; victories: 6; fastest laps: 9; points: 383; DTM titles: 2 (2008, 2009); best outcome DTM Lausitzring: 2 (2008/2011)

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: 13; stick positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 2nd); fastest laps: 0; points: 28; DTM titles: 0; best outcome DTM Lausitzring: 18 (2012)

DTM drivers’ standings after 3 of 10 rounds
  1 Bruno Spengler (BMW)                53 points
  2 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi)                41 points
  3 Augusto Farfus (BMW)                33 points
  4 Marco Wittmann (BMW)                32 points
  5 Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz)            25 points
  6 Dirk Werner (BMW)                22 points
  7 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)            22 points
  8 Mattias Ekström (Audi)                16 points
  9 Joey Hand (BMW)                    16 points
10 Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz)            15 points
11 Timo Glock (BMW)                    15 points
12 Timo Scheider (Audi)                10 points
13 Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz)               2 points
14 Roberto Merhi (Mercedes-Benz)               1 point

DTM manufacturers’ standings
  1 BMW                        171 points
  2 Audi                          67 points
  3 Mercedes-Benz                      65 points

DTM group standings
  1 BMW Team Schnitzer                75 points
  2 BMW Team RBM                    49 points
  3 BMW Team MTEK                    47 points
  4 Audi Sport Team Phoenix                41 points
  5 STIHL/AMG Mercedes                40 points
  6 EURONICS/THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG        23 points
  7 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline            16 points
  8 Audi Sport Team Abt                10 points

  9 stern/AMG Mercedes                   2 points

Audi DTM statistics (since 1990)

Champion’s titles: 8 (in 16 years)
Victories: 64 (in 201 races)
Pole positions: 69 (in 165 subordinate sessions)
Fastest laps: 54 (in 201 races)
Podium positions: 201 (in 201 races)

All Lausitzring winners given 2001

2001 Peter Dumbreck (Mercedes-Benz)
2002 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz)
2003 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz)
2004 Mattias Ekström (Audi)
2005 (1) Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2005 (2) Mattias Ekström (Audi)
2006 Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz)
2007 Mika Häkkinen (Mercedes-Benz)
2008 Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz)
2009 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2010 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz)
2011 Martin Tomczyk (Audi)
2012 Bruno Spengler (BMW)

2012 flashback: Four Audi cars in a tip ten

In 2012, Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider took positions 5 and 6 in front of 72,000 spectators (throughout a weekend) during a Lausitzring, so scoring critical points for Audi. Four Audi A5 DTM cars in sum done it into a tip ten. At intensely low temperatures, a dual drivers from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline modernized from grid positions 8 (Ekström) and twelve (Scheider) – interjection also to a quickest array stops in a whole margin and consistently good path times. 

Track info

Track length: 3.478 km
Race distance: 52 laps = 180.856 km
DTM subordinate record on this track: Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz), 1m 17.628s = 161.292 km/h (May 17, 2008)
DTM competition record on this track: Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz), 1m 18.938s = 158.616 km/h (May 18, 2008)
Pole position 2012: Bruno Spengler (BMW) 1m 18.777s = 158.940 km/h
Fastest path 2012: Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz), 1m 19.025s = 158.441 km/h
Turnout 2012: 72,000 (throughout a weekend)

Timo Scheider about a Lausitzring: “I still remember accurately when we was pushing out of a array line during a Lausitzring and station in front of this impossibly considerable categorical grandstand for a initial time – that was an initial sense that sticks in my mind. The blueprint of a line is unequivocally surprising and a vicinity and a atmosphere are opposite from other venues we come across. we always like returning to Lausitz and have had many good moments there – in a DTM only like in a A1 Grand Prix Series or while sharpened a TV commercial. I’ll never forget a initial DTM competition during a Lausitzring in 2000 possibly when a sleet H2O wouldn’t run off a new tarmac. After a few laps behind a reserve car, a competition had to be stopped. Since then, a lot of opposite line configurations have been attempted with a DTM – including spin 1 in a oval. The thing we like best during a Lausitzring is a ultra-fast prolonged right-hand spin in a infield. You can unequivocally feel a downforce of a DTM automobile there – and that’s always good again.”


Friday, Jun 14
18:45–19:00     Roll-out

Saturday, Jun 15
09:20–10:50     Free practice
14:40–15:50     Qualifying

Sunday, Jun 16
10:05–10:35     Pit stop practice
13:30         Race

TV Schedule (“Das Erste” live)

Saturday, Jun 15
14:30–16:00     Qualifying

Sunday, Jun 16
13:15–14:55     Race

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