Audi has scored 710 points in a initial twelve races and a closest rival, BMW, 426. If a advantage grows by another 20 points this weekend, a code will be sitting in a tip mark out of a rivals’ strech before a dual remaining competition weekends during a Nürburgring (September 14/15) and during Hockenheim (October 5/6).
“Traditionally, a drivers’ pretension has a tip value in a DTM,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “But a manufacturers’ pretension is really valuable, too. It’s a clever indicator for a work of a whole patrol and also for who has a best car. We’ve been really happy so distant with a opening of a Audi RS 5 DTM and a new two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.”
Audi has formerly distinguished 7 DTM victories during a Lausitzring, yet also had to accept a spin with 0 points in Saturday’s competition final year. The TV footage of René Rast’s fantastic rollover is unforgotten. “The collision looked worse from a outward than it was,” says a DTM leader. “But a fact that we wasn’t means to contest in a second competition on Sunday might have cost me a title. After all, we was lacking customarily 4 points.”
Currently, Rast, with 206 points, is streamer a drivers’ standings. His associate Audi driver, Nico Müller, who is a customarily motorist to have scored points in all twelve races this year, trails him by 37 points. Marco Wittmann, as a best BMW driver, has a necessity of 59 points.
The Lausitzring, says Rast, is not accurately his favorite circuit. “The lane is really technical and does not poise a quite good pushing challenge. Even so, a Lausitzring is a good trickery and a lane indeed offers all we need as a competition driver: delayed turns, quick turns and a prolonged loyal on that we have good overtaking opportunities with DRS and Push-to-Pass. That’s because a races during a Lausitzring are customarily really good. And from a categorical grandstand, a spectators have a perspective of scarcely a whole track.”
The Audi DTM drivers share their many defining DTM experiences
The 500th DTM competition on Sunday also outlines a miracle for a personality of a standings. “As a child we was during a airfield competition in Diepholz,” a Audi motorist recalls. “That was in a early 1990s, a epoch with Klaus Ludwig and Kurt Thiim, and a defining impulse for me. Later, we contested races as partial of a DTM’s ancillary module for many years and always dreamed of apropos a DTM motorist myself. When a dream literally came loyal overnight, I’d already given adult my hopes.” His personal DTM highlights: “My initial feat during Budapest in 2017 and, obviously, my pretension win.”
The initial DTM competition that his closest rival, Nico Müller, privately witnessed during a venue was a culmination of a 2005 deteriorate during a Hockenheimring. “On TV, I’d been examination a DTM before. My personal prominence was really Norisring 2016 – my initial victory, that I’d fought for hard. Standing on tip of a lectern there, during Audi’s home spin in front of a many fans, was truly unforgettable. It was a prerogative for a lot of tough work and felt mega-cool.”
Mike Rockenfeller, now in fifth position of a standings, saw his initial DTM competition as a child during a Nürburgring. “That was in a center of a 1990s,” says ‘Rocky.’ “Alfa Romeo was racing opposite Mercedes. It was raining and all a cars had their lights on. I’d customarily famous anything like that from my Carrera lane and was totally fascinated. Still, even in my boldest dreams, we wasn’t means to suppose racing in a DTM myself later. My initial DTM exam in 2007 was a really special moment. I’d roughly exclusively been pushing GT cars before and switching from Porsche to Audi was a large step for me. At that time, we didn’t design that it would take so prolonged to win races in a DTM and to spin champion. That’s because my pretension win in 2013 during Zandvoort was all a sweeter – generally after we roughly done a burst start.”
Robin Frijns, who in his second DTM deteriorate is now in sixth position of a drivers’ championship, had been forgetful of a DTM for a prolonged time, too, before apropos a DTM motorist in early 2018. “The array has such a prolonged tradition and stands for retaining racing – accurately what we like. When we listened that we was going to spin partial of a Audi patrol we was both vivacious and speechless.” His personal prominence so distant has been a final competition during Hockenheim in 2018. “I started from a final mark on a grid and in a finish came fifth. we pitted late and thereafter was means to entirely conflict again and pass many cars. That was good fun.”
Loïc Duval, who in seventh position altogether is now contesting his best DTM deteriorate so far, was active in Formula 3 as partial of a DTM’s ancillary module in 2004 and 2005. “I remember Zandvoort 2005 generally well,” says a Frenchman. “Before going home, we watched a DTM competition on Sunday when Peter Dumbreck in an Opel had his large collision during a finish of a final turn. I’ll never forget that. The pile-up was incredible, yet he was privately okay. That was a many critical thing. I’ve always been tender by a tighten racing with these forms of cars and I’m happy to be partial of a DTM myself today.”
Jamie Green, now in ninth position of a standings even yet he had to skip a dual races during Misano due to appendix surgery, has quite done a name for himself in a DTM with his 4 victories during a Norisring. The city travel circuit in Nuremberg is also a place of his so distant sweetest DTM recollection. “That was clearly my Norisring feat in 2012,” says a Briton. “Shortly before a finish of a race, we overtook dual BMW — including a essential scheme in a final turn.” Green has won 3 times during a Lausitzring as well. The initial DTM competition he saw was during Donington, in 2003. “That’s my home track. It would be cold if a DTM raced there once again before a finish of my career.”