“This was a bitterest feat we can remember,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM during Audi Sport. “The ultimate disaster has occurred: We won a teams’ championship and a manufacturers’ championship, that is good. But in a drivers’ classification, we’re lacking fewer points than those that Edoardo Mortara unjustifiably mislaid during Zandvoort. This is a unequivocally sour tablet and tough to digest.”
Flashback: In competition 9 of a season, during Zandvoort, Edoardo Mortara was in position six, trailing his code co-worker Jamie Green, when a drive-through chastisement was imposed opposite a Italian due to an purported defilement of a slow-zone rules. That same night, competition control certified discrepancies in a central GPS system.
“Obviously, we’re unhappy that accurately these points are now lacking to win a title,” says Edoardo Mortara. “But we have to live with that. My team, my competition engineer, my mechanics: All of them did a illusory pursuit this year and we felt really gentle in my Audi RS 5 DTM. Winning a competition was all we could do today. It was my fifth feat this year and I’m really unapproachable of it.”
Like a day before, a new DTM clamp champion anxious a spectators with an considerable comeback. In annoy of a technical emanate in qualifying, Mortara, in grid position six, was a fastest Audi driver. In a race, he usually indispensable 6 laps to allege to a front of a margin and to subsequently bind a widespread victory.
In a process, on path six, Mortara also overtook Marco Wittmann, his approach opposition in a pretension race. Although a BMW motorist was not means to keep gait with Mortara, Wittmann in a finish usually indispensable a fourth place to narrowly win a drivers’ classification. The final result: 206:202.
In a manufacturers’ classification, Audi, with 700 points, clearly won out, trailed by BMW (647 points) and Mercedes-Benz (471 points). After 2004 and 2014, this outlines Audi’s third win of a manufacturers’ pretension in a DTM. Like final year, carrying clinched 10 victories in 18 races, a Audi RS 5 DTM is once some-more a many successful automobile of a season.
The teams’ classification, for a fourth time after 2004, 2007 and 2011, went to Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline with Edoardo Mortara, Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller, who stood in for a new World Rallycross Champion Ekström in a culmination during Hockenheim.