At a Hockenheimring, Audi will not usually have to overcome opposite a DTM competitors Aston Martin and BMW though also opposite a commission from a Japanese Super GT Championship. Honda, Lexus and Nissan any have deployed one of their turbo competition cars to a DTM culmination during Hockenheim before a initial corner competition of a DTM and a Super GT is hold during Fuji, Japan, during a finish of November. One of a guest entrants will be 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button.
“I’m tremendously looking brazen to a competition with a Japanese,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “We wish to give a spectators a foretaste of how we prognosticate a DTM in a future. Hockenheim is a competition lane that has always done illusory racing possible. At a same time, we’d like to underscore a clever opening in a 2019 deteriorate with a good conclusion.”
Even before a final dual races Audi is gay about a so distant many successful DTM deteriorate in a company’s history. Ten victories, 10 stick positions and 10 fasted competition laps are credited to a Audi RS 5 DTM with a some-more than 610-hp two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. 35 of 48 probable podiums were clinched by Audi drivers in a initial sixteen races of a year. Five times a lectern was totally in Audi’s hands, and 8 times a front quarrel of a grid. On 384 of 667 laps, an Audi motorist was during a front of a field. The code cumulative a manufacturers’ pretension as early as 4 races before a finish of a season, and a titles in a drivers’ and teams’ classifications in a third from final race.
This success competence still be topped: In 1991, 2015 and 2016, Audi achieved 10 victories in one DTM season, respectively. In a culmination during Hockenheim, this record competence even be surpassed.
The Audi RS 5 DTM is already a many successful DTM competition automobile in a company’s history. Since 2013, a RS 5 DTM in 111 races achieved 49 victories, 39 stick positions and 45 fastest laps.
The lion’s share of this considerable lane record belongs to René Rast. The high-flyer has clinched dual championship titles, 16 victories, twelve stick positions and 7 fastest laps in his initial 3 DTM years and damaged dual annals within an intensely brief space of time: At a finish of 2017, a Audi motorist scored 6 victories in succession. Plus, given a Nürburgring Saturday, Rast has been a initial DTM motorist to have cumulative stick position 7 times in a singular season.
Following his early pretension win during a Nürburgring, a motorist from Audi Sport Team Rosberg can tackle a culmination with ease. “Obviously, we’d still like to win a teams’ championship,” says Rast. “But after a championship title, a vigour is gone. I’ve been looking brazen to a initial competition with a Japanese all year. Now we can unequivocally suffer it. we consider it’s going to be mega cool. For a initial time, we have 6 manufacturers in a field. That’ll no doubt be unequivocally special. And a races during Hockenheim are always value watching. The Parabolika is a prominence with DRS.”
Runner-up in a standings Nico Müller during a finish of his so distant best DTM deteriorate is “extremely” looking brazen to Hockenheim, too. “That’s always kind of a home turn with many Swiss fans,” says a motorist from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. “The season’s culmination is unequivocally special with a mega atmosphere. We still have a large aim of securing a runner-up’s mark in a championship – and ABT continues to have a possibility of winning a teams’ championship. That’s what we’re entirely focused on.”
Before a finale, Müller has a 41-point advantage over Marco Wittmann in a best BMW. In a teams’ standings, Audi Sport Team Rosberg is 32 points brazen of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. 96 points are nonetheless to be awarded during Hockenheim.
Audi Sport Team Phoenix competence still be means to strike BMW Team RMG from third position in a teams’ championship. The patrol is spearheaded by Mike Rockenfeller in fourth position of a drivers’ classification. “Actually, my idea was to still finish a championship in third place,” says “Rocky.” “After a bad Nürburgring weekend, this is no longer realistic. That’s because I’m only going to suffer a finale, go flat-out and try to make a best of it. I’m tremendously looking brazen to a 3 Japanese. That’s going to be exciting.”