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Heading for DTM during a Nürburgring neck and neck

“Following a early win of a manufacturers’ championship, we’re now challenged to bind a drivers’ title, too,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “And apparently we wish to also win a teams’ championship. In both championships, we’re roving to a Nürburgring with a good advantage. But zero has been motionless yet. With René (Rast) during a Lausitzring, we saw how fast we can go home but points in annoy of a clever performance. And we’re not going to make a mistake of underestimating a opponents.”

Before a final 4 races, 5 drivers still have mathematical chances of winning a drivers’ championship: René Rast (Audi/234 points), Nico Müller (Audi/214), Marco Wittmann (BMW/167), Philipp Eng (BMW/140) and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi/138). However, Eng and Rockenfeller’s deficits are so vast during this theatre that a pretension competition in existence will arguably be singular to Rast, Müller and Wittmann.

As a personality of a standings, Rast could theoretically secure an early pretension win during a Nürburgring on Sunday. However, to do so, he would need a 57-point advantage and a likewise ideal weekend as final year when he scored a limit array of points with dual stick positions and dual victories. “Obviously, we can’t design to measure 56 points again,” says a motorist of Audi Sport Team Rosberg. “But I’m assured that things will be going likewise good this year. we always like racing during a Nürburgring.”

Rast used a brief mangle between a Lausitzring and a Nürburgring to tell with his family during home in Bregenz and to recharge his batteries for a final sprint. His fiercest rival, Nico Müller, took a identical break. “I enjoyed carrying a day off here and there, to float my bike around a lake and to accommodate family and friends,” says a Swiss who will competition his 100th DTM competition during a Nürburgring on Sunday. “Having reached this benchmark in a array that’s as hard-fought as a DTM creates me feel really proud.”

The motorist of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline likes a Nürburgring, too: “It’s a lane with a lot of normal impression – obviously, above all, a Nordschleife. Even so, racing on a Grand Prix circuit or a brief configuration, respectively, is always a highlight, too. The throng there includes some ardent fans. The lane is really technical. It’s critical to find a right rhythm. Especially in a initial sector, we can possibly benefit or remove a lot of time. That’s where we have to have certainty in a automobile and strike a right balance.” His idea for a weekend is clear: he wants to keep a opening to Rast as tiny as probable and postpone a pretension preference to a culmination during Hockenheim.

For Mike Rockenfeller, a Nürburgring is a home round. “I grew adult nearby a circuit and have contested so many races there in my life that it always feels like entrance home,” says a 2013 DTM Champion. His craziest Nürburgring memory? “That was 2008. we was on a front quarrel of a grid in a previous-generation car. Although it was totally dry we started on sleet tires since a continue use pronounced it would no doubt start raining – unfortunately, a sleet didn’t come and we had positively shod a wrong tires.”