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“Journey into a unknown”: DTM earnings to Belgium

The four-kilometer foe lane nearby Hasselt is regarded as rarely challenging. Local favourite Robin Frijns, who lives in Lanaken, usually about a 20-minute expostulate from a venue, calls a circuit: “Mini Nordschleife – usually a tiny mistake and you’ll finish adult in a wall.” René Rast refers to it as an grand “journey into a unknown.” “None of us can unequivocally decider what it will be like to expostulate a DTM automobile during Zolder.” Mike Rockenfeller many recently contested a foe there seventeen years ago. Loïc Duval, Jamie Green and Nico Müller usually know a circuit from a simulator.

35 years ago, on Mar 11, 1984, Zolder hosted a initial DTM foe in story – afterwards still strictly called a “Deutsche Produktionswagen-Meisterschaft” (“German Production Car Championship”). At that time, Duval and Green were both usually one year old, Rockenfeller was 4 months old, while Frijns, Müller and Rast had not even been innate yet.

For Audi Sport, Zolder is also a foe with special history. In Apr 1990, a code competed in a DTM for a initial time with a factory-backed joining in a normal “Bergischer Löwe” event. Many DTM fans still remember a fightback and furious drifts by Hans-Joachim Stuck in a Audi V8 quattro that was outrageous compared to a cars from a competition. It propelled today’s DMSB boss from fourteenth on a grid to third position – imprinting a initial of 312 lectern finishes clinched by Audi in a DTM to date.

In May 2002, Laurent Aïello in a compress Abt Audi TT-R won a final DTM foe during Zolder so far. Christian Abt, a uncle of today’s Audi Formula E motorist Daniel Abt, polished an Audi one-two outcome on that day in a pouring rain.

Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass had his initial racing joining with Audi Sport during Zolder. “That was in 1995 during a deteriorate opener of a German Super Touring Car season,” Gass recalls. “I was partial of a group support for a ROC patrol from France. The foe was started in a soppy and finished on a dry track. Audi clinched a one-two – forward of 3 cars from BMW.”

Due to a lane characteristics, Gass expects “extreme loads to be placed on a brakes” during a DTM’s lapse to Zolder. In as many as 4 sections, a some-more than 610-hp Audi RS 5 DTM cars have to delayed down from high speeds.

“Racing in a DTM automobile during Zolder is going to be a unequivocally special experience,” says Robin Frijns, whose passion for motorsport was sparked during a age of 6 while visiting a foe during Zolder. “I know a lane unequivocally good and have contested many races there, many recently in a GT3 difficulty with a Audi R8 LMS. The circuit is wily and also a continue is mostly indeterminate in Belgium. Especially in a quick initial sector, we can possibly benefit or remove a lot of time. The best opportunities for overtaking exist streamer into a initial dilemma or a equivocation before a start-finish line.”