With 5 Audi RS 5 DTM cars in a tip 5 spots of a grid, Audi had a ideal starting bottom for a initial competition of a second half of a season. However, even in Friday’s giveaway practice, it was apparent that a tires are unprotected to impassioned highlight on a dry lane during Assen. “Today was about pushing quick and holding it easy on a tires during a same time,” pronounced Mike Rockenfeller after his initial DTM feat given 2017 during Zandvoort. “It was formidable to clarity what a tires were doing. In my second stint, we was means to conduct them good and to attack, though it was anything though easy. Thank we to my team! Today was a ideal day: in subordinate and in a race, all went superbly. That’s how we can win in a DTM.”
Having entered a competition from third position on a grid, Rockenfeller, after a start, was primarily in second behind stick sitter René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg. The DTM personality had a gentle advantage some of a time though then, while heading a race, had to array for a second tire change. “I suspicion we had all underneath control though unexpected a tires strike stone bottom,” pronounced Rast, who forsaken to 13th position due to his second stop. With a fantastic fightback and path times that spasmodic were adult to 5 seconds faster than those of his rivals, he fought behind to fifth position on a final 9 laps.
Nico Müller from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline cumulative third position. During his array stop, a Swiss mislaid a lot of time due to a problem on a impact wrench and in a finish had to revoke gait since of an imminent puncture. “A back tire was already losing air, differently we could have still pounded Marco (Wittmann),” pronounced Müller. “At a beginning, behind a other cars, we stressed my tires a small too much. That’s because we pitted progressing and was confronting a prolonged second stint. It was intensely formidable to keep a tires alive. In a end, it was a unequivocally tighten call. I’m really happy with dual podiums this weekend.”