With a hard-fought sixth place in Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring Audi driver Mattias Ekström has maintained his lead in the DTM. On Saturday, René Rast, in fifth place, was the best Audi driver.
DTM Nürburgring, race 2
DTM Nürburgring, Race 1
Tough job

Following the previous wet day, the Audi drivers on Sunday were battling with dull weapons on a dry track, as expected. Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) as the best Audi driver qualified for grid position eleven. Leader of the standings Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) entered the race from position 13. All other Audi campaigners found themselves at the rear of the grid.

 

Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green made the best of their difficult starting positions. Both pitted late in a race with turbulent phases and on fresh tyres in the final stage still battled their way forwards from positions ten and eleven to six and seven. With that, both scored valuable points in the title race which, before the last two race weekends at Spielberg and Hockenheim, has now become even more intense.

Misfortune on Saturday

Mattias Ekström could have left the Nürburgring with an advantage of even more than eight points over Lucas Auer (Mercedes-Benz), but in race one on Saturday the Swede, in changeable weather, suffered misfortune in a major way. On a wet track Ekström in the first half of the race battled his way forwards from grid position eleven to sixth place, but switched from rain tyres to slicks just at the moment when rain set in again. The Audi driver then had to pit once more for a tyre change and finished the race in position 15. The best Audi driver on Saturday was René Rast in fifth place. On Sunday he scored no points following a grid penalty that put him on the last position, plus a problem during the tyre change. Still, Rast, in the Eifel round, maintained third place in the standings.

 

Not fast enough

 

“René and Jamie did everything right under the conditions on Saturday,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “For Mattias, who was doing really well and might have even finished fourth, the race was very frustrating. On Sunday we weren’t fast enough and were struggling with tyre degradation, which is normally not an issue for us and was probably also due to the high weight. Considering this, we have to be fairly happy with positions six and seven for Mattias and Jamie.”

Nürburgring

The race in numbers

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DTM Nürburgring