Picture-perfect weather, a fantastic crowd and arguably the most gripping DTM race of all time: The fierce on-track battles made it difficult for most of the spectators that had traveled to Hockenheim on Sunday to stay in their seats during the 36 laps. The principal performer for Audi was Mike Rockenfeller in Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM. In the final stage, the German profited from tough duels at the front of the field and in a fierce fight still managed to bump Saturday’s winner Gary Paffett in a Mercedes-Benz from second position. Only winner Timo Glock in a BMW was out of “Rocky’s” reach.
“That was an awesome race today,” said Rockenfeller. “My car was much better than yesterday. Qualifying wasn’t perfect, but the race was top. I was able to attack on both sets of tyres. Because Timo (Glock) and Gary (Paffett) at the front kept overtaking each other Joel (Eriksson) and I came closer and closer. In the end, we had a four-way battle up until the last turn. It was mega fun and no doubt worth watching. I’m going to watch it myself again tonight. It’s been one of the coolest races I’ve ever driven.”
Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass was only able to agree: “That was a fantastic show today, a superb race for the DTM in general. Those were incredibly thrilling battles from the beginning to the end. Simply fascinating! You could tell how the people in the grandstands enjoyed this. For us, it was also great to finish in second place today with Mike (Rockenfeller) after yesterday’s difficult opener. We didn’t expect this, so it’s even sweeter.”
In the first race on Saturday, only René Rast (9th) and Loïc Duval (10th) had scored points for Audi. Both collected points also on Sunday, Duval in 5th place, Rast in 7th place and additionally for qualifying second.