Nico Müller on the podium

06/09/2019 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: NICO MÜLLER CELEBRATES SECOND VICTORY

In the so far hottest DTM race of the new turbo era, the new Audi RS 5 DTM was the measure of all things. Nico Müller won Sunday’s race in commanding style at Misano (Italy) ahead of BMW driver Philipp Eng. René Rast finished third in spite of a puncture and thus extended his lead of the standings. Following an altogether strong performance in Italy, Audi is leading all three DTM classifications. MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso impressed in his maiden DTM race with spectacular duels.

A FANTASTIC FEELING

A FANTASTIC FEELING

“What a fantastic feeling!” said an exuberant Nico Müller after scoring his second DTM victory in his career and the first for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in nearly two years. “We worked very hard and long for this. The guys more than deserve this result. Today’s victory is great for Audi and ABT. Thank you for this outstanding car! The Audi RS 5 DTM was extremely strong here at Misano. To convert this into a dominant victory with a good start and a strong performance, especially after the tyre change, is outstanding. Now I’m already looking forward to the Norisring!” At Misano, Müller, with a lightning-fast start, improved from fourth to second position. On the 14th lap, the Swiss captured the lead when René Rast dropped back due to a puncture. Following his pit stop, Müller, on the new set of tyres, managed to increasingly pull clear of his immediate rivals and ultimately crossed the finish line as the winner with a 7.628-second advantage.

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

RAST BACK ON THE PODIUM

After clinching pole position and second place in Saturday’s race, Audi driver René Rast took the overall lead. On Sunday he again secured the top spot on the grid. On the first few metres, the driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg dropped to third position and was involved in a collision right on the starting lap. Even so, it only took Rast nine laps to reclaim the lead. However, the puncture destroyed his hopes of another victory. “This was a very difficult race for me,” said Rast.

Robin Frijns

FASTEST RACE LAP

Müller’s teammate, Robin Frijns, started from the front row on Sunday for the first time in his DTM career and led the field for eight laps. Because the tyres heavily degraded, the Dutchman let Rast and Müller pass him before being touched by Loïc Duval and going into a spin. On the second set of tyres, Frijns still fought back to fourth position and set the fastest race lap in the process. Pietro Fittipaldi, in fifth place, scored the so far best result in his still young DTM career. The Brazilian stood in for Jamie Green, who had to skip Misano due to an appendectomy. By scoring his points he helped Audi Sport Team Rosberg take the lead again in the DTM’s teams’ classification.

Nico Müller

A FANTASTIC RACE

“A fantastic race with an altogether superb result for us,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “Nico (Müller) showed a very strong performance today. His start was brilliant and he was consistently fast throughout the whole race. René (Rast) was struggling on his second set of tyres. It’s also possible that his car was damaged following contact with Aberdein and Wittmann on the first lap.”

MOTOGP STAR

MOTOGP STAR

Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso delivered an impressive maiden race in the DTM. The local hero fought back from 15th on the grid to twelfth, hardly daunted by the DTM’s establishment. It even took subsequent winner Marco Wittmann several laps to get past Dovizioso. With duels fought in MotoGP style and a double overtaking maneuver on the last lap, the motorcycle racer thrilled the crowd, as well as Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “What Andrea is showing here is truly impressive,” said Gass. Dovizioso in his second DTM race caused a sensation once again. From 14th on the grid, the Ducati factory rider was battling for a top-ten result when he went into a spectacular spin and dropped to the end of the field.

DTM MISANO, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

1 page, EN

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Race 2

1 page, EN

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Standings

4 pages, EN

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MISANO

Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
Jonathan Aberdein in the pitlane
Birthday cake

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