09/06/2020 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: ROBIN FRIJNS CELEBRATES FIRST VICTORY

Robin Frijns could not have chosen a better moment for his first victory in the DTM: The Dutch Audi driver triumphed at Assen on Saturday in front of a home crowd. After the five-fold victory on Saturday, Audi also achieved a strong result in Sunday’s DTM race with second, third, fourth and fifth places.

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HUGE CHEERS IN ASSEN

For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators were admitted to a DTM race. The Audi drivers made them cheer even before the start when they held up signs in front of the main grandstand with an emotional message: “DTM fans, welcome back! We have really missed you!”
 

After 36 laps, the Dutch fans again had a reason to cheer: Local hero Robin Frijns crossed the finish line as the winner for the first time in his DTM career after a thrilling battle with Loïc Duval. “I had to wait almost three years for this moment,” said Frijns. “I came close very often, but something always happened. I’ve been on the podium in the DTM a couple of times, but never at the top. It’s fantastic that it happened here at Assen where fans were allowed back in for the first time. There really couldn’t have been a better place for my first DTM victory.”

Robin Frijns on the podium

DUVAL IN P2

Only on lap 30, Frijns managed to pass Loïc Duval who had been leading up to that point. The Frenchman started the race from pole position with his Audi RS 5 DTM on an initially damp track. “When you lead for so long, you want to win the race,” said Duval. “But I was fighting with the tires. In the first stint, the front tires went down, in the second the rears. With Push-to-Pass and DRS, Robin was able to catch up and overtake me just before the end. I was able to keep up until the finish but was never close enough to attack without risk.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR AUDI IN THE RAIN

After the five-fold victory on Saturday, Audi also achieved a strong result in Sunday’s DTM race in Assen with second, third, fourth and fifth places. Robin Frijns and Nico Müller handed Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline a double podium. Heavy rain showers caused difficult conditions on Sunday. For Robin Frijns, there was the first surprise as early as on the starting grid: His partner Maike Frik, who is responsible for organization in Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, stood in front of his blue Audi RS 5 DTM as a “grid girl”. “Last year, she made the promise to do this for me when I take my first victory in the DTM,” said Frijns. “Respect that she not only remembered it, but also pulled it off in these weather conditions.”

Robin Frijns with partner

STRONG FRIJNS

Frijns did not disappoint his partner afterwards. On lap eleven, he overtook Loïc Duval, who had been leading up to that point, and then continued to pull away from his pursuers. The Dutchman pitted for tires with a lead of almost ten seconds. “I was quite surprised that I was only second after the pit stop and suddenly had to fight with Sheldon van der Linde (BMW driver).”

 

The South African had pitted very early for a tire change, exactly the right strategy on the wet track. A red flag shortly before the end of the race also played into van der Linde’s hands: The BMW driver was able to change tires during the break and defended his lead after the restart.

 

“After the red flag, the conditions were very dangerous,” said Robin Frijns. “There was an extreme amount of water on the track. It would have been stupid to risk too much and throw away second place.”

MÜLLER REMAINS IN CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Frijns collected the most points at Assen and is now only 26 points behind teammate Nico Müller in the drivers’ championship. The Swiss experienced a déjà-vu of the previous day on Sunday. “After a good start, I was stuck behind Loïc and Robin,” said Müller. “It was annoying that I again lost several places on the first lap. The poor visibility in the rain made it very difficult to catch up. Nevertheless, I managed to work my way up to second behind Robin. BMW managed a pretty smart move with the early pit stop for Sheldon. The red flag of course helped them even more. Third place is a good result, but we didn’t get the maximum here. The hunger for victory is definitely getting bigger again.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

DTM ASSEN, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

1 page, EN

PDF

81.0 KB

Race 2

1 page, EN

PDF

199.5 KB

Standings

4 pages, EN

PDF

396.3 KB

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Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Podium
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