07/19/2019 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: AUDI WITH RECORD SHOWING

A dominant victory on Saturday, a double podium on Sunday, a new track record and the lead extended in all three DTM classifications: Audi managed to deliver its so far strongest performance in its home round at the Norisring.

AUDI RS 5 DTM BREAKS RECORDS IN NUREMBERG

In the past, the 2.3 kilometre city street circuit between the Dutzendteich Lake and the Max Morlock Stadium proved to be a difficult track for the brand with the four rings at most events. This has changed with the new Audi RS 5 DTM: The Class 1 race car with more than 610 horsepower broke all records in its first deployment at the Norisring. Audi was in front in both free practice sessions, clinched pole position on both days, four of six possible podium finishes and the largest number of points. In addition, the new turbo race car set new track records in qualifying (René Rast) and in the race (Nico Müller).

Jamie Green, Bruno Spengler, Mike Rockenfeller

DOUBLE PODIUM BY GREEN AND “ROCKY” ON SUNDAY

In Sunday’s race, all six factory-fielded Audi RS 5 DTM cars finished in the top eight and thus in the points. Just four weeks after his appendix surgery, four-time Norisring winner Jamie Green celebrated a successful comeback as the runner-up. “Unfortunately, I had to let Philipp Eng pass again after slight contact,” said the Briton from Audi Sport Team Rosberg. “As a result, I lost a lot of time and fell behind the subsequent winner, Bruno Spengler. Even so, it was a good race for me.” Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix fought back from eleventh on the grid to third place. For the 2013 DTM Champion, this marked the first DTM podium at the Norisring. “It’s cool to stand on the rostrum here,” “Rocky” said after the podium ceremony performed by Prince Albert of Monaco, the Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder and ski star Thomas Dreßen. After retiring from Saturday’s race, Robin Frijns from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in fourth position just barely missed the podium. Loïc Duval, following a bold one-stop strategy on lap one, finished sixth. René Rast and Nico Müller had to settle for positions seven and eight on Sunday although both had started the race from the front row. The two Audi drivers had unfortunate contact with each other on the first lap. Due to the resulting spin, Rast dropped to the last position and Müller was handed a drive-through penalty.

Audi RS 5 DTM pit stop

“A REALLY STRONG TEAM PERFORMANCE”

“We gave away victory today, but it was a really strong team performance,” said Bram Schot, Chairman of the Management Board of AUDI AG. Dieter Gass, Head of Audi Motorsport, added: “After clinching the top three spots on the grid in qualifying, it goes without saying that we also wanted to win today. Following a good start, we unfortunately didn’t get things right in turn one, which caused the lead to pass to Bruno Spengler. René and Nico fought back with strong lap times, so that we finished in positions two, three, four, six, seven and eight.” René Rast maintained his lead of the DTM drivers’ classification at the Norisring. Nico Müller improved to second place in the standings. In the manufacturers’ classification, Audi now has a 119-point advantage over BMW. In the teams’ classification, Audi Sport Team Rosberg and Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline continue to sit in the top two spots.

Giovane Élber and Hildegard Wortmann

GIOVANE ÉLBER VISITS AUDI

Former football star of Audi’s partner club FC Bayern München Giovane Élber experienced a DTM event at close range for the first time at the Norisring. The Brazilian’s visit to the season’s highlight of the hard-fought touring car racing series began with a special thrill: as a passenger in the Audi RS 5 DTM race taxi, the 46-year-old got to enjoy some fast laps on the 2.3-kilometre city street circuit. Subsequently, the Champions League winner demonstrated his football skills in a goal wall shooting duel against two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström and in the afternoon at the garage of Audi Sport Team Rosberg watched DTM leader René Rast claiming his third victory this season. Élber is a member of the Hall of Fame of the record champion from Munich and ambassador of the 2019 Audi Cup.

DTM NORISRING, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

1 page, EN

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Race 2

1 page, EN

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248.6 KB

Standings

4 pages, EN

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601.3 KB

NORISRING

Bram Schot, Jamie Green
Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Cooling the brakes

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