07/21/2019 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: ROCKY WINS TYRE BATTLE AT ASSEN

A spectacular DTM premiere at Assen in the Netherlands: following the rain battle on Saturday, the spectators on Sunday got to watch a crazy tyre thriller on a dry track of the famous TT Circuit that Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix decided in his favour. With Nico Müller in third position, Audi, just like the day before, achieved a double podium. In spite of a second pit stop, leader of the standings René Rast still finished his 50th DTM race in fifth place.

“DIFFICULT TO SENSE WHAT THE TYRES WERE DOING”

With five Audi RS 5 DTM cars in the top five spots of the grid, Audi had a perfect starting base for the first race of the second half of the season. However, even in Friday’s free practice, it was apparent that the tyres are exposed to extreme stress on a dry track at Assen. “Today was about driving fast and taking it easy on the tyres at the same time,” said Mike Rockenfeller after his first DTM victory since 2017 at Zandvoort. “It was difficult to sense what the tyres were doing. In my second stint, I was able to manage them well and to attack, but it was anything but easy.”

René Rast in the Audi RS 5 DTM

RAST HAD TO CHANGE TYRES TWICE

Having entered the race from third position on the grid, Rockenfeller, after the start, was initially in second behind pole sitter René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg. The DTM leader had a comfortable advantage some of the time but then, while leading the race, had to pit for a second tyre change. “I thought I had everything under control but suddenly the tyres hit rock bottom,” said Rast, who dropped to 13th position due to his second stop. With a spectacular fightback and lap times that occasionally were up to five seconds faster than those of his rivals, he fought back to fifth position on the last nine laps.

Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Müller on the podium

TRIPLE LEAD OF THE STANDINGS FOR AUDI SPORT

Nico Müller from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline secured third position. During his pit stop, the Swiss lost a lot of time due to a problem on the impact wrench and in the end had to reduce pace because of an impending puncture. Jonathan Aberdein in fourth position clinched the so far best DTM result of the customer team WRT Team Audi Sport. With Robin Frijns, Jamie Green and Pietro Fittipaldi in positions six, nine and ten, seven of the Audi RS 5 DTM cars finished in the points. At Assen, Audi scored 68 out of 88 possible points on Sunday and extended its advantage in the manufacturers’ classification over BMW to 170 points. In the drivers’ classification, René Rast leads after ten of 18 races with 158 points ahead of Nico Müller (136) and Marco Wittmann (118), who was the only BMW driver to score points on Sunday. In the teams’ classification, Audi Sport Team Rosberg continues to sit in the top spot of the standings, ahead of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

NICO MÜLLER WINS SLOT CAR CHALLENGE

NICO MÜLLER WINS SLOT CAR CHALLENGE

Before the DTM races at Assen, the six Audi factory drivers from the DTM fought some spectacular head-to-head battles on a digital slot car race track. At the controls of six Audi e-tron Vision RCCO cars, Nico Müller won three of the six heats, which earned him his first overall victory in the Slot Car Challenge. Mike Rockenfeller and last year’s winner Loïc Duval completed the podium. UK DTM commentator Dave Richardson commentated on the turbulent races. “That was huge fun,” said the Briton. “These six guys are simply cool.”

DTM ASSEN, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

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Race 2

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Standings

4 pages, EN

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René Rast on the podium
Loïc Duval in the Audi RS 5 DTM
Robin Frijns with fans

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