09/13/2020 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: Five-fold success for Audi

Audi has achieved an (almost) perfect start to the second half of the DTM. At the Nürburgring, the brand celebrated two victories. The winners: Nico Müller and Robin Frijns.

Nico Müller on the podium

Perfect Saturday for Nico Müller

Championship leader Nico Müller from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline managed a perfect Saturday in the first of the four races at the Nürburgring. “Perfect days like today are rare in the DTM,” he said after his commanding victory in Saturday’s race. After setting the fastest time in free practice on Friday, the Audi driver secured pole position by 0.221 seconds, which is a big gap by DTM standards. During the race, the Swiss driver continued to pull away from his rivals and finally crossed the finish line with a 15.655-second lead. His fastest race lap was half a second clear of anybody else. “Everything simply worked for us,” said Müller. “My Audi felt mega. The team once again delivered a quick pit stop. The strategy was perfect and I was able to manage my tires well in the very long second stint. Thanks to Audi and the ABT team.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

Rast versus Frijns

Behind Nico Müller, René Rast crossed the finish line. “A second place is not a bad result,” said the two-time DTM champion. “However, the gap to Nico was huge. At the moment, he’s simply driving in a different league. At some point, he just disappeared. I instead had to fight with Robin. Luckily he spun when he tried to overtake me.”

Frijns fell back from third to fifth due to his spin. “My attack may have looked a bit optimistic and spectacular on TV, but I have managed similar overtaking maneuvers before,” said Frijns. “Before the pit stop, I was able to overtake René, but I was behind him again after the stop. When I attacked him, he defended himself well and I was forced onto the kerbs. As a result, I was briefly in the air with all four wheels and spun.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

Frijns wins amid Müller drama

In the tenth race of the season on Sunday, Audi celebrated its fourth five-fold victory. Only eight days after his first DTM triumph, Robin Frijns again crossed the finish line in first place.

“Victory today feels very different from the one at Assen,” said the Dutchman. “You don’t really want to win because someone in front of you had a technical problem. Unfortunately, that was the case with Nico (Müller) today. Nevertheless, it is a victory.”


 As on the day before, Nico Müller had secured pole position and immediately took the lead at the start in front of his teammate. During the first few laps, the ABT duo set itself apart from the rest of the field in seemingly easy fashion and quickly enjoyed a comfortable five-second lead. But after changing tires, Müller suddenly slowed down at the front because his car’s turbo boost air temperature was rising. “Apparently, a sensor problem,” said the Swiss. Müller dropped behind René Rast, Mike Rockenfeller and Loïc Duval in the final laps, but saved fifth place just ahead of Sheldon van der Linde in the best BMW.

Mike Rockenfeller on the podium

“Rocky” back on podium

With third place, Mike Rockenfeller achieved his first podium of the season at his home race. “Finally, I can bring home a trophy for my kids again,” said “Rocky”.


Nico Müller’s lead in the drivers’ championship over his teammate Robin Frijns has shrunk to 29 points. René Rast is another 17 points behind in third place in the standings. In the teams’ classification, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline extended its lead further. In the manufacturers’ championship, Audi has a 400-point lead over BMW after ten races and could secure the manufacturers’ title early this coming weekend on the Nürburgring.

DTM Nürburgring, results documents to download

Race 1

1 page, EN


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Race 2

1 page, EN


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4 pages, EN


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Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Robin Frijns, Nico Müller


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