08/11/2019 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: ‘SUPER SUNDAY’ FOR AUDI ON THE ISLAND

1-2-3-4 success by René Rast, Nico Müller, Robin Frijns and Loïc Duval. A historic result in qualifying: all eight Audi RS 5 DTM in the top spots at the start of Sunday’s race at Brands Hatch. Plus, the lead in all three championships of the DTM extended with maximum points scored. Audi achieved a true ‘Super Sunday’ in England.

MAXIMUM POINTS SCORED

The squad around Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass converted the dream result in qualifying into the first 1-2-3-4 success achieved by an automobile manufacturer in the new turbo era of the DTM. As a result, Audi, in the manufacturers’ championship, scored the maximum number of 76 points that are possible on one race day. In the drivers’ championship, René Rast, on clinching his fifth pole position and fourth victory this season, extended his lead of the standings. The driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg secured the top spot on the grid with an advantage of nearly three tenths of a second and started from the top three for the tenth time in succession. The only concern of the 2017 DTM Champion: because a front tyre of his Audi RS 5 DTM was damaged by stones in the parc-fermé, he had to drive his second stint on a mixed set of tyres.

René Rast

“POLE POSITION KEY TO SUCCESS”

“Pole position was clearly the key to success today,” Rast said after clinching the 14th victory in total of his DTM career. “My pace in the race was okay, but not superior. Scoring the maximum number of points and clinching victory from pole for the first time this year anyhow is fantastic.” By finishing in second position, Nico Müller from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline consolidated his second place in the standings. “I didn’t have a good qualifying today either,” said the Swiss. “On my second set of tyres, I hit traffic. That’s why the result was only sixth place. In the race, we were fast, but I lost the chance of battling for victory with René due to a slow pit stop. Even so, I’m happy about the good points scored this weekend.”

Robin Frijns in the Audi RS 5 DTM

TROPHY FOR ROBIN FRIJNS IN SPITE OF DIFFICULT START

The podium was completed by Robin Frijns, who the day before had inhaled emissions due to a defect on the exhaust system and woke up with headaches on Sunday. “The race today was good, my car was superb,” said the Dutchman. “After a mediocre start, I was running behind Loïc (Duval) in fourth position. I had the feeling of being a little faster and overtook him after the pit stop. After that, I actually just watched my tyres.” Loïc Duval from Audi Sport Team Phoenix, in fourth position, perfected Audi’s 1-2-3-4 success. In the last third of the race, the Frenchman managed to defend himself against the vehement attacks by BMW driver Philipp Eng, although Eng had pitted later and was running on clearly fresher tyres. Duval’s team mate, Mike Rockenfeller, finished sixth, shortly behind Duval and Eng. “For Audi, it was truly a ‘Super Sunday’ today,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “It already started with the top eight spots in qualifying. In a situation like this, you always worry that you can only lose in the race. But everything went well. We’re in the middle of the title race, tried to help René and Nico as best we could and focused our strategy on Marco Wittmann. That worked well.”

Jamie Green

AUDI DTM DRIVERS EXPLORE LONDON

Before the DTM races at the Brands Hatch circuit with its Grand Prix layout, Audi’s six DTM drivers took the opportunity to explore London. The factory drivers visited very different locations: While local hero Jamie Green stayed true to the theme of racing by going speedboating on the Thames, his Audi teammates had slower activities in mind. René Rast visited the iconic Big Ben tower clock, Nico Müller and Robin Frijns viewed the capital from the London Eye, whilst Loïc Duval visited Buckingham Palace and Mike Rockenfeller put his nerves to the test in the London Dungeon, a historical horror attraction.

DTM BRANDS HATCH, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

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Race 2

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Standings

4 pages, EN

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