11/24/2019 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: LOÏC DUVAL THRILLS CROWD WITH SENSATIONAL COMEBACK

Spectacular duels, gripping overtaking manoeuvres and an awesome photo finish in the end: the second joint race of the DTM and the SUPER GT made spectators at Fuji, Japan, jump from their seats. One of the protagonists on Sunday: Audi driver Loïc Duval, who still secured a podium finish with a sensational fightback following a puncture.

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PODIUM FINISH FOR DUVAL

Loïc Duval in the Audi RS 5 DTM had clinched pole position in rainy conditions in the morning. In the race on a dry track, the former SUPER GT Champion had to make an unscheduled pit stop due to a puncture of the left rear tyre after just seven laps. His Audi Sport Team Phoenix subsequently used one of a total of three safety car periods for another tyre change, a clever move that paid off: Duval was able to use the advantage of the fresher tyres on the last laps, overtake several rivals and thus fight back to the third spot, cheered on by the fans. A feat he performed in spite of still having run in the last position after seven laps.

Loïc Duval

“AN OUTSTANDING RACE”

“What a race!” said Duval. On a dry track, we weren’t quite as fast as the SUPER GT cars and had a puncture right at the beginning. But thanks to the safety cars we managed to fight back. The last two laps were crazy. We were practically just racing side by side. We came to Fuji to deliver a good show and to entertain the crowd. I think we managed to do that. For me, it was an outstanding race that I totally enjoyed in the car.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

FOUR AUDI IN THE TOP 10

With Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), René Rast (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) and Benoît Tréluyer (WRT Team Audi Sport) in positions seven, eight and ten, all four Audi RS 5 DTM cars finished in the top ten on Sunday. Rast was battling for a podium finish for a long time before the reigning DTM Champion suffered a puncture – unfortunately, at the end of the long start-finish straight, which caused him to lose even more time than Duval.

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

TRÉLUYER SHINES IN COMEBACK

In the turbulent first joint race of the DTM and the Japanese SUPER GT Championship on Saturday, Benoît Tréluyer had claimed sixth place as the best Audi driver. In his first race in the Audi RS 5 DTM, the Frenchman benefitted from a late safety car period. On the freshest tyres in the field, Tréluyer had made up several positions after the restart and crossed the finishing line as the best-placed driver of a DTM car.  

DTM FUJI, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

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Race 2

2 pages, EN

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FUJI

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
René Rast at the autograph session
Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

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