Audi scored yet another major success in the development of piloted driving: Before the season finale of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the latest technology pioneer was running up to its physical limit, with no driver. It took the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept just slightly over two minutes to complete a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim – piloted with high precision and accuracy to within centimeters.
“The top performance by the Audi RS 7 today substantiates the skills of our development team with regard to piloted driving at Audi,” said Prof.
Historic success for Audi: At the first Russian DTM race in history, Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) and Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) caused a one-two Audi victory in front of an impressive crowd of 45,000 spectators (throughout the weekend). Rockenfeller, on clinching his second success of the season, managed to extend his lead in the overall standings to 27 points.
A perfect day for Audi at Moscow Raceway: On the new DTM race track around 80 kilometers north-west of Moscow, Mike Rockenfeller in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM and Mattias Ekström in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM commandingly set the pace right from the start.
Huge joy at Audi Sport Team Rosberg: After starting from the pole position, the Italian Edoardo Mortara won the fourth round of the 2012 DTM at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in front of 48,500 spectators (throughout the weekend). The new Audi A5 DTM thus celebrated its first victory. Mattias Ekström improved to second place in the standings.
The Red Bull Ring is apparently a good track for premieres. After Audi Sport Team Phoenix had clinched its first DTM success at Spielberg last year, which laid the foundation for the subsequent title win, the time had come for Audi Sport Team Rosberg - the team founded by ex-Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg - to do so this year - in an extremely thrilling race.
One date in particular influenced the work of the engineers and technicians at Audi Sport in a major way over the past few months: the homologation of the new Audi A5 DTM on March 1.
Exactly 59 days before the racing debut at the Hockenheimring on April 29 the rule now is "rien ne va plus." As of the electronic transmission of all relevant design drawings, CAD data, descriptions and photographs to Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) for approval ("homologation") the key technical areas of the new DTM vehicles - including aerodynamics - have been frozen.
Beginning of a new era: the innovative safety cell in the DTM is the core component of every DTM race car. The new Audi A5 DTM is also designed and built around the new carbon fiber monocoque which is shown for the first time in photos released to the public. "The DTM sets new standards again with this safety cell," emphasizes Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The component is extremely strong, assembled very efficiently and, as a consequence, implemented at such a high level for reasonable cost.
Francesco Pastorelli and Yelmer Buurman in the Exim Bank Team China Corvette No.11 completed the double by winning the Championship Race in an incident-filled finale to the 2011 season in San Luis. The victory for the GT1 debutants was the second of the weekend after taking the honours in the Qualifying Race the previous day.
Second was the nr47 DKR www-discount.de Lamborghini of Manuel Lauck and Christopher Haase and third were Clivio Piccione and Stef Dusseldorp in the nr3 Hexis Aston Martin.
Audi "factory" driver Mattias Ekström again proved his exceptional talent: In Beijing the Swede won the "Race of Champions" for the third time after 2006 and 2007. In the competition of the world’s best race and rally drivers the two-time DTM Champion defeated the new Formula 1 World Champion in the semi-finale, and Michael Schumacher in the finale. "This is a very special day for me," beamed the 31-year-old after his triumph in the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. "I was not particularly fortunate this year in the DTM.
The eagerly awaited DTM debut at Dijon-Prenois (Sunday starting at 1:45 pm live on "Das Erste") is a crowd-puller: A few days before the race almost all the grandstand tickets are sold out. Michael Dick, Executive Board Member for Technical Development of AUDI AG, would like to act as a "talisman" for Audi driver Timo Scheider, who has the chance of clinching an early title win this weekend: Dick had attended the previous races at Oschersleben, the Nürburgring and Barcelona – and at each of these events the Audi DTM squad clinched victory.
The motorsport world will be focusing on France on October 11 with eager anticipation: For the first time, the DTM will visit the legendary French circuit of Dijon-Prenois at which one of the most spectacular Formula 1 races of all time took place exactly 30 years ago. And for the first time an automobile manufacturer could be securing a third consecutive DTM title – because Audi driver Timo Scheider will have the first "matchball" in France. The reigning DTM champion will travel to the DTM’s debut at Dijon-Prenois with an advantage of 12 points over his team colleague Mattias Ekström, 14 over Mercedes driver Gary Paffett and 20 over Martin Tomczyk.
Audi extended its leading position in the DTM at Barcelona (Spain) with a commanding one-two-three victory. After his second exploit of the season Timo Scheider will have the chance to secure an early title win for Audi in the most popular international touring car racing series in the next race at Dijon (France) on October 11. 30,500 spectators (throughout the weekend) at the Circuit de Catalunya witnessed an impressive performance by the Audi squad – and a sensational start by Timo Scheider with which the title defender laid the foundation for victory.
Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished the 2009 DTM’s eighth round at Barcelona in fourth place and was the best C-Class driver. After 59 laps (175.643 kms), Bruno Spengler came home fifth whilst Paul Di Resta who had won at Brands Hatch two weeks ago ended up seventh. Following four Mercedes wins out of the previous seven races, the 2009 C-Class started in Barcelona with a 10-kilogram weight handicap.
After eighth out of 10 races, Paffett – winner of two races this year - is third in the overall ranking with 39 points.
The situation in the DTM is coming to a head: The race at Barcelona (Spain) on September 20 kicks off the crucial phase of the fight for the title in the most popular international touring car racing series. Nine drivers still have theoretical chances of achieving overall victory – and Audi is the brand with the best prospects in the title gamble. Before the last three races of the season two Audi drivers – Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström – who know how to win the DTM are ranking at the top of the standings: Scheider became the champion last year, Ekström did in 2004 and 2007.
By clinching second place at Brands Hatch, Audi driver Timo Scheider extended his lead in the DTM standings. A total of five Audi drivers scored points. Quotes after a hot race. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)"I’m very satisfied with the overall result. It was a strong team performance having three cars finish among the top five. Two of our drivers mounted the podium. Timo (Scheider) was able to extend his lead of the championship. All in all, we can be happy with the race weekend.
Audi has taken another small step toward achieving its big aim of becoming the first automobile manufacturer in DTM history to win a third consecutive DTM title: By clinching second place at Brands Hatch (Great Britain) after a fierce battle, Audi driver Timo Scheider extended his lead over the best Mercedes driver to nine points. Thanks to Mattias Ekström’s fifth place three races before the end of the season, two Audi drivers continue leading the standings. On the shortest DTM track of the season, 20,400 spectators (throughout the weekend) witnessed a thrilling race with tough battles for positions, captivating overtaking maneuvers, collisions and two safety car periods in the final stage.
Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the 2009 DTM’s seventh round at Brands Hatch. It is the 150th DTM victory for Mercedes-Benz in 317 races since the beginning of their DTM activities in 1988, the fourth in the season’s seven races so far. And it is the third DTM career win for Di Resta who had clinched his second pole position in the championship yesterday. After 90 laps on the shortest DTM track (1.929 kms), with a turbulent closing stage and two safety car periods, Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) came home fourth and Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) sixth.
This weekend the British DTM round will be staged at Brands Hatch (Sunday, starting at 1:45 pm live on "Das Erste"). Right in time for the home race the Audi A4 DTM driven by Oliver Jarvis receives a new outfit. After the young Briton had been advertising the "Audi Cup" up until July and then congratulated the winner of the soccer tournament with a respective message during the past two races, Brands Hatch will see him start from the grid for the first time with his race car sporting the wording "A4 – Jetzt Probe fahren!" promoting test drives of the production Audi A4.
Six races, five different winners – the course of the 2009 DTM season has been marked by plenty of variety and is thus just to the fans’ liking. On September 6 the most popular international touring car series will visit the outskirts of London – with two Audi drivers in the top two positions of the standings.
At Brands Hatch, the 2009 DTM begins its final spurt. Just four more races are left to show whether Audi will have achieved its big aim of the season: The brand with the four rings aims to be the first automobile manufacturer in the DTM, which has been held since 1984, to win the champion’s title for a third consecutive year.
Six races, five different winners – the course of the 2009 DTM season has been marked by plenty of variety and is thus just to the fans’ liking. On September 6 the most popular international touring car series will visit the outskirts of London – with two Audi drivers in the top two positions of the standings. At Brands Hatch, the 2009 DTM begins its final spurt. Just four more races are left to show whether Audi will have achieved its big aim of the season: The brand with the four rings aims to be the first automobile manufacturer in the DTM, which has been held since 1984, to win the champion’s title for a third consecutive year.
Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished the 2009 DTM’s sixth round at the Nürburgring in fifth position, followed by Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), Ralf Schumacher (Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class) and Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) in positions six to eight respectively.
Spengler, second in qualifying, was hit by Audi’s Mattias Ekström already on the opening lap and had to race 48 laps (174.192 kms) with a damaged car. In addition, the 2009 C-Class had started with a 10-kilo weight handicap – the consequence of two wins and a second place out of the previous four races.
Audi was in a class by itself in the DTM race at the Nürburgring: Places one to four and more than a 23-second advantage over the competition. Quotes after the triumph in the Eifel. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)"The conclusion to be drawn from this result can only be a positive one for Audi: We really completed a perfect weekend here at the Nürburgring. Our cars had a very good set-up straight from the start. We were dominant in all the practice sessions. In qualifying, we had six Audi cars among the top eight and thus created a good base for the race.
Audi continued its impressive string of pole positions in the DTM at the Nürburgring as well. For the eighth time in a row, an Audi A4 DTM will start from grid position one in the most popular international touring car series. DTM history has so far only seen such a string of fastest times in qualifying twice: In 2002/2003 by Mercedes and in 2007/2008 also by Audi. In mid-summer weather conditions with air temperatures of almost 30 and track temperatures of 40 degrees centigrade, the Audi drivers set the pace from the outset on Saturday.
By scoring an impressive 1-2-3-4 win at the Nürburgring, Audi re-captured the lead in the DTM at the beginning of the second half of the season. With title defender Timo Scheider (35 points) and Mattias Ekström (34 points), as many as two Audi drivers are ranking at the top of the standings after six of ten rounds. The dominating man at the Nürburgring, however, was Martin Tomczyk: The 27-year-old German was in a class by himself throughout the whole weekend. After posting the fastest times in free practice, qualifying and the warm-up, Tomczyk set the pace from the outset in the race as well.
The anniversary has been perfected: In front of 64,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) title defender Timo Scheider clinched the 50th DTM victory for Audi at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk completed a commanding 1-2-3 win by Audi. As in qualifying on Saturday, the four Audi A4 DTM cars of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline were in a class by themselves in the race as well. The best Mercedes crossed the finish line after 50 laps with a gap of almost 17 seconds.
Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) and Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class)finished the 2009 DTM’s fifth round at Oschersleben in positions four and five respectively. The 2009 C-Class had started with a 20-kilo weight handicap – the consequence of two wins and a second place in the previous three races.
The 48-lap race (177.408 kms) saw the Mercedes drivers catching up brilliantly. After only Bruno Spengler had qualified within the top eight (sixth with his Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), four C-Class cars finished the race in the points: Behind Di Resta and Paffett, Spengler came home sixth like in qualifying, followed by Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class).
With an impressive showing in qualifying Audi achieved a perfect starting base for the fifth round of the DTM at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Five Audi A4 DTM cars will start from the top five grid positions to the race on Sunday (starting at 1:45 pm – local time – live on "Das Erste"). The Dane Tom Kristensen (42) confirmed his nickname "Mister Oschersleben" yet again. The eight-time Le Mans winner who contests his last DTM season in 2009 emphasized the fact that he gets along with the 3.
With the seventh pole position in a row, Audi continued its string of posting the fastest qualifying times in the DTM. Seven Audi A4 DTM cars will start to the race (from 1:45 pm live on "Das Erste") from the four front rows. Quotes after qualifying. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)"A great day for Audi. Having seven cars in the top eight is a very special result. Our 2009-spec vehicles showed a thrilling fight for the two front rows of the grid. Of course these are perfect prerequisites, but the race is only on Sunday.
Although Audi continues to maintain the position that it has not violated the regulations at the DTM race at Zandvoort, Audi accepts the penalties and warnings issued by the German Motorsport Federation (DMSB) in the interest of sport and the spirit of the DTM. "We continue to be of the opinion that we did not violate the wording of the regulations," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "It would not be in the best interest of the DTM and motorsport if the discussions were to extend over several weeks and the results of Zandvoort continued to be provisonal.
The DTM visits Oschersleben in the "Magdeburger Börde" flatlands this weekend (Saturday from 1:25 pm and Sunday from 1:45 pm – local time – live on "Das Erste"). Oliver Jarvis (25), who surprised at Zandvoort, will congratulate the winner of the Audi Cup during the event. Oliver Jarvis’ Audi A4 DTM will start with slightly modified graphics at Oschersleben. The young Briton, who at the last round at Zandvoort was the first driver in the history of the new DTM to clinch the pole position in a year-old car, was advertising the Audi Cup at the first four races of the 2009 season.
Only two weeks after the Dutch DTM round in the dunes of Zandvoort the most popular international touring car racing series returns to Germany – or putting it more precisely, to East Germany: The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will play host to the fifth round of the 2009 DTM season on August 2. Almost all Audi drivers have particularly fond memories of the circuit situated in the "Börde" flatlands near Magdeburg – especially Tom Kristensen, who contested four DTM races at Oschersleben, starting to each one from the front row and finishing twice at the very top of the podium.
In front of 38,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Audi driver Mattias Ekström showed why he is regarded as the "King of Zandvoort": With an impressive recovery, the Swede fought his way forward from position nine on the grid to second place at the fourth round of the DTM. In the end, the two-time DTM Champion was just short of 1.431 seconds from achieving his fourth Zandvoort triumph. The recovery was made possible by a perfect strategy of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Ekström only came in for his first mandatory pit stop on the 21st of 41 laps and picked up his second set of tires on lap 29 – later than any other driver.
Audi clinched six out of eight possible point-finishes at Zandvoort (the Netherlands). The man of the race from Audi’s perspective was Mattias Ekström, who made up ground from position nine on the grid to second place. The crucial factor in this feat was the strategy of scheduling the first pit stop at a late stage. The quotes after the race at Zandvoort. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)"Mattias Ekström was very quick today – that was the reason why, in the end, he was one of the front runners.
Gary Paffett drove the Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class to victory in the 2009 DTM’s fourth round at Zandvoort. After 41 laps, Paffett repeated his win of 2005 at this track.
Paffett achieved his second win of the year after his victory at the Lausitzring on 31st May and his 12th in the DTM. For Mercedes-Benz it is the 149th win in the DTM out of 314 races since 1988.
Paffett took the overall lead with 24 points ahead of Mattias Ekström (Audi) on 22 points. Bruno Spengler, Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class, who came home seventh today, and Timo Scheider (Audi) are tied in third place with 18 points each.
On July 29/30 the "Audi Cup" will take place at Munich’s Allianz Arena – a tournament featuring the top-level teams AC Milan, Boca Juniors, Manchester United and FC Bayern München. Fitting the soccer highlight, Oliver Jarvis (25) clinched his first pole position in the DTM race at Zandvoort – in an Audi A4 DTM that promotes the "Audi Cup." Quotes after an action-packed qualifying. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)"Oliver Jarvis’ performance in a year-old car cannot be emphasized emphatically enough: He was in control of qualifying and clinched pole on the crucial lap by posting all the fastest sector times.
Audi driver Oliver Jarvis wrote a chapter in DTM history at Zandvoort: Jarvis who at age 25 is the youngest Audi "factory" driver is the first racer in the "new" DTM to clinch the pole position with a year-old car. With Mike Rockenfeller and Alexandre Prémat on grid positions four and six, two other year-old Audi cars will start to the race from the top three rows (Sunday, from 1:45 pm live on "Das Erste"). In the crucial final qualifying segment Oliver Jarvis outperformed his rivals by more than half a second on the demanding circuit along the Dutch North Sea coast – at the wheel of the Audi A4 DTM in which Martin Tomczyk started last year.
The two Audi factory drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Tom Kristensen participated in charitable sport events before the DTM away race in the Netherlands (live from 1:45 p.m. on "Das Erste" ARD on Sunday). Jumbo Schreiner numbers among the Audi guests visiting the North Sea coast. The television actor and author ("Wunderwelt Wissen", "Galileo") has a soft spot for fast cars and experiences the DTM once again on location. Double dose of sport for a good cause: Mike Rockenfeller was a squad member of the "Nazionale Piloti" motorsport team at the traditional benefit football match held before the German Grand Prix, as were former and current Formula 1 drivers.
On July 16th the Audi brand will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Only three days later, there may be another reason to celebrate: The 50th Audi victory in the most popular international touring car racing series is possible when the DTM visits the Netherlands. Audi has impressively demonstrated "Vorsprung durch Technik" on the demanding dune circuit along the Dutch North Sea Coast in recent years. To date, Audi has competed at Zandvoort with the A4 DTM five times, celebrating victory on four of these occasions.
Jamie Green drove the 2008 Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class to victory in the 2009 DTM’s third round at Nuremberg’s Norisring. After 80 exciting laps with three lead changes during the final four laps, Green who had started seventh on the grid won 1.3sec ahead of Bruno Spengler in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class. Thus both drivers repeated last year’s finish; Green drove the same car as in 2008.It was the seventh consecutive race win for Mercedes-Benz at the Norisring, the ninth since 2000.
Audi was lacking just 1.678 seconds to clinch the coveted "home victory" at the Norisring. Quotes after one of the most thrilling DTM races in recent years. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)"That was premium motorsport today and one of the best touring car races in recent years. Anyone watching the race from the grandstands at the Norisring or on TV was able to witness everything the DTM stands for: tough duels on the track, various strategies and fantastic pit stops. Everything almost worked out for us but in a nail-biting fight during the final 15 laps, which also included a number of body contacts, we lost the race.
With a fourth-place finish at the Norisring Audi driver Timo Scheider defended his lead of the DTM standings. His teammate Mattias Ekström clinched a podium result for Audi in one of the most thrilling races in DTM history held in front of 132,000 spectators (throughout the weekend). Timo Scheider was the tragic hero of the race. From the pole position, the reigning DTM Champion was setting the pace during the first two thirds of the race with his Audi A4 DTM despite the fact that he had started the race suffering from a high fever.
On Sunday, Audi will start to the season highlight at the Norisring with two cars in front: In a dramatic qualifying, title defender and leader of the standings Timo Scheider took the pole position in front of his teammate Mattias Ekström. This means that at Audi’s "home race" at the Norisring two Audi A4 DTM cars will be starting from the front row for the first time ever. Ekström and Scheider, the DTM Champions in 2004, 2007 and 2008, did the best job of handling the track conditions on the 2.