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DTM stars at wheel of the Audi R8 LMS

  • Ekström, Rockenfeller and Scheider contest 24-hour races
  • Factory supported events at the Nürburgring and at Spa-Francorchamps
  • Three top teams and high-caliber driver line-ups

Audi tackles the two 24-hour races at the Nürburgring (June 25/26) and at Spa-Francorchamps (July 30/31) with high-caliber driver teams. DTM stars Mattias Ekström, Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider also join the grid for the two factory supported events with the Audi R8 LMS.

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DTM countdown: Mike Rockenfeller – the only way is up

  • Only seven weeks before the DTM opener
  • DTM Junior makes competition debut in new Audi A4 DTM
  • Sportscar program with highlight Le Mans

The 2011 motorsport season starts under new circumstances for Mike Rockenfeller. The 27-year old Audi factory driver moves to Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and drives the latest evolution of the A4 DTM (“R14 plus”) for the first time. He also contests a sportscar program in parallel with the R15 TDI and the R18 as well as the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Sixteen race weekends and also the Le Mans test day are on his calendar this year.

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Audi.tv releases 2010 DTM Season highlight video

Audi.tv has just released a gripping 6 minute highlight reel showing off the most remarkable footage from the 2010 DTM season. This emotional look into the race season is a must watch for any Audi Motorsport fan! Enjoy the video after the jump…
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Audi impresses fans in Shanghai

  • Timo Scheider makes strong showing in DTM’s world finale
  • Martin Tomczyk clinches fourth place
  • Miguel Molina is best DTM rookie of the year 2010

Audi impressed the fans at the DTM’s world finale in Shanghai (China) with a strong showing. For many of the 19,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) and 1,400 Audi guests Timo Scheider was the man of the race.

Just one day after his serious accident in qualifying, the two-time DTM Champion, assisted by a perfect strategy of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, pushed forward from position four on the grid to third place. An early end of the race deprived the German who lives in Austria of an even better result.

“My A4 was perfect today. If I had started from the front row I could have fought for victory,” said Scheider. “I’ve got to thank the guys who prepared the car again overnight.” The mechanics worked until 2 a.m. and continued at 7 a.m. to give their driver an optimal car again – which they clearly managed to do.
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Audi on second row of the grid in Shanghai

  • Timo Scheider is quickest Audi driver despite an accident in qualifying
  • Markus Winkelhock shines with grid position five
  • A lot of work for the Audi teams

In the qualifying sessions for the DTM’s world finale in Shanghai (China) that was marked by numerous incidents Timo Scheider in fourth place was the quickest Audi driver as well as the victim of a spectacular accident.
 
Just before the end of the third qualifying section (Q3) the two-time DTM Champion, while running at a speed of about 220 km/h on a lane marking lost control of his Audi A4 DTM, which careered out of control and crashed into the concrete wall backward. Also thanks to the high passive safety of the Audi A4 DTM, Scheider sustained no injuries. The mechanics of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline will try and repair the car before the race on Sunday (live broadcast starting at 8:05 a.m., CET, on “Das Erste”).
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Audi DTM driver Timo Scheider wins from position 15

  • Audi A4 DTM shines in the rain at Adria
  • Markus Winkelhock makes strong showing in fourth place
  • Alexandre Prémat uninjured in roll-over

In the first wet race the DTM has seen in two years Audi racer Timo Scheider drove the “race of his life:” at the Adria International Raceway the two-time DTM Champion from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline triumphed after having started from position 15 – the last driver to have achieved this feat in the DTM had been the former Formula 1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen, at Mugello in 2007.

But in addition to the commanding first victory of the season clinched by the two-time DTM Champion, Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfang Ullrich had another reason to be happy about at Adria: according to initial medical checks at the hospital Alexandre Prémat (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) sustained no injuries in a spectacular roll-over after body contact on the start-finish straight. “We can be proud of the safety of the DTM cars which has always been of paramount importance to us when designing the regulations,” said Dr. Ullrich. “Safety will again be the number-one priority for the next generation of the DTM cars. I hope that further medical checks will confirm that Alex has suffered no injuries.”
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Audi DTM: Return to the venue of the first victory

  • DTM visits Adria International Raceway on October 31
  • In 2004 Audi achieved its first victory with the A4 DTM
  • With four champion’s titles Audi has been the most successful DTM manufacturer ever since

On October 31 the DTM will visit the Adria International Raceway near the Italian lagoon city of Venice. There, in May 2004, Audi celebrated its first victory with the Audi A4 DTM. Accordingly, the Audi squad has fond memories of the round in Italy, the second-largest European market of the Audi brand outside Germany that saw the delivery of 57,204 vehicles in 2009.

Back to the starting point: On the last October weekend in 2010 Audi will return with the DTM to Adria, the venue of the first victory of the Audi A4 DTM. At Adria, on May 16, 2004, Mattias Ekström achieved the first triumph of the brand’s new race touring car with a 3.1-second lead as early as in the car’s third race. To date, 25 further single exploits complement its track record, plus the champion’s titles of Mattias Ekström (2004, 2007) and Timo Scheider (2008, 2009). Since Audi’s return to the DTM with a “factory” commitment at the beginning of the 2004 season the score has been 4:3 in the championship decisions between Audi and Mercedes-Benz. In addition, Audi is the first manufacturer to have clinched a title hat-trick in DTM history, in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
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Two Audi drivers on the podium at the German finale of the DTM


 

  • Best result of the season for Timo Scheider
  • Mike Rockenfeller on the podium for the first time since 2007
  • Mass collision deprives Mattias Ekström of last title chance

In front of an impressive turnout of 140,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Audi put two drivers on the podium at the German finale of the DTM. Timo Scheider achieved his best result of the season with a second-place finish. Mike Rockenfeller in his 40th DTM race managed a podium result for the second time in his career.
 
After starting from the pole position Timo Scheider was leading the race for a long time. Only in the final phase he lost the remote duel against Paul Di Resta, who was using a different strategy and returned to the track in front of Scheider after a late second pit stop. As Di Resta was running on the fresher tires Scheider was no longer able to counter and was instructed by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline to save the tires and secure second place.
 
“Obviously I would have liked to win the German finale here in front of our home crowd of fans for Audi,” said Scheider. “But we didn’t quite make it. Paul (Di Resta) was very quick, so we had to change our strategy and be a bit more aggressive. Unfortunately, that wasn’t completely sufficient. Still, being the best Audi driver again is a nice feeling.”
 
Mike Rockenfeller, who was by far the strongest driver of a 2008-specification car at Hockenheim and with a third-place finish clinched the first podium result of the season for Audi Sport Team Phoenix, was highly pleased. The Le Mans winner last mounted the podium in the DTM in 2007 at Oschersleben.
 
On the first few laps “Rocky” held up to the pressure by Gary Paffett who had won the past two Hockenheim races. After his first pit stop the German managed to gradually put a distance between himself and the former DTM Champion and to build up a cushion of more than five seconds. “My car was really good during the whole weekend,” raved Rockenfeller. “In the race it was running perfectly, particularly on fresh tires. Only toward the middle of my stints I had a little bit of oversteer.”
 
Martin Tomczyk and Oliver Jarvis went on a chase after Gary Paffett on the final laps but did not manage to bump the Briton from fourth place any more. “After my first attack my tires picked up some rubber off the track,” reported Tomczyk, who occupied fifth place just barely in front of Jarvis.
 
After a mass collision on lap one, just half of the 18 cars that had started from the grid finished the German finale. For Markus Winkelhock and Katherine Legge (both from Audi Sport Team Rosberg) the race on the new short circuit layout was over at the end of the “Parabolika” as quickly as it was for Miguel Molina, the best rookie in the 2010 DTM.
 
Mattias Ekström was entangled in the mass collision as well. At first the Swede was able to continue to drive his damaged A4 DTM but after two unscheduled pit stops had to retire on lap eight due to a broken right rear suspension. Before the race at Hockenheim Ekström had been the last Audi driver to still have chances of winning the DTM title.
 
“That ‘Eki’ was struck right on the first lap was of course really unfortunate for us and the fans,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Consequently, the title will go to a Mercedes driver for the first time since 2006. Congratulations to Stuttgart! The level in the DTM is extremely high, that’s why this defeat after three triumphs is not an embarrassment for us but motivates us to regain our old strength in 2011 and bring the title back to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm – which we also managed to do this year at the Le Mans 24 Hours. If you want to win the DTM, everything has got to fit perfectly. This year that simply wasn’t the case with us – today included.”
 
This was true for Alexandre Prémat as well, who had been running in the points before being brushed by Jamie Green in the pit lane. The right front suspension broke in the incident.

Audi sweeps the front row in qualifying at Hockenheim

  • Timo Scheider clinches pole position at German finale of the DTM
  • Mike Rockenfeller on row one as well
  • Seven Audi A4 DTM cars on the top nine grid positions 

The brand that has been the first and only one in DTM history to win three consecutive titles handled the extremely difficult conditions in qualifying for the German finale of the 2010 DTM best: Timo Scheider clinched the pole position for Audi on the shortened Hockenheimring on a track that was wet from rain. His brand colleague Mike Rockenfeller will start from the first row too on Sunday (starting at 1:45 p.m. – local time – live on “Das Erste”) with his 2008-spec A4 DTM. With seven Audi A4 DTM cars on the top nine grid positions, the brand with the four rings is in an outstanding position for the race.
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Audi wants to win German finale of the DTM

  • Audi A4 DTM to fight for victory at Hockenheim
  • New track version provides spectators with a special attraction
  • Mattias Ekström still has a theoretical title chance

Round nine of the DTM at Hockenheim on October 17 (starting at 1:45 p.m. – local time – live on “Das Erste”) will see Audi make another attempt at fighting for the top on a new track layout after the most recent, unfortunate miss of a possible victory at Oschersleben.

A race with new circumstances: this year, Hockenheim – which has been the venue of the season opener and finale since the new DTM was launched in the 2000 season – will not mark the final event on the calendar for the first time. Instead Audi will be starting into the “German finale” of the season on this circuit before the two remaining rounds will be held at Adria (Italy) and Shanghai (China).

Most recently at Oschersleben, Audi managed to postpone an early title decision in the DTM with a third-place finish by Mattias Ekström. Timo Scheider, who was on the verge of taking the lead on lap 34, lost ground due to a puncture. After two consecutive DTM title wins the 32-year-old Audi “factory” driver thus dropped out of the group of candidates for the title. Instead Ekström, in fourth place of the standings, assumed the ranking of the best Audi driver in the 2010 DTM. The Swede is separated from the leader of the standings, Bruno Spengler, by 26 points.
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