Jamie Green with second victory of the season back at the top of the standings
Mortara, Ekström and Molina complete Audi triumph
Six of the eight Audi drivers score points
A great day for Audi in the DTM: At the Lausitzring, the brand with the four rings celebrated a commanding one-two-three-four victory on Saturday evening and remains unbeaten in the 2015 DTM. Jamie Green in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg recaptured the lead of the standings on scoring his second success of the season. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in positions two, three and four completed Audi’s triumph.
Three races, the best grid position three times and three wins: Audi’s tally in the 2015 DTM remains impeccable. The foundation for the great success at the Lausitzring was previously laid by the Audi Sport squad in Saturday’s qualifying. Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM), Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM), Edoardo Mortara (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM) and Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM) secured the top four grid positions for Audi.
A perfect start followed in which the Audi quartet was able to parry off the attacks by the competition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz and defended positions one to four initially in the same order. Up to the 25th of the 32 laps Miguel Molina defended the lead before having to give in to the pressure by his brand colleagues Jamie Green, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström, which caused him to drop to fourth place.
The second victory of the season by Jamie Green was particularly impressive from two perspectives. The Briton is not in the best of health and can hardly talk, which made radio communications with his team more difficult. In addition, the drag reduction system (DRS) that allows the rear wing angle to be flattened did not work in his case. “That’s why it was hard to overtake Miguel (Molina),” said the Briton following his triumph. “But my car was simply perfect for my driving style. With two successes in the first three races, this is a dream start to the new season for me.”
Three Audi drivers – Jamie Green (50 points), Edoardo Mortara (48) and Mattias Ekström (40) – continue to rank at the top of the standings. After a qualifying session that was not optimal, the two drivers from Audi Sport Team Phoenix finished in the points as well. Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM) battled his way forward from grid position ten to eighth place and Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM) from 14th on the grid to position nine.
Only Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM/position 16) and Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM/position 20) remained without points. Tambay had to start the race from the last position on the grid and Müller already damaged his car on lap one and lost further ground in a collision.
“You don’t get to see a one-two-three-four result in the DTM every day,” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “That’s why our joy is even greater – especially at the Lausitzring, a track that we often had some difficulty with in the past. This shows that we really did good work in winter. But we’re keeping our feet planted firmly on the ground. Although things seemed to be pretty easy for us at the front today the gap to the competition isn’t very large. The tides can turn very quickly in the DTM because the field is so close. Things can look completely different tomorrow.”
The fourth race of the 2015 DTM is scheduled for Sunday at 14.23, local time (live coverage on ‘Das Erste’ starting at 14.00).
A dream weekend for Audi in the DTM at the Lausitzring: a one-two-three-four win on Saturday and a one-two-three-four-five win on Sunday – quotes from the Audi squad.
Dieter Gass (Head of DTM at Audi Sport): “You don’t get to see a one-two-three-four win in the DTM very often. That we even had five of our cars at the front on Sunday crowns a perfect DTM weekend for Audi – particularly on a track we were frequently having some difficulties with in the past. This shows how strong the Audi RS 5 DTM is. Following his victory at Hockenheim, Jamie Green seems to have finally made his breakthrough. On Sunday, he took the pole position with an advantage of more than half a second. That’s rare in the DTM as well. Plus, he had to battle for his victory against strong competition within the squad. After this weekend, we really have a reason to celebrate, but we also know how quickly the tables can turn again in the DTM. Our home round at the Norisring in four weeks from now will literally be a heavy challenge because we’ll have to add even more weight to our cars.”
Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM #53) Position 1 / position 1 “A fantastic weekend, arguably the best one in my career. Two victories, a commanding best time in qualifying with a half-second advantage, plus the fastest lap in both races – you can hardly achieve more than that. I was fast at the Lausitzring before, but this year I’ve upped the ante. It was a mega job by everyone involved. The Audi RS 5 DTM seems to be tailor-made for me this year. Now I’m looking forward to traveling to the Norisring as the leader of the standings. It’s one of my favorite tracks.”
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #5) Position 3 / position 2 “I must have been at the Lausitzring 50 times in my career – including tests. And I often went home with my head hanging because something didn’t fit or we weren’t fast enough. This time, it’s totally different, because even though I obviously would have preferred winning myself, I’m happy about our strong performance as a team. I’m always really impressed about the fans at the Lausitzring. I don’t know if I ever did anything special, but the people are always incredibly friendly and warm to me. If I could state a wish it would be to have even more time for our spectators in the future.”
Edoardo Mortara (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM #48) Position 2 / position 5 “This DTM season is really great fun: four races, four times in the top five and two of them on podium. But the fact that Audi has given us a real winning car in the RS 5 DTM is a lot more important. Everyone knows that we won’t be celebrating success like the one at the Lausitzring every weekend. But every one of us has the opportunity to win races and to battle for the championship – 14 more times this season. In a couple of days from now, the opening of my second restaurant in Geneva is on my agenda, plus plenty of training and, obviously, looking forward to one of the season’s highlights at the Nuremberg Norisring.”
Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM #17) Position 4 / position 3 “This has been the first weekend that I’ve really been in contention at the Lausitzring. Pole on Saturday and a podium on Sunday – the only thing that was missing was a victory. I’m happy with my performance. Jamie (Green) and Mattias (Ekström) are in a class of their own – but catching up with them is my next goal. Maybe already at the Norisring. The time until then won’t be boring. I’m going to train a lot, plus round two in the Spanish Kart Championship is coming up in which I’m taking care of a team. The opener went well and now we’re aiming for our first victory.”
Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM #10) Position 8 / position 4
“We worked for our success this weekend. On Saturday, the set-up of the car and my driving style didn’t fit together yet. We made some changes for Sunday and rewarded ourselves with grid position three and fourth place in the race. For Audi, the event at the Lausitzring has now been the second perfect weekend. Still, we’re not getting anything for free. In qualifying, the cars in positions two to 24 were only within five tenths of a second – that clearly shows how close the battle is in the DTM. Two commanding victories like these on a track that didn’t suit us really well in the past probably amazed a lot of people. And, honestly speaking, we were a little amazed ourselves. Now the Norisring is coming up where we haven’t really been looking good for a long time either. We’d like to cause another surprise there.”
Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM #51) Position 20 / position 9
“If you weigh the positives against the negatives, my Lausitz weekend with two points on Sunday just barely ends up in the positive range. I don’t have a lot of experience on this track yet because my first run at the Lausitzring last year lasted only ten laps. There was more potential in round two, but in the DTM everything’s got to perfectly fit if you want to be further in front. Audi is extremely strong this year and my Rosberg team has already scored three in four victories with Jamie. So it promises to become an exciting year. After the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring and the DTM I’m now looking forward to a breather. Then we’re traveling to the Norisring – that’s a highlight for me because I’m a big fan of city street circuits.”
Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #99) Position 9 / position 10
“Congratulations to Audi and my brand colleagues who really scored big at the Lausitzring. Obviously, I’m anything but happy with positions nine and ten. I’ve got to chalk that up to experience and see what I can learn from it. Our car is top and I’m going to battle to put all the factors together again as soon as possible. There are still 14 more races to go and victories continue to be my goal. The Norisring is a special event because it’s the home round for Audi and for our partner Schaeffler. Before Nuremberg, I’ll be at Le Mans with the squad as a reserve driver. Obviously, I’m hoping that there’ll be no need for me to run there but I’m going to support the guys as best I can.”
Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM #27) Position 16 / position 20
“This must have been the cruelest weekend in my DTM career. The beginning was really bad because I had to start from the rear of the grid due to an engine repair. On Sunday, I gave everything to somewhat recover. Things were looking good for a long time because I had several good overtaking maneuvers and had already recovered to ninth place when I was turned around by a rival. So my personal 2015 DTM season will only really start at the Norisring. Now I’m going to spend some time with friends and especially with my family. That’s the best way for me to clear my mind again.”