Audi without racing luck at Oschersleben DTM

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Mattias Ekström Audi A5 DTM Oschersleben 2012
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  • Mike Rockenfeller as best Audi driver in sixth place
  • Four Audi A5 DTM cars in the points
  • Mattias Ekström shines with recovery

Following the commanding one-two-three victory at Zandvoort Audi, after suffering major misfortune on the starting lap, occupied positions six, eight, nine and ten in the DTM race at the Motorsport Arena at Oschersleben.

In front of 71,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Mike Rockenfeller in the Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix in position six was the best-placed Audi driver. "I had a clean start but had to make way by sharply pulling to the left because Mattias (Ekström) had stopped in front of me. As a result, Augusto (Farfus) overtook me. Afterwards, the race was without any major highlights for me. I was not able to drive any faster than the cars in front of me and only tried to take the car home."

Mattias Ekström in his Red Bull Audi A5 DTM stopped at the start, dropping from fifth to 19th place. Subsequently, the Swede from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline was the quickest driver in the field some of the time, made up one position after the other and advanced into the points again. In the end, Ekström took eighth place.

Filipe Albuquerque in the TV Movie Audi A5 DTM in ninth place scored two points for Audi Sport Team Rosberg. His team-mate Edoardo Mortara on the other hand experienced a major disappointment. The two-time season winner braked a little too late into turn one and subsequently collided with Ralf Schumacher. In the incident, the front of his car was so heavily damaged that Mortara had to park his Playboy Audi A5 DTM after only six laps.

Timo Scheider, who had celebrated his first victory in a DTM race at Oschersleben in 2008, scored one point for tenth place. The two-time DTM Champion recovered from position 15 on the grid despite having lost valuable time at the second pit stop.

Miguel Molina’s car was hit in the rear by a rival at the start and was forced to drive his Red Bull Audi A5 DTM through the gravel trap in turn one. In the process, the Spaniard suffered a puncture. Molina finished with a one-lap gap in 15th place.

For Adrien Tambay, the race was practically over as early, as at the start as the generator had to be exchanged on his Audi ultra A5 DTM. The Frenchman resumed the race with a two-lap gap but again had problems with a drop in voltage shortly before the race ended. Tambay was classified in 16th place.

Rahel Frey’s E-POSTBRIEF Audi A5 DTM was damaged in the area of the front end during the turbulent starting phase. No longer being able to steer the car, the Swiss parked her vehicle off track on lap seven for safety reasons.

"Unfortunately, we lost any chance for a better result as early as at the start today," Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said after the race. "Afterwards, Mattias (Ekström) showed in his recovery what would have theoretically been possible. But it’s also a fact that on the whole we weren’t quick enough here at Oschersleben. We’re going to continue to work hard and do everything within our means to show a strong performance again in the last two races at Valencia and Hockenheim. The title in the manufacturers’ championship is still possible and victories are our aim."

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport):

"For us, after turn one, every chance of being among the front runners was unfortunately gone. Mattias (Ekström) stopped at the start. Edo (Mortara) and Miguel (Molina) had problems in turn one. That took away the chance of moving forward. In ‘Rocky’s’ car the speed we’d been hoping for was lacking a bit. We’ve got to look ahead now and do a better job of putting the results of our work on track."

Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM), 6th place

Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM), 6th place Oschersleben 2012

"6th place is definitely not what I’d been hoping for. But after qualifying, we knew that it would be a difficult race. I had a clean start and lost a bit of ground when ‘Eki’ stopped in front of me. I got through turn one without any problems but unfortunately didn’t have the pace for a forward attack."

Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A5 DTM), 8th place

Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A5 DTM), 8th place Oschersleben 2012

"A catastrophic race: I had a bad first lap - the rest was very good."

Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi A5 DTM), 10th place

Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi A5 DTM), 10th place

"I’d been hoping for more. But the race started with a moment of shock right away when Mattias (Ekström) stalled the engine and I intuitively had the right reaction at the last moment. In turn one, my choice of the side had been right but I was pushed toward the outside. That caused me to lose all the positions I’d won. The pace then was okay. The first pit stop was good because I gained a position. At the second pit stop, I lost a few places."

Filipe Albuquerque (TV Movie Audi A5 DTM), 9th place

Filipe Albuquerque (TV Movie Audi A5 DTM), 9th place Oschersleben 2012

"From position 14, the race is very difficult. I made it through the first lap without any problems but later lost some time behind Martin (Tomczyk). At the end of the race, Mattias Ekström was quicker. More than ninth place wasn’t possible. A position in the top ten was my goal and I achieved it."

Miguel Molina (Red Bull Audi A5 DTM), 15th place

Miguel Molina Red Bull Audi A5 DTM Oschersleben

"The start was very good but in turn one I was hit by Wickens and suffered a puncture as a result. Afterwards, my race was compromised. My car was very good but when you’re running in the last position you no longer drive one hundred per cent. The next race will be my home round at Valencia for which I’m extremely motivated."

Adrien Tambay (Audi ultra A5 DTM), 16th place

Adrien Tambay Audi A5 DTM Oschersleben 2012

"Ten minutes before the start we had a problem with the car and weren’t able to start from the grid. We started from the pit lane and I looked at this run as a test. Our pace was good but in the end we had another problem and had to stop earlier. We made the best of the situation and are now looking toward Valencia."

Rahel Frey (E-POSTBRIEF Audi A5 DTM), retirement

Rahel Frey Oschersleben DTM 2012

"Obviously, I’m not happy. I had two superb races before, and qualifying went well for me. That’s why I was optimistic here at Oschersleben. Unfortunately, I botched turn one. Once you’re at the far rear of the field there’s an incredible amount of action. I wanted to pass Susie (Wolff) and attacked. Unfortunately, I damaged the car in the process and retired at an early stage."

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi A5 DTM), retirement

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi A5 DTM), retirement Oschersleben 2012

"It was disappointing for us; we could have scored points. But my start wasn’t good and unfortunately I had contact with Ralf Schumacher on lap one. That’s very typical in Oschersleben. There are two more race weekends coming up - anything’s possible for me there."

Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline):

Hans-Jürgen Abt and Albert Deuring Oschersleben

"Racing luck wasn’t on our side when Mattias Ekström’s engine stalled. In retrospect, that was a real shame because the pace was right and Mattias recovered a lot of places. But he was no longer able to join the battle for the podium. Things like this happen in motorsport, though, and we won’t lose our motivation because of this."

Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix):

"Unfortunately, we saw all of the front Audi cars far at the rear in turn one. That was a real shame. Mike Rockenfeller got off lightly and managed to work his way around Mattias (Ekström). We came out of turn one in sixth place, didn’t have the speed to attack and then just sustained this position. What a shame! Miguel (Molina) had a superb start but suffered a puncture due to body contact with another car right on the first lap. We had to change the left rear tire. After that, he was driving his own race."

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg):

"This wasn’t exactly an Audi weekend. Edo (Mortara) damaged his car in turn one and was forced to retire. Filipe (Albuquerque) drove a good race, advanced from 14th to ninth place and scored two important points. Now, we’re looking ahead to Valencia."

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