- Rahel Frey presents Audi RS Q3 in Geneva
- Haase/Mies/Ortelli confirmed as champions
- Timo Scheider masters one of the toughest cross-country races
In the brief interview, new signing Jamie Green talks about his initial experiences with Audi, his team and the RS 5 DTM. There is a delayed champion’s celebration in customer sport, Rahel Frey presents the Audi RS Q3 in Geneva and Timo Scheider has mastered an equally unusual and strenuous challenge.
Rahel Frey presents Audi RS Q3 in Geneva
Rahel Frey presented the Audi RS Q3 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi factory driver introduced the first RS model in the successful Q family to the media on Tuesday. The top-end model of the smallest Q line delivers 228 kW (310 hp) and consumes only 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.
Timo Scheider masters one of the toughest cross-country races
Audi driver Timo Scheider is now officially a "Braveheart." Together with his team the two-time DTM Champion mastered the cross-country race by the same name that was held in Münnerstadt on Saturday. The competitors had to complete around 26 kilometers, 50 stations and 2,400 meters of vertical difference within five hours. In a field of roughly 2,700 entrants Scheider, whose run was clocked at 3h 15m40s, took 193rd place. Besides feeling exhaustion and pride the racer will make a lasting impact through his contribution to the Bravehearts Charity on whose behalf he competed.
Miguel Molina at school
Miguel Molina was a guest at the regional “Formula 1 at School” competition held at the Experimenta Learning and Experience World in Heilbronn this weekend. The Audi driver took a look at the small race cars of the student teams, answered plenty of questions at a discussion round and fulfilled the visitors’ requests for autographs. He had brought along an original-size race car – an exhibition model of the Audi A5 DTM.
Start numbers for the DTM 2013 are fixed
Now that the eight Audi DTM drivers have been allocated among the race teams, the start numbers of the Audi RS 5 DTM cars for the 2013 season are also fixed: 5 Edoardo Mortara; 6 Filipe Albuquerque; 11 Mattias Ekström; 12 Jamie Green; 19 Mike Rockenfeller; 20 Miguel Molina; 23 Timo Scheider; 24 Adrien Tambay.
Leena Gade at Science Museum
Audi race engineer Leena Gade visited the London Science Museum on Sunday. The Briton led Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer in Audi Sport Team Joest to the two victories at the 2011 and 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours. At the “High Performance Exhibition” Gade gave a talk about her work in Audi’s hybrid sports car project.
World premiere of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in Geneva
The latest Audi R8 LMS ultra was unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The most recent evolution of the customer sport race car with improved aerodynamics will be fighting for GT3 honors worldwide this year. Its sister model was also showcased in Europe for the first time: The new generation of the Audi R8 GRAND-AM won the GT class of the Daytona 24 Hours in January and is available to Audi’s customer teams as well.
Haase/Mies/Ortelli confirmed as champions
The FIA International Court of Appeal has confirmed Christopher Haase/Christopher Mies/Stéphane Ortelli (D/D/MC) as the winners of the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series. The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT with its driver team and the Audi R8 LMS ultra secured this title for the second consecutive time.
A word from … Jamie Green
On Tuesday you unveiled the new Audi RS 5 DTM together with your Audi team mates at the International Motor Show in Geneva. Did you enjoy the presentation?
I was well impressed by Audi’s huge exhibition stand. It’s very modern and professionally built. Furthermore, I was proud to be a part of the Audi Sport press conference and to be able to drive the Audi RS 5 DTM onto the stage in front of the public. It’s fantastic to see so many racecars on the Audi stand – this shows just how strongly integrated motorsport is in the company.
What is your first impression of the Audi RS 5 DTM?
I got my first impression of the car’s handling during the tests at Valencia. I got on very well. Many things still will be tested to further optimize the car. It’s very interesting for me to monitor this development work. Audi Sport is working very hard to further improve the performance of the Audi RS 5 DTM within the actual constraints.
Do you now feel at home at Audi and in your new team Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline?
Yes. Being at the training camp in Ofterschwang helped me a lot. We did a lot of sport together and spoke a lot with each other. This helped me to become a part of the Audi family more easily. Having said this, I still have to get to know Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline better. This is why I go to Abt in Kempten next week.
Mattias Ekström is your new team mate. Are you happy about this?
I think that we are a good combination – even if we were rivals in the past. I’ve had a lot of different team mates in my career. I’ve known Mattias since 2004 when I won the Formula 3 Euro Series championship. We are the same age, have the same mentality, a similar level of experience and are clever enough to combine our experience in the best way to bring more success for the team and Audi. Perhaps I can also learn something new from a two-time DTM Champion.
What are your expectations for your first DTM season as Audi driver?
Winning the championship remains my big goal. Even though Audi didn’t live up to its own expectations in 2012, I start the new season completely impartially and hope that we can fight for the title this year. I’m happy that I can compete for Audi in one of the most successful DTM teams. The last title was two years ago – I think that the necessary will to win is there.
Coming up next week
March, 12 28th birthday Marco Bonanomi
March 16 12h Sebring, Sebring (USA)