The DTM visits the Nürburgring for the 50th time from September 9 to 11. With every model range Audi has been active in the DTM with a total of nine victories to date. The first was achieved by two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl (Germany) in 1990 driving the legendary Audi V8 quattro.
In 2001, Laurent Aiello (France) secured the first DTM success of the compact Audi TT at the Nürburgring. This also marked the first DTM triumph of today's Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline that could potentially be celebrating its 50th victory in a DTM race this weekend. The most recent Audi victory at the Nürburgring was achieved last year by Miguel Molina in his Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM. He also holds the track record on the 3.629km sprint circuit used by the DTM (1m 21.732s).
This is another reason, following the challenging weekend at Moscow, the Audi team is travelling to the Eifel with confidence. “We intend to come back with renewed strength,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “The championship race is intensifying. Everything is still open, and our aims are unchanged. We’re expecting a balanced field at the Nürburgring. And, obviously, we have to be prepared for anything in terms of weather there. The Moscow analysis has confirmed our original assumption that we didn’t get the tires to work in qualifying. We've come up with corrective actions."
Jamie Green, trailing leaders of the standings Marco Wittmann (BMW) and Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) in position three, is currently the best Audi campaigner in the drivers' standings in terms of points. “I’ve never won in the DTM at the Nürburgring before,” says the Briton from Audi Sport Team Rosberg. “I’d like to change that and I think we’ve got good chances of making that happen. Our car should be competitive at the Nürburgring. Following the disappointment at Moscow, we need to regain our form and score as many points as possible.”
“I’m very much looking forward to the Nürburgring,” says the Audi driver. “It’s one of my favourite tracks on the DTM calendar. I had many good results there in the past and have been on podium several times. I feel comfortable on the track and am confident that we’re going to deliver a good race. We’ve still got title chances – it’s make or break now.”
The Nürburgring weekend is a home round for Audi Sport Team Phoenix and its two former DTM Champions Timo Scheider and Mike Rockenfeller, the latter having the change to drive his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM from the team's base in Meuspath to the track on public roads for a film shot.
Race one on Saturday (September 10) starts at 14:30 CEST and race two on Sunday (September 11) starts at approximately 15:00. Live onboard footage of both races will be available at www.audi-motorsport.com and live streaming from various perspectives at www.dtm.com/live. The Audi Sport TT Cup will be part of the program at the Nürburgring again as well.