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“Super Sunday” for Audi in the DTM at Brands Hatch

Audi Sport RS 5 DTM #33 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg), René Rast
Audi Sport RS 5 DTM #33 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg), René Rast
  • 1-2-3-4 success scored by René Rast, Nico Müller, Robin Frijns and Loïc Duval
  • All eight Audi RS 5 DTM at the front of the field in qualifying
  • René Rast extends lead with maximum points score

A 1-2-3-4 success, maximum points scored, a historic result in qualifying, the lead in all three championships of the DTM extended: Audi achieved a true “Super Sunday” at Brands Hatch.

The organizers of the British DTM race had promoted the second race as “Super Sunday” and in doing so attracted thousands of spectators to the tradition-steeped race track on the outskirts of London. As early as in qualifying, they witnessed an impressive demonstration of the strength of the Audi RS 5 DTM. All eight Audi drivers clearly improved compared to the day before and secured the top eight spots on the grid. The DTM had only seen eight cars from the same brand at the front of the grid once before: 2016 in Budapest, also by Audi.

The squad around Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass converted the dream result in qualifying into the first 1-2-3-4 success achieved by an automobile manufacturer in the new turbo era of the DTM. As a result, Audi, in the manufacturers’ championship, scored the maximum number of 76 points that are possible on one race day.

In the drivers’ championship, René Rast, on clinching his fifth pole position and fourth victory this season, extended his lead of the standings. The driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg secured the top spot on the grid with an advantage of nearly three tenths of a second and started from the top three for the tenth time in succession. The only concern of the 2017 DTM Champion: because a front tire of his Audi RS 5 DTM was damaged by stones in the parc-fermé, he had to drive his second stint on a mixed set of tires.

“Pole position was clearly the key to success today,” Rast said after clinching the 14th victory in total of his DTM career. “My pace in the race was okay, but not superior. Scoring the maximum number of points and clinching victory from pole for the first time this year anyhow is fantastic.”

By finishing in second position, Nico Müller from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline consolidated his second place in the standings. “I didn’t have a good qualifying today either,” said the Swiss. “On my second set of tires, I hit traffic. That’s why the result was only sixth place. In the race, we were fast, but I lost the chance of battling for victory with René due to a slow pit stop. Even so, I’m happy about the good points scored this weekend.”

The podium was completed by Robin Frijns, who the day before had inhaled emissions due to a defect on the exhaust system and woke up with headaches on Sunday. “The race today was good, my car was superb,” said the Dutchman. “After a mediocre start, I was running behind Loïc (Duval) in fourth position. I had the feeling of being a little faster and overtook him after the pit stop. After that, I actually just watched my tires.”

Loïc Duval from Audi Sport Team Phoenix, in fourth position, perfected Audi’s 1-2-3-4 success. In the last third of the race, the Frenchman managed to defend himself against the vehement attacks by BMW driver Philipp Eng, although Eng had pitted later and was running on clearly fresher tires. Duval’s teammate, Mike Rockenfeller, finished sixth, shortly behind Duval and Eng.

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