Jejejeje... estaba siendo la carrera tan sumamente aburrida que cuando faltaban tres vueltas he ido a meterme en el foro para comentarlo. Y justo entonces escucho unos gritos en los altavoces... vuelvo a poner el VLC delante y me encuentro a Ekstrom con un pinchazo ¡Qué putada! había hecho una carrera inmaculada... con todo bastante que ha quedado séptimo.
Pues lo dicho... un carrera soporífera. Y por cierto... Audi les ha meado a Mercedes-Benz
PD: Eloy... por mi puedes poner todos los spoilers que quieras, que ya me ocupo yo de no meterme en el post hasta que haya visto la carrera. Los demás no sé que opinarán...
Ingolstadt/Hockenheim - Hockenheim marked the 100th race of the DTM since its re-launch in 2000. This and other interesting facts and figures about the 2009 DTM season opener are presented below.
- The wheels of an Audi A4 DTM turned about 2206 times per lap at Hockenheim
- The winner, Tom Kristensen, completed 178.386 km in the race
- The average speed was 163.165 km/h
- Hockenheim was the 100th DTM race since the DTM was re-incepted in 2000
- Winner Tom Kristensen advertises "100 years of Audi" on his A4 DTM
- This was Tom Kristensen's 51st DTM race
- Audi celebrated its 49th race victory in the DTM
- This was Audi's 46th pole position in the DTM
- For Team ABT Sportsline, this was the 30th DTM victory
- For the 27th time in 54 races, an Audi A4 DTM started from P1
- 12 race cars of the Audi brand started at Hockenheim - more than at any other previous DTM race
- Audi drivers occupied the top 5 grid positions at Hockenheim
- Tom Kristensen clinched his 4th victory in the DTM
- 4th place was Markus Winkelhock's best DTM result to date
- With 1m 32.068s Mattias Ekström set a new track record in the third qualifying segment
- Oliver Jarvis clinched his 1st podium result in the DTM
- Tom Kristensen had a 0.353-second lead when he crossed the finish line
Audi starts 2009 DTM season with fourfold victory
DTM: Audi managed a perfect start to the 2009 DTM season at the 100th race of the new DTM: Tom Kristensen, Timo Scheider, Oliver Jarvis and Markus Winkelhock clinched a fourfold victory of the Audi A4 DTM and delivered the best start to a season in AUDI AG's DTM history at the Hockenheimring in front of 91,000 spectators. It could have even been a fivefold victory for the brand with the four rings but a puncture on the penultimate lap cost Mattias Ekström the win that already seemed sure.
Ingolstadt/Hockenheim - Audi started to the 2009 DTM season at the Hockenheim ring with a dominant fourfold victory. The Dane Tom Kristensen (41) celebrated his fourth exploit at a DTM race following his announcement on Friday that he would end his DTM career after the 2009 season. Quotes after the race at Hockenheim.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
"At the time we entered the DTM, the Hockenheimring tended to suit us less than other tracks did. We broke that spell in 2007 with a one-two victory. In 2008, we clinched a threefold win and now, in 2009, a fourfold victory - that's a fantastic string of exploits which our squad can be very proud of. We showed a tremendous team performance this weekend. It was a real shame that Mattias Ekström, who had been controlling the race, was deprived of his well-deserved first place due to a puncture. But, no doubt, Tom Kristensen is a worthy winner And it's nice that the '100 years of Audi' car won the 100th race of the new DTM."
Tom Kristensen (100 Jahre Audi - A4 DTM #2), winner
"I'm really very happy to be driving an Audi. '100 years of Vorsprung durch Technik,' and in the 100th DTM race at that! This win is fantastic. The ten points are really valuable for me. This is my last DTM season. I'll enjoy every minute of it, and it started off extremely well. But Mattias Ekström was the driver dominating the weekend. And he reserved a new set of tires on which he started the race. That was the key. After the safety car period, he was able to take off on the fresher tires. His lead was simply too big. I was just fighting for second place any more. I kept my cool, avoided making mistakes and paid attention to good traction. Timo (Scheider) chased me throughout the race. In the end, I was able to perfectly understand Mattias' feelings because, at Brands Hatch in 2006, I was leading the race and was also deprived of victory by a technical reason. We already talked about this. He had a perfect weekend and now goes home empty-handed."
Timo Scheider (GWlus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM #1), 2nd place
"Of course I'd have liked winning the race, but I showed a good performance. I had a car that allowed me to push the limit, and on 39 laps at that. There was a big difference between yesterday's and today's balance. My thanks go to the team. They worked through the night racking their brains to find out what the reason was. Today, I had the car that would have come in handy yesterday. That's why, in the end, I 'only' managed clinching second place. No doubt, there was a little luck involved too because Mattias (Ekström) would have been the real winner. He made perfect use of his new tires and achieved a considerable advantage. I would not have been able to pass Tom (Kristensen) without body contact. Hopefully, second place and eight points are a good omen in the year of the title defense - because last year I also started here as the runner-up."
Oliver Jarvis (Audi Cup A4 DTM #15), Platz 3, best year-old car
"I'm absolutely elated. It was a great weekend for us. The free practice went well, and so did qualifying. Making it into the fourth qualifying segment was simply fantastic. The race, too, went perfectly. The podium result at the season opener is a nice reward for the hard work the Phoenix team invested in the cars last winter."
Markus Winkelhock (Playboy Audi A4 DTM #12), 4th place
"I'm happy about this result because our tests at Hockenheim were nothing to write home about and the free practice wasn't that great for me either. Things started going well for me in qualifying and the race went well too. It was my luck that Spengler and 'Eki' had problems. Still, I'm happy about the points."
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #5), 7th place
"I had a fantastic weekend and, basically, have no reason to complain whatsoever. Even the first lap started off really well. The free practice was good, the long run was successful, the car responded to every change. The working atmosphere in the team was good. Qualifying went exactly as planned. In the warm-up we learned a lot as well and made a few minor changes. As late as on the starting grid we made another modification due to the higher temperatures. That worked out, and so did the pit stops. Everything was fine - up to two laps before the race ended, when I had a puncture. So, everything was fine - except the end!"
Katherine Legge (Audi Collection A4 DTM # 21), 12th place
"Maybe we did a pretty good job of entertaining the audience but for us the race, unfortunately, was horrible. I had a bad start. It seemed like everybody was out to get everyone else, many cars touched or crashed into each other. My car was damaged by debris. I had some body contact with Ralf Schumacher and Susie Stoddart. In the end, my car turned to the right all on its own. This wasn't exactly a fantastic result. Now we look ahead, to the race at the Eurospeedway."
Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Cola Audi A4 DTM #6), retirement (electronics)
"I stalled the engine at the start, at the pit stop the front left wheel nut was jammed, and I had to stop again. But even if all this hadn't happened and I'd have been at the far front of the field: My race ended in the pits because of an electronic problem and the engine no longer delivered any power."
Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM #11), retirement (accident)
"My start was really poor. The engine almost stalled. But I got off the grid and lost - I think - only two places. In the hairpin, things got tight. I braked late, Alex (Prémat) was turned around by Gary Paffett. Suddenly I just felt something hitting my right rear wheel. Jamie Green braked much too late and fully hit the corner of my car: that was the end of my car and the end of my race. Too bad!"
Alexandre Prémat (Audi Bank A4 DTM #14), retirement (accident)
"My retirement was particularly unfortunate because this car basically offered good opportunities today. After the start, I was eighth. A points-finish would have easily been possible at this race. Unfortunately, Gary Paffett hit my car so heavily in the hairpin that the rear suspension broke."
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
"A sensational race and incredible suspense throughout. Of course the incident with 'Eki' was really, really unfortunate. But that's racing. Something can always happen, even so shortly before the finish. With or without the puncture, the team result was absolutely fantastic - I wouldn't mind if things continued this way. I'm incredibly happy for Tom (Kristensen) clinching this result. He drove a super race and was always under pressure by Timo (Scheider). Driving a race with 39 flawless laps is no mean feat, and he did it. He deserved winning."
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
"We always had the goal to finish on the podium, but the race showed that the new cars are definitely stronger. We kept Di Resta at bay, our pace was really good. In the end, one man's misfortune was another man's luck. It's really too bad for 'Eki'! For us, the podium was a dream result. Alex (Prémat) was really doing well but, unfortunately, was hit on the first lap. We made some more changes to his car from the warm-up to the race. He was very happy. Too bad, he wasn't able to show what was possible."
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
"With 'Eki' you could see how cruel motorsport can be. Congratulations to Audi and 'old' Tom (Kristensen). But the 'used cars' clinched great results as well. I'm happy with fourth place because we can compete much better with the 'used cars' again than we could last year. I look forward to more of this. With 'Rocky,' too, quite a bit would have been possible. It's too bad that there was such chaos on the first lap."
Ingolstadt/Klettwitz - In the 100th year of its existence, another anniversary is coming up for the Audi brand: After Tom Kristensen's triumph at the Hockenheim season opener, Audi is aiming to clinch its 50th victory in the DTM - in which case the brand with the four rings would pass BMW on the perpetual list of the best contenders in the most popular international touring car series.
The first opportunity to achieve this ranking will present itself to the squad around Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich on May 31 at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Up to now, however, the circuit located 130 kilometers south of Berlin has not exactly been the Audi A4 DTM's favorite track. Audi clinched victory only once at the EuroSpeedway on its own power: In September 2005, Mattias Ekström prevailed against Mercedes driver Gary Paffett in an impressive duel.
Nevertheless, the names of Audi and Ekström appear on the winners' list of DTM races at the EuroSpeedway a second time: In 2004, the Swede inherited victory because Gary Paffett ran out of fuel after crossing the finish line and the tank of his Mercedes did not contain the residual amount of gasoline prescribed by the regulations.
After the one-two-three-four victory at the Hockenheimring, Audi comes to East Germany with a handicap: The rules require the Audi A4 DTM to start from the EuroSpeedway grid with ten kilograms more weight than the Mercedes cars. This means that part of the "Vorsprung durch Technik" advantage which Audi Sport achieved during the further development of the Audi A4 DTM in winter will be lost. At Hockenheim, the "R14 plus," which is the internal model designation of the 2009 A4 DTM version, was clearly superior to the current Mercedes C-Class.
The Audi drivers clinched a total of 31 out of 39 possible points at the season opener - an impressive tally in which the drivers of the 2008-spec cars had a part as well. The Briton Oliver Jarvis achieved his first podium result in the DTM, the German Markus Winkelhock, in fourth place, the best result of his DTM career.
Audi could have scored even more points if Mattias Ekström had not lost the victory that already seemed to be sure due to a puncture on the penultimate lap. The Swede will do everything within his power to recover lost ground and has good chances to do so: The two-time DTM Champion has been on the podium six times so far at the EuroSpeedway - more than any other current DTM driver.
Tom Kristensen, who has fond memories of the EuroSpeedway as well, comes to the venue as the front runner of the standings: The Dane, who started his last DTM season with victory at Hockenheim, achieved as many as three podium finishes at the EuroSpeedway.
Like at Hockenheim, qualifying will predetermine the outcome of the race to some extent. At the request of the TV channel, the session will only start at 2:35 pm (local time), one hour later than usual. The race will be broadcast live on "Das Erste" on Sunday at 1:45 pm as usual.
Quotes before the DTM race at the EuroSpeedway
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): "We created a very good base for our squad at Hockenheim but we know that in the past few years we didn't do quite so well on the EuroSpeedway. In addition, our new vehicles will be ten kilograms heavier than the current Mercedes cars because of the results at Hockenheim. And I also know that our rivals will work very hard. We're expecting a tough weekend on which we'll have to fight to clinch good results."
Tom Kristensen (100 Jahre Audi - A4 DTM #2): "I always enjoy racing at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. As far as the track is concerned, the tarmac has little friction. The circuit features a lot of directional changes from 180-degree turns. In the slow corners we need good balance and traction. That's where mechanical grip is crucial. I'm sure our Audi A4 DTM is good at that."
Timo Scheider (GWlus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM #1): "The EuroSpeedway always put us in pretty trying situations in recent years. You need to squeeze out every bit of potential. Last year, I was on the podium there although we were a little slower than Mercedes. I'm hoping that we'll be able to continue our good performance from Hockenheim.""
Markus Winkelhock (Playboy Audi A4 DTM #12): "After the good season opener at Hockenheim, I'm coming to the EuroSpeedway with a positive feeling. Unfortunately, it wasn't my best track last year, when I crashed into the pit wall after a puncture and heavily damaged the car. That's why I'll try to do better this year. I'm happy that with our year-old cars we can keep up with the field pretty well. Unless that changes significantly we're in for an exciting season."
Oliver Jarvis (Audi Cup A4 DTM #15): "Of course our expectations are high, and so is our confidence. However, I'm also sure that Mercedes will be a lot faster than they were at Hockenheim - and the 2009-spec Audi cars are likely to further improve as well. I'm expecting a tough race. I look forward to it and, hopefully, will be able to score a few more points."
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #5): "I think that with a few kilos of additional weight, the situation will be tighter than it was at Hockenheim. We won't be seeing any dominance. We'll have our work cut out for us and we need to be well prepared. One thing is sure: I really like the new car. It suits my style of driving well. That makes me happy."
Katherine Legge (Audi Collection A4 DTM #21): "I'm really looking forward to the EuroSpeedway because the season opener with my new team was a promising beginning. Last year, I had a good test at the EuroSpeedway. I hope that I'll be able to benefit from that, maybe I'll even be able to score a few points. My 2008-spec Audi is much more consistent and handles better than the car I drove last year."
Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Cola Audi A4 DTM #6): "I'm looking forward to the EuroSpeedway. My speed in qualifying and the race was right at the Hockenheim season opener. I think I'll be able to repeat that at the EuroSpeedway. At least that's what I'm shooting for. But we also know that Mercedes was always very good there in the past. Still, our advantage at Hockenheim was pretty big. That gives me hope that we'll be strong at the EuroSpeedway too."
Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM #11): "The Hockenheim season opener didn't go well for me. That's why I'm now hoping for a clearly better result. We need to find a good setup from the outset and do well in qualifying - not like at Hockenheim when I started from position ten. Running in mid-field is always difficult and there's a risk of getting involved in an accident."
Alexandre Prémat (Audi Bank A4 DTM #14): "I'm happy about returning to the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. I really, really like this circuit. Ever since I drove there for the first time I've been feeling comfortable about this track. My goal is to score points there. Even though we've got to drive with additional weight I expect our car to be very competitive in direct comparison with Mercedes. I'm motivated and out to get points."
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): "After our great exploit at Hockenheim, I'm looking forward to the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. I know that our package is very competitive. Still, we need to continue working with full concentration because we've got a title to defend. The team will stay fully focused on that goal. Of course we're hoping that our success will continue at the EuroSpeedway."
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix): "I don't think that the five kilos of additional ballast mean at all that we won't be competitive any more. We should be able to keep the pace of the 2008 and 2009-spec Mercedes unless they manage a major leap by the time the next race starts. I see us exactly where we were at Hockenheim again: behind the new Audi and the current Mercedes cars - at least that's our goal."
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): "The result at Hockenheim is highly motivating. I've got pretty fond memories of the EuroSpeedway. Of course we now want both drivers to finish in the points. I think we can continue annoying the Mercedes with our year-old cars. At least, we'll try and do that again."
Facts and figures
Between the two DTM races at Hockenheim and the EuroSpeedway, Mattias Ekström, Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider contested the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring ... The same is true for the two Audi Sport teams Abt Sportsline and Phoenix ... Timo Scheider, Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk clinched places two, three and four last year at the EuroSpeedway ... Mattias Ekström was on the podium at the EuroSpeedway as many as six times ... In 2000, the DTM race at the EuroSpeedway had to be cancelled due to heavy rain ... In 2007, only half-points were awarded at the EuroSpeedway because of an incorrect deployment of the safety car ... Markus Winkelhock drove his maiden DTM race for Audi at the EuroSpeedway in 2007.
Katherine Legge about the EuroSpeedway: "I like the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. It has a bit of everything: fast and slow turns. The circuit is demanding and there are many opportunities to pass. It's one of the tracks I'm particularly looking forward to. The tarmac is nice and even. My favorite corner is turn one: I like the hard braking before entering this turn. You've got to take advantage of the high speed after the long section in the oval as long as possible, and then you really slam on the brakes."
The Audi drivers in the 2009 DTM
Mattias Ekström (S): * Jul 14, 1978 in Falun (S); residence: Salenstein (CH); single; height: 1.83 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi driver since 1999; DTM races: 84; pole positions in the DTM: 12; DTM race victories: 13; DTM titles: 2; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 1st
Oliver Jarvis (GB): * Jan 09, 1984 in Burwell (GB); residence: Ermatingen (CH); single; height: 1.80 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi driver since 2008; DTM races: 12; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race victories: 0 (best result: 3rd place); DTM titles: 0; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 8th.
Tom Kristensen (DK): * Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Monaco (MC); single (partner Hanne), two sons (Oliver and Oswald), one daughter (Carla Malou); height: 1.74 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi driver since 2000; DTM races: 51; pole positions in the DTM: 7; DTM race victories: 4; DTM titles: 0; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 2nd.
Katherine Legge (GB): * Jul 12, 1980 in Guildford (GB); residence: Ermatingen (CH); single; height: 1.73 m; weight: 60 kg; Audi driver since 2008; DTM races: 12; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race victories: 0 (best result: 15th place); DTM titles: 0; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 15th.
Alexandre Prémat (F): * Apr 05, 1982 in Juvisy-sur-Orge (F); residence: Paris (F); single (partner Cleo), one daughter (Zoe); height: 1.82 m; weight: 74 kg; Audi driver since 2007; DTM races: 21; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race victories: 0 (best result: 2nd place); DTM titles: 0; best result at EuroSpeedway: -
Mike Rockenfeller (D): * Oct 31, 1983 in Neuwied (D); residence: Altnau (CH); single (partner Susanne); height: 1.75 m; weight: 67 kg; Audi driver since 2007; DTM races: 22; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race victories: 0 (best result: 3rd place); DTM titles: 0; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 9th.
Timo Scheider (D): * Nov 10, 1978 in Lahnstein (D); residence: Lochau (A); engaged to Jasmin, one son (Loris); height: 1.78 m; weight: 73 kg; Audi driver since 2006; DTM races: 89; pole positions in the DTM: 6; DTM race victories: 3; DTM titles: 1; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 2nd.
Martin Tomczyk (D): * Dec 07, 1981 in Rosenheim (D); residence: Aesch/Basel (CH); single; height: 1.88 m; weight: 80 kg; Audi driver since 2001; pole positions in the DTM: 6; DTM races: 83; DTM race victories: 3; DTM titles: 0; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 4th.
Markus Winkelhock (D): * Jun 13, 1980 in Stuttgart (D); residence: Berglen-Steinach (D); single; height: 1.75 m; weight: 65 kg; Audi driver since 2007; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM races: 30; DTM race victories: 0 (best result: 6th place); DTM titles: 0; best result at DTM EuroSpeedway: 13th.
The schedule at the EuroSpeedway
Friday, May 29
17:00 - 17:30 Roll-out
Saturday, May 30
08:45 - 11:15 Free practice
14:35 - 15:22 Qualifying
Ahí está Legge, novena, da igual que haya llovido, que cuatro pilotos de Audi la hayan cagado con los neumáticos, que Schumacher no haya podido correr por problemas de motor, y que Seidlitz no corra tras el accidente de ayer: ha quedado novena y es lo que importa
Pues lo esperado... juntas un campeonato aburrido con un circuito aburrido y tienes una carrera muy aburrida. De hecho en términos de DTM+Lausitz se puede decir que ha estado hasta entretenida, por las pedazo de carreras de Paffet y Spengler y el bajón de rendimiento de los Audi al final de la carrera. Un poco decepcionante di Resta esta vez...
Me ha encantado el mensaje de radio a Spengler a pocas vueltas del final "Why do you push so hard? [...] bring it on home second". Juer, cuando estás recortando segundos a mansalva, ese mensaje debe ser superdesmoralizador.
Pues hala, tras el repaso de Audi de Höckenheim, hoy tocaba repaso de Mercedes-Benz. Me alegro de que no haya favoritos desde el principio del campeonato.
Pues a mi la carrera me gusto, a sido una buena carrera en general, a tenido un poco de todo y ya habia ganas de ver algo interesante tras una primera carrera en Hockenheim que si fue demasiado descafeinada. Eso si, que rabia da ver como a los Audi no se les puede coger un rebufo en condiciones con esos apendices traseros generadores de turbulencias, es frustrante ver como los Mercedes se acercaban en las curvas y luego en las rectas no se podian pegar lo suficiente. Esto ya es como la Formula 1 de hasta el año pasado
Y bueno, grande, GRANDE Paffett! Dios que fino iba! ayer hizo bueno su apodo de Gary 'Perfect'. Una gozada cuando ponian la camara superlenta enseñandonos sus trazadas y tal. Fino fino. Y gran estrategia de Mercedes-HWA. Simplemente un trabajo perfecto.
Spengler muy bien tambien con similar estrategia al final, alargando al maximo el segundo 'stint' tras una primera parada temprana y algo mas lenta que la de sus rivales.
Que pena que di Resta no haya podido pasar a Ekström para devolverles el triplete a los de Audi. Y me cago en los doblados del equipo de Kolles, cuando veian un mercedes no se apartaban ni a tiros los cabrones.
Magnifico tambien Green presionando a Scheider al final con un coche de 2008. Y demostrandoles a Ralf y a Mercedes quien merece ese volante 'pata negra'. ¿Que a hecho hoy el hermanisimo? Luchar con Lauda y Susie Stoddart ¬¬
Mala suerte de Timo Scheider, el vigente campeón, que perdia un tiempo valioso con un problema en una rueda en uno de los repostajes, sin duda la han costado las opciones de podio. Pero tengo que criticar que cuando Green le a presionado en uno de sus intentos, el aleman a "empujado" al muro al britanico obligandole a frenar, eso no me a gustado y me a recordado a la versión marrullera del Scheider que soliamos ver hasta 2007.
El Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters podría regresar muy pronto a China, un país al que ya viajó en 2004 el campeonato organizado por ITR.
El gestor del campeonato, junto a su socio en China, están tratando de llevar por segundo año al gigante asiático toda la infraestructura necesaria para disputar un meeting en Pudong, lugar donde ya se hizo una carrera del DTM en 2004. Pudong es una de las zonas de Shanghai más ricas y ya contaría con algunos sponsors para poder afrontar el coste de toda la operación, la cuál estaría apoyada por Mercedes y Audi que encuentran en este país uno de sus mercados incipientes.
A diferencia de 2004, cuando la carrera fue disputada a mediados de Julio pero no era puntuable para el campeonato, en 2010 se pretende que sí lo sea y para facilitar el desplazamientos de todo el operativo sería a primeros o finales de año, tal y como hace el Campeonato del Mundo de Turismos con sus carreras fuera de Europa.
El circuito sería muy similar al de 2004, donde se impuso por partida doble Gary Paffett con un Mercedes C-Klasse, con alguna ligera modificación.
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Que circuito es ese? En 2004 no corrieron en el de Shangai? Ademas junto a la F3 Euroseries ¿no?
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg – The Audi brand celebrates its 100th birthday in July. What could be more appropriate than recording the 50th victory in the most popular international touring car race series just before the anniversary celebrations – and on top of this at the Norisring in Nuremberg, Audi’s "home race"?
An Audi has won on 49 occasions in the DTM up to now. However, at the Norisring in Nuremberg of all places, which is as good as on Audi Sport’s doorstep, only three victories have been scored to date: Hans-Joachim Stuck took two wins in 1990 and 1991 with the Audi V8 quattro. In the DTM modern era, the only Audi driver to enter victory lane at the Norisring was Frenchman Laurent Aiello – his triumph during the 2002 season is now seven years ago.
After six successive Mercedes wins Audi will do everything in its power on June 28 to finally win the Norisring race again. It would be the first victory for the
Audi A4 DTM on the short 2.3 kilometer track near the Dutzendteich lake, around which especially top speed, traction and good brakes are required. The Audi A4 DTM is, on the other hand, trimmed specifically for aerodynamic efficiency and downforce, which are important factors at the majority of the other DTM race tracks – after all the DTM title is not awarded after the Norisring but is the result of ten races.
Last year only 2.191 seconds separated Audi from victory after 74 laps around the Norisring. The fastest Audi A4 DTM race lap was only 0.060 seconds slower than the fastest lap posted by the Mercedes C-Class.
The Norisring was also taken into account during development of the Audi A4 DTM for the 2009 season. The "R14 plus", as it is called internally, has a superior Cd value and is faster on the straights – two factors which are of particular importance at the Norisring. Furthermore, Audi Sport simulated the peculiarities of the Franconian race track at an airfield before the race.
Timo Scheider comes to Nuremberg as defending champion with start number "1" and as championship leader. In 2008, the Austrian domiciled German was the best Audi driver in third place in front of 140,000 spectators. Close behind at the flag was Mattias Ekström, who has finished in the points five times in succession at the Norisring and has already mounted the podium three times.
The DTM cars take to the track for the first time in the roll-out late on Friday afternoon. In Saturday’s qualifying session the grid positions are determined for the race on Sunday (start at 2:03 p.m.). The ARD broadcasts qualifying and the race live from Nuremberg on "Das Erste".
Quotes before the DTM race at the Norisring
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): "The Norisring is always a very special race for Audi since it is more or less viewed as a home race due to its close proximity to Ingolstadt. We have once again planned to finally bring home a result at the Norisring reflecting its proximity to Ingolstadt. Which means: We really want to win again the race there. Of course we know it won’t be easy. Our car concept is laid out primarily for aerodynamic efficiency and downforce – these are factors which are, like at EuroSpeedway, not of importance at the Norisring. Nevertheless, as in the previous years we have prepared ourselves specifically for the Norisring. I hope that we can score a good result there now."
Timo Scheider (GWlus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM #1): "I’m looking forward to the highlight of the season, even though it is unusually early. It’s about time that Norisring was in the hands of Audi again. It is after all a home race for Audi which, however, was always very difficult for us over the last few years. We were very good last year and were able to put the leading Mercedes under a lot of pressure towards the end of the race. I hope that we can still improve things this year. We’ve improved our top speed, the Cd value is also better, this should help us."
Tom Kristensen (100 Jahre Audi – A4 DTM #2): "I always look forward to the Norisring – particularly as it is also one of the most important and atmospheric races on the DTM calendar. It’s summer, loads of spectators visit, there is plenty of action away from the track and the race itself enjoys great tradition. The track appears to be really easy with its three, four corners. But, it is exactly this that makes it difficult and different from every other race track. It’s Audi’s home circuit around which we haven’t won for a long time. It would be fantastic if I could be the first driver to win there again with an Audi. This has to be the goal. The set-up must be completely different than other race tracks. I hope that my team and I gen get it spot on."
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #5): "We were very competitive at the Norisring last year – the only exception was qualifying. I have the feeling that I still have a score to settle there. I’ll do everything to produce the maximum and hope that it’s enough to be at the very front. I can hardly imagine there being a better atmosphere anywhere than at the Norisring."
Oliver Jarvis (Audi Cup A4 DTM #15): "I want to use the Norisring to forget the EuroSpeedway weekend. I know from last year that it is an amazing event attended by hoards of spectators. The track is tough, I expect a fabulous race."
Markus Winkelhock (Playboy Audi A4 DTM #12): "Things can only get better for me at the Norisring after the bad weekend at the EuroSpeedway. After Hockenheim you could say that it is my second home race. I love the track and the backdrop is fantastic. As far as I’m concerned five of the ten DTM races could be held on street circuits. I just enjoy drifting out towards the walls. It’s always a special weekend at the Norisring. We run with the same weight as the year-old Mercedes’. So, something should spring out of this."
Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM #11): "The Norisring is a highlight because it is the only street race on the calendar. There are always loads of spectators there and the atmosphere is fantastic. Although there are actually only three corners the track is a great challenge. You always brake from the top-speed and drive with relatively little downforce. The circuit is very bumpy in the braking areas, which makes it very difficult and tricky. I hope that I manage to be successful in qualifying this year so that I have a good grid position for the race."
Katherine Legge (Audi Collection A4 DTM #21): "I’m really looking forward to the Norisring because it is Audi’s home race. The atmosphere there is amazing, as are the spectators. It’s a fantastic event which we all look forward to. I’m used to street circuits from the Champ Car Series in the USA. The track in Nuremberg is different but the atmosphere is comparable."
Alexandre Prémat (Audi Bank A4 DTM #14): "I’ve won Formula 3 races at the Norisring and beaten the likes of Hamilton, Kubica and Rosberg in the process, so, the track suits me! I’m 300 per cent motivated because I couldn’t score any points in the first two races this year. It’s about time I did! I’ll do the maximum to score points. I’ve had the speed since the first race, but we’ve just be plagued by bad luck up to now."
Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Cola Audi A4 DTM #6): "The Norisring is of course a highlight. Lots of Audi employees and fans will be there. It is one of the most prestigious and wonderful race for Audi. We have the most support there. Audi is a Bavarian brand, I’m a Bavarian driver. I’m looking forward to it even though my record at Norisring hasn’t been so positive up to now. But maybe it’ll improve on my ninth start in the DTM."
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): "Whoever knows the Norisring knows that it is the Monaco of the DTM. We really rub shoulders with the fans and there are always many visitors. I hope that we can reward the crew from Ingolstadt and the loyal fans from Kempten this year. We weren’t so successful over the last few years."
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix): "Anything is possible at the Norisring. My drivers love the track just the same as I do. We have a very clear target: We want to get one or two cars on the podium. I’m convinced that this is also possible with a year-old car at the Norisring."
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): "The Norisring is Audi’s home race for which have prepared specially. We got a car into the points in the first two races. This has made us hungry for more. I’d like to see both cars in the points at the Norisring – we’ve worked for this."
Facts and figures
The Frenchman Laurent Aiello scored the last win for Audi at the Norisring in an Abt-Audi TT-R on June 30, 2002 ... At 2.3 kilometers in length the Norisring is the second shortest track on the DTM calendar ... In 2002 (Mattias Ekström) and 2005 (Tom Kristensen) an Audi driver started from pole position at the Norisring ... since the DTM comeback in the year 2000 only three Norisring victors have also managed to win the DTM title at the end of the season (2000 Bernd Schneider, 2002 Laurent Aiello, 2005 Gary Paffett).
Markus Winkelhock about the Norisring: "The Norisring appears much easier than it is, even though it only runs once up and down with a chicane in between. The circuit is very demanding for the brakes, especially in the normal high summer temperatures. It is very bumpy, and the car can aquaplane very suddenly when it rains. The tires are not stressed as much as they are at other circuits. You only have to be careful that the wheels don’t spin too much under acceleration. As a racing driver the exit of the chicane is particularly exciting. You drive as close to the wall as possible till the mirror is scratched, but not the car. The smallest mistake puts you in the wall. On one weekend I lost eight mirrors ... It really is huge fun to race at the Norisring – and the atmosphere is unique."
The Audi drivers in the 2009 DTM
Mattias Ekström (S): * 14.07.1978 in Falun (S); domicile: Salenstein (CH); single; height: 1.83 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi driver since 1999; DTM races: 85; pole positions in the DTM: 13; DTM race wins: 13; DTM titles: 2; best result DTM Norisring: 3.
Oliver Jarvis (GB): * 09.01.1984 in Burwell (GB); domicile: Ermatingen (CH); single; height: 1,80 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi driver since 2008; DTM races: 13; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race wins: 0 (best result: 3rd place); DTM titles: 0; best result DTM Norisring: 12.
Tom Kristensen (DK): * 07.07.1967 in Hobro (DK); domicile: Monaco (MC); single (partner Hanne), two sons (Oliver and Oswald), one daughter (Carla Malou); height: 1.74 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi driver since 2000; DTM races: 52; pole positions in the DTM: 7; DTM race wins: 4; DTM titles: 0; best result DTM Norisring: 5.
Katherine Legge (GB): * 12.07.1980 in Guildford (GB); domicile: Ermatingen (CH); single; height: 1.73 m; weight: 60 kg; Audi driver since 2008; DTM races: 13; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race wins: 0 (best result: 12th place); DTM titles: 0; best result DTM Norisring: 15.
Alexandre Prémat (F): * 05.04.1982 in Juvisy-sur-Orge (F); domicile: Ermatingen (CH); single (partner Cleo), one daughter (Zoe); height: 1.82 m; weight: 74 kg; Audi driver since 2007; DTM races: 22; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race wins: 0 (best result: 2nd place); DTM titles: 0; best result DTM Norisring: 8.
Mike Rockenfeller (D): * 31.10.1983 in Neuwied (D); domicile: Altnau (CH); single (partner Susanne); height: 1.75 m; weight: 67 kg; Audi driver since 2007; DTM races: 23; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race wins: 0 (best result: 3rd place); DTM titles: 0; best result DTM Norisring: 13.
Timo Scheider (D): * 10.11.1978 in Lahnstein (D); domicile: Lochau (A); engaged to Jasmin, one son (Loris); height: 1.78 m; weight: 73 kg; Audi driver since 2006; DTM races: 90; pole positions in the DTM: 6; DTM race wins: 3; DTM titles: 1; best result DTM Norisring: 3.
Martin Tomczyk (D): * 07.12.1981 in Rosenheim (D); domicile: Aesch/Basel (CH); single; height: 1.88 m; weight: 80 kg; Audi driver since 2001; DTM races: 84; pole positions in the DTM: 6; DTM race wins: 3; DTM titles: 0; best result DTM Norisring: 5.
Markus Winkelhock (D): * 13.06.1980 in Stuttgart (D); domicile: Berglen-Steinach (D); single; height: 1.75 m; weight: 65 kg; Audi driver since 2007; DTM races: 31; pole positions in the DTM: 0; DTM race wins: 0 (best result: 4th place); DTM titles: 0; best result DTM Norisring: 11.
The schedule at the Norisring
Friday, June 26
16:45 – 17:15 Roll-out
Saturday, June 27
08:15 – 10:45 Free practice
13:35 – 14:22 Qualifying
Norisring: un circuito como ningún otro. un ambiente unico.
Conocido como el Mónaco del DTM, Norisring es el único circuito urbano del calendario. Los aficionados llegan en tropel a la ciudad de Nurenberg, de unos 500.000 habitantes, dentro de la cual esta ubicado el trazado. El ambiente que se vive solo es comparable al del GP de Monaco de Formula 1. El año pasado 140.000 espectadores presenciaron la carrera en vivo.
El circuito urbano de 2,3 Km. localizado en el corazón de Nurenberg no puede ofrecer a los pilotos DTM el más leve momento de respiro, al tiempo que es sumamente exigente con la mecánica. En su participación en la tercera prueba de la temporada DTM 2008, este año coches y pilotos deberán dar 80 vueltas al segundo trazado más corto de la temporada. El único circuito donde los espectadores verán pasar más veces los coches es Brands Hatch (donde este año se daran 93 vueltas).
Luchas al rebufo en las anchas rectas, combinado con fuertes apuradas de frenada mientras se aproximan a la chicane, la curva y la horquilla de 180 grados, han convertido el Norisring en un circuito legendario, tanto para aficionados como para pilotos. Y debido a sus extraordinarias características, es necesaria una preparación especial para cada uno de los equipos.
Por ello tanto Audi como Mercedes-Benz han hecho exhaustivos test en privado. El trabajo fue el habitual de los test: trabajar los frenos, la aerodinámica para mejorar la tracción, así como la manejabilidad sobre un terreno bacheado.
'Casa' de Audi, dominio de Mercedes
Audi llega a la tercera carrera del DTM, este próximo fin de semana, desde Ingolstadt, apenas a 70 km. de distancia, y por tanto esta es su “carrera en casa”. Las gradas estarán llenas de empleados de la marca luciendo gorras rojas, una vista habitual en la carrera de Nurenberg.
Por si fuera poco, este año, en Julio, se cumple el 100th aniversario de la marca. Y que mejor ocasión para ganar en Norisring que esta, en la que además Audi podria lograr su victoria numero 50 en el DTM.
Sin embargo, en un circuito donde no se pueden hacer “test” previos, ninguno de los dos constructores participantes actualmente en el DTM tiene una determinada ventaja. Además Audi está esperando una victoria desde que ganaron en 2002 (Laurent Aïello), ya que desde entonces el dominio de Mercedes-Benz ha sido evidente.
Mercedes-Benz ha ganado ocho de las diez carreras celebradas en Nurenberg desde la instauración del nuevo DTM en 2000. El C-Class ha ganado las seis últimas de forma consecutiva.
Entre los circuitos del calendario DTM, el Norisring es el más exigente con los frenos. Para frenar en la horquilla Grundig, los frenos alcanzan los 800 grados Centígrados, en una deceleración que va de 260 a 45 Km./h., y con los pilotos sufriendo un deceleración de 2G. Para mantener los frenos en buenas condiciones durante 80 vueltas y con altas temperaturas ambientales, son equipados con los mayores conductos de aire posibles.
Debido a la corta longitud del trazado (2,3 km.) los tiempos por vuelta están cercanos como en ninguna otra carrera DTM. Hasta tal punto, que la diferencia entre las vueltas rapidas del primer y ultimo clasificado suele ser inferior a un segundo. En 2008 Bruno Spengler (AMG Mercedes) marcó el record de vuelta rápida en carrera con 48”446 segundos, el piloto canadiense también estableció el record de la 'pole' en 47"785 segundos.
Año 2002, el francés Laurent Aiello con aquel Audi TT Hafferoder amarillo tan peculiar y Bernd Schneider, con su mas habitual Mercedes CLK Vodafone, se juegan la victoria en Norisring en las últimas vueltas. Un duelo mitico y espectacular, con multiples pasadas entre ellos. Inolvidable.
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg – On Sunday, Audi will start to the season highlight at the Norisring with two cars in front: In a dramatic qualifying, title defender and leader of the standings Timo Scheider took the pole position in front of his teammate Mattias Ekström. This means that at Audi’s "home race" at the Norisring two Audi A4 DTM cars will be starting from the front row for the first time ever.
Ekström and Scheider, the DTM Champions in 2004, 2007 and 2008, did the best job of handling the track conditions on the 2.3-kilometer city street circuit that kept changing after a thunder shower. In the crucial "shoot-out" of the quickest four, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline opted for used slicks and hit the bull’s eye. On the track that was not completely dry yet, Scheider and Ekström, managed keeping the two Mercedes drivers Bruno Spengler and Gary Paffett at bay.
"We thought slicks that had been used for several laps might be slightly better in these conditions than new tires and that decision turned out to be the right one," said a pleased Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "After that, our guys simply drove two perfect laps. That’s a good starting base to finally clinch an Audi victory again at the Norisring tomorrow."
For Audi, this is the first pole position at the Norisring since 2005 (Tom Kristensen) and the fifth in a row in the DTM. Timo Scheider will start to a DTM race from the top grid position for the first time since the race at Brands Hatch in August 2008.
"Today, it was easy to make the wrong decisions but we made the right ones," said Scheider. "It’s fantastic taking the pole position for Audi here at the Norisring of all venues. I want to thank my race engineer Armin Plietsch for giving me exactly the right setup for these changing conditions."
Katherine Legge, as well, showed an impressive performance: With grid position five, the Briton, who is familiar with city street races from her days in the Champ Car Series in the United States, managed the best qualifying result achieved by a woman in the history of the new DTM. In addition, she posted the fastest time in a year-old car.
For Tom Kristensen (9th), Mike Rockenfeller (12th), Martin Tomczyk (13th) and Alexandre Prémat (14th) on the other hand the qualifying was over as early as after the second of the four sessions. Oliver Jarvis (17th) was out after the first section.
Markus Winkelhock whose A4 was heavily damaged in a bizarre incident in free practice on Saturday morning was not able to participate in qualifying at all. At full speed, Winkelhock hit a manhole cover that had come loose on the start-finish straight. After the incident, practice had to be stopped for two hours before the track was opened again. Audi Sport Team Rosberg is doing everything within their means to repair the car in time for warm-up on Sunday morning.
The third race of the DTM season will start at 2:03 pm on Sunday. ARD will broadcast live from Nuremberg on "Das Erste" starting at 1:45 pm (local time). Audi has won three DTM races at the Norisring so far: In 1990, 1991 and 2002.
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