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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 24/2014
Posted by: newsla on Jul 14, 2014 - 06:18 AM
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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 24/2014

Grand appearance for the DTM in Moscow: While the Audi factory drivers were showing thrilling motorsport at Moscow Raceway and, with Mattias Ekström’s third place, defended the lead in the manufacturers’ standings, the Russian sports car star Roman Rusinov in the Audi RS 5 DTM did demo laps at the Kremlin in downtown Moscow in front of 300,000 enthusiastic spectators.


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Great stage for the Audi RS 5 DTM

Double commitment for Roman Rusinov: The Russian sports car star drove the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM race taxi on the occasion of the DTM race at Moscow Raceway. On Saturday, Rusinov took the RS 5 DTM on an excursion to the ‘Moscow City Racing’ event held in downtown Moscow about 80 kilometers away from the venue, doing show laps at the Kremlin in front of some 300,000 spectators. “The turnout was incredible,” reported Rusinov.

Mortara and Tambay in jet ski duel

Before the DTM race at Moscow Raceway, the two Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara and Adrien Tambay battled each other in a jet ski duel. Victory in the ‘Audi Drivers Challenge’ went to Mortara.

Timo Scheider in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC

A special experience for Timo Scheider: During tests for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the two-time DTM Champion had the opportunity to sit in the passenger’s seat of World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier’s Volkswagen Polo R WRC to accompany the Frenchman’s tests. “This was truly impressive,” related the Audi factory driver. “But honestly speaking: I feel more comfortable behind the wheel of my Audi RS 5 DTM than in the passenger’s seat of a rally car…”

Mies and Lee win in GT Asia

Successful guest run for the German Christopher Mies on the third race weekend of GT Asia at Fuji (Japan): Together with his team-mate Jeffrey Lee, Mies in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team Absolute Racing took victory in a wet second heat after starting from position eight. In the first session on Saturday, Lee and Mies, in fourth place, barely missed a podium finish. Jacky Yeung and Keng Fai Vong achieved success as well. The duo from Hong Kong and Macau in an Audi R8 LMS of the Tiger Racing team clinched third place in the GTM class in the first race.

Second victory of the season for Schöffler and Mapelli in Italy

On the third race weekend of the Italian GT Championship, the German Thomas Schöffler and his Italian team-mate Marco Mapelli celebrated their second victory of the season in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team Audi Sport Italia in Saturday’s race. In the second session on Sunday, they took fourth place, posted the fastest race lap and scored important additional points. After six of the season’s 14 races, Schöffler and Mapelli are leading the Championship with a nine-point advantage.

Audi event day thrills motorsport fans

Motorsport fans attending the Audi event day at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm got their money’s worth, as race driver Rahel Frey in the Audi R8 LMS simulator was pitted against the visitors in a virtual race and subsequently wrote a large number of autographs. Pit stops with an Audi race taxi conveyed genuine racing flair. In addition, 220 classic cars of the ‘Oldtimer Rallye Heidelberg Historic’ stopped at the Piazza.

Benoît Tréluyer quick on two wheels too

Audi driver Benoît Tréluyer used the summer break of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for an unusual time chase. This year’s winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours participated in the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes mountain bike event where he immediately impressed with his skills on two wheels. Tréluyer made it into the final eight where he was defeated by the French mountain bike pro Tomas Lemoine, who ultimately finished in third place overall.

A word from … Mattias Ekström

Would you have expected to clinch your first victory in the World Rallycross Championship so soon?
We invested a huge amount of work in this project over the past months and eliminated a lot of doubts that way. On winning our home round, we rewarded ourselves – but that’s just the first step. It was a great reward for the whole squad and the best motivation for the future.

This success seems to spur you in the DTM as well. At Moscow, you mounted the podium for the third time this year – more than any other driver.
The points we scored are more important than these statistics. We’re in striking distance of the leader of the standings at the season’s midpoint – that’s what counts. Obviously, I’m happy about any trophy but it’s time now for the Swedish national anthem to finally be played again on Sunday.

You’re increasingly developing into a ‘recovery hunter’ in the DTM. What’s your success formula for regularly advancing from midfield to the very front?
Hard work. We spend a lot of time with our engineers to find the optimum set-up for our Audi RS 5 DTM from all the data and to craft a perfect strategy from it. That’s great fun – especially if it results in success on race day. Still, we’re going to continue to leave no stone unturned to start the races farther at the front. Victory continues to be the aim.

What do you expect of the second half of the season?
A thrilling battle at the top of the standings. Now a few tracks are coming up that suit me well. Above all, obviously, the Red Bull Ring, which should even be a good track for me due to its name. I’ve won races before at the Nürburgring and at Lausitz as well. The plan is to take a bit of a breather during the short summer break and to subsequently go for all-out attack.

Coming up next week

14/07 Mattias Ekström’s 36th birthday
20/07 Toronto (CDN), round 6, Pirelli World Challenge
20/07 Sugo (J), round 4, Super GT
20/07 Spa (B), round 4, Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy
20/07 Sandown (AUS), round 3, Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships
20/07 Silverstone (GB), round 5, GT Open

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