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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 27/2014
Posted by: newsla on Aug 03, 2014 - 05:32 PM
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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 27/2014

After the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring, Mattias Ekström remains the best-placed Audi driver in the overall standings. At Spielberg, the Swede was visited by aerobatics star Hannes Arch and fought a buggy duel against his team-mate Edoardo Mortara. At Mid-Ohio, Team Hawk Performance with the Audi R8 LMS ultra achieved two podium results in the Pirelli World Challenge. In Copenhagen, Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen was one of the protagonists in the Historic Grand Prix.


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Air Race Champion meets DTM Champion

The two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström was visited by Austrian stunt flyer Hannes Arch during the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring. The 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Champion got into the seat of the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM and received a quick course on the DTM by the Audi driver. At the end of October, the Red Bull Ring will be hosting the finale of the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship which Arch is leading at the moment.

Audi DTM drivers in buggy duel

With a duel on the off-road bike track of the Red Bull Ring the two Audi drivers Mattias Ekström and Edoardo Mortara got in the mood for the DTM race at Spielberg, Austria. In the ‘Audi Drivers Challenge,’ the two currently best-placed Audi drivers in the DTM competed against each other in two 90-hp off-road buggies. The result after two heats: a 1-1 tie. “If Mattias had really taken his gloves off, I suppose he’d have been unbeatable,” said Edoardo Mortara. “He’s successful in rallycross, too, and the perfect teacher on such a track.” Although he is used to a lot more engine power from his Audi S1 EKS RX and the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM the Swede had a lot of fun at the wheel of the 90-hp buggy as well. “You could hardly wish for a better toy,” said the two-time DTM Champion. “I love it when a car – or a buggy – drifts. That was a great way to get in the mood for the DTM weekend at the Red Bull Ring.”

Emanuele Pirro driver steward at DTM event

The five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro supported the stewards of the DTM meeting at the Red Bull Ring as ‘driver steward.’ The long-standing Audi factory driver last competed in the DTM in 2004 and won a DTM race at the Nürburgring in 1990.

DTM drivers form driver association

The newly formed DTM Driver Association (DTMDA) started operating on the occasion of the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring. The association of DTM drivers aims to further improve the cooperation between the drivers, the series organizer ITR and the German Motorsport Assoication (DMSB). Ex-DTM driver Manuel Reuter serves as the DTMDA’s spokesman. The views of the Audi drivers within the DTMDA are represented by the two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider.

Miguel Molina contests 24-hour slot car race

On November 23/24, Audi factory driver Miguel Molina will be contesting the Hamburg 24 Hours, an endurance race for slot cars, with an Audi R8 LMS ultra for the first time. The Spanish DTM driver will strengthen the team around the five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela. Markus Winkelhock, Jürgen Jungklaus, Mike Rockenfeller’s race engineer in the DTM, and Ralf Jüttner, team director of Audi Sport Team Joest, are planning to compete in Hamburg as well.

Two podiums at Mid-Ohio

Success in rain and sunshine: On the seventh race weekend of the Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio, Mike Skeen in the Audi R8 LMS ultra of Team Hawk Performance took third place in the first race after starting from the pole position. The American achieved the largest number of leading laps but lost his lead on changing to rain tires just shortly before the race was stopped. Due to the difficult weather conditions the race was shortened from 50 to 35 minutes. In the second heat on Sunday, Skeen clinched second place in beautiful summer weather.

Audi factory drivers in Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix

The Audi factory drivers Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and their former team-mate Marco Werner competed in the 14th Historic Grand Prix held in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Like last year, the Le Mans record winner Kristensen shared a car with His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark on the 2.6-kilometer city street circuit in the Bellahøj district. The duo won with a razor-thin advantage ahead of Lucas di Grassi. During the supporting program, Tom Kristensen drove an Audi R8 V10 for taxi rides. The proceeds went to a charity project for sick children.

A word from … Timo Scheider

How big is the relief you feel after taking fifth place at Spielberg?
Obviously, it’s nice to be the best Audi driver and to advance so far to the front from grid position 14. But as a team, we’re not really happy with this result. Our aim – as well as my personal one – is to clinch victories. And that’s what we’re going to battle for again as quickly as possible.

How do you maintain your motivation following a string of setbacks?
I’ve been in motorsport and the DTM long enough to know that setbacks are always followed by upwards trends again. And looking at how hard my guys are working for our success and making a lot of sacrifices then it goes without saying that, even after difficult weekends, I’m traveling to the next race again with 100 percent motivation.

Last weekend, you contested and won a 24-hour bicycle race. Apparently, this was a good way of preparing?
In any event, it was a great change of pace and a thrilling experience. The weekend with the guys was great fun – of course winning made it even greater. I reel off a lot of kilometers training on my bicycle between races, so that’s a real challenge. And I suppose that now I’m the only person to have won a 24-hour race on the Nordschleife in a car and on a bicycle.

In two weeks from now, you’ll be traveling to your home round at the Nürburgring. What are your expectations?
My great wish would be for our streak of misfortune to be over and for us to continue exactly where we left off at Spielberg. The home round is very special because many friends and acquaintances will be on location to keep their fingers crossed. In addition, this is the home race of my Audi Sport Team Phoenix and my team-mate. So there are many reasons to up the ante.

Coming up next week

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10/08 Road America (USA), round 8, Tudor United SportsCar Championship
10/08 Fuji (J), round 5, Super GT

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