Met een drievoudige overwinning tijdens de laatste race van het seizoen op Hockenheim slaagde het merk met de vier ringen erin om de titel in het merkenkampioenschap van de prestigieuze Duitse toerwagenserie veilig te stellen. In totaal trok het DTM-evenement op Hockenheim gedurende het weekeinde 155.000 bezoekers. Continue reading
Tijdens de tweede editie van het DTM-show-evenement in het Olympisch Stadion van München heeft Audi-coureur Mattias Ekström de individuele wedstrijd op zijn naam geschreven. Speciaal voor het evenement was een 614 meter lang parcours in het stadion aangelegd, waarop de DTM-coureurs twee dagen lang tegen elkaar in actie kwamen. Op zaterdag werd er gestreden voor de winst in het merkenklassement, waarbij Audi met coureurs Adrien Tambay en Timo Scheider als tweede eindigde.
Temperature track: 19.0 °C
Temperature air: 18.6 °C
Yesterday, it was still hot, but today, the young drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series had to cope with heavy rain in the twelfth season round. At the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) came out on top, winning from his team-mate Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam). Guest driver Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport) ended up third in the race, which also counted towards the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, followed by the best-placed rookie Emil Bernstorff (ma-con Motorsport). Daniel Juncadella remains in the lead of the Formula 3 Euro Series drivers’ standings.
Due to the heavy rain, the first laps were completed behind the safety car before the race got underway on lap eight. In the first corner after the start, Raffaele Marciello took the lead. Second-placed Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) was turned around by William Buller (Carlin). The Brit soon was given a drive-through penalty as a result and significantly dropped back. His rival retired in the pits with suspension damage. On lap 14, the clerk of the course sent the safety car out again. Because the rain didn’t get less, the race was stopped for good on lap 22. As less than 75 percent of the planned race distance of 48 laps had been completed, only half of the regular amount of points were allocated.
Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “My car was good, which was clearly demonstrated by the fact that Daniel and I were doing really well. Unfortunately, we only had very few laps in normal racing conditions.”
Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I was very optimistic going into this race, because I was the only driver in the top 20 who already had done a rain race at Norisring. Then, I had hopes of attacking Raffaele at the re-start, but after that, the race was stopped, which was the right decision in these conditions.”
Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport): “Driving in these conditions was very difficult. According to me, stopping the race was the right call. I am happy to be on the podium again in this strong field and in front of so many spectators.”
René Rast remains in formidable form at the halfway mark of the Carrera Cup Deutschland. Driving for the Team Deutsche Post by tolimit squad the German won both the race on Saturday and Sunday’s 80 kilometre event on the Norisring in Nuremberg. Heading off on a wet and extremely slippery track after heavy rainfall with very little grip, Rast put in an inspired performance over the 34 race laps. At the flag of the ninth meeting this season, he held an impressive 17.8 second advantage over the second placed Frenchman Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing) – an incredible gap in Germany’s one-make series that is run with identical, 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup race cars.
Behind Rast, the race for the other podium spots was even more suspenseful. For a while it seemed that Jaap van Lagen had third place safely under his belt, until in the closing phase Norbert Siedler clocked much better lap times. In the last hairpin of the last lap, the Konrad Motorsport pilot from Austria pulled alongside the Dutchman from FE Racing by Land-Motorsport. The fight between the two was literally decided at the finish line: There, Norbert Siedler, who had finished second in Saturday’s race, saw the flag by a nose in front of Van Lagen’s 911 – and clinched third place by a mere 0.013 seconds.
Yesterday fourth, today fifth: Switzerland’s Philipp Frommenwiler driving for Attempto Racing also underlined his good form on the tricky, 2.3 kilometre Nuremberg city circuit. As the best rookie in the Carrera Cup last year, the 22-year-old is again giving consistently good performances in his second season. After nine of 17 races, Frommenwiler is currently ranking ninth on the points’ table.
The unlucky loser of the race is Sean Edwards. Taking up the sprint from second on the grid, last year’s vice-champion was able to move into the lead at the first corner ahead of Rast, his teammate from Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, but quickly lost it again. The Briton, who finished Saturday’s race in third place, fought valiantly but was hampered with engine problems. Sixth place in the race and second overall are really just damage control for the title favourite.
David Jahn (Attempto Racing), however, was pleased with his seventh placing after becoming the innocent victim of an accident in yesterday’s meeting. Trailing the German after an eventful race was Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler in eighth. Competing for the Team Deutsche Post by tolimit squad, the Austrian set a sensational fourth in qualifying as a Norisring newcomer. When the race took off on the slippery circuit, the 20-year-old, who had secured an excellent third from his home race in Spielberg recently, took things cautiously. Because of this he initially lost two positions, which he managed to recapture. But in the ninth lap a spin forced Bachler to let a rival past. Eighth at the flag gives the junior valuable points in his year of learning.
Ninth place went to Felipe Fernandez Laser. With this, the German handed his Franconia team, Farnbacher ESET Racing, a top ten placing at their home race. Porsche-Junior Michael Christensen scored the tenth spot. The Dane driving for Konrad Motorsport, who celebrated a podium result at the Lausitzring, took up the sprint from 13th. After a failed braking manoeuvre in yesterday’s race that resulted in a crash in the first corner, the stewards of the meeting relegated him down the starting grid by five positions.
This evening at 18.00 hours, TV station Sport1 broadcasts all of Sunday’s race. Tomorrow, 2 July, the news station N24 televises the 30 minute “Porsche Carrera Cup Magazin” from 18.30 hours. Sport1 airs the Carrera Cup highlights on Saturday, 7 July, from 16.30 to 17.00 hours.
René Rast (winner): “That was a perfect race and a perfect weekend. But the track conditions today were really tough. I spun during the formation lap and had a bad start. Now I’m very happy to travel to the Nürburgring as points’ leader.”
Kévin Estre (second): “The fight early on with René and Sean was great, afterwards René pulled away. I quickly realised that I couldn’t keep up so I focused on bringing second place home safely. We still have a lot of races left on the calendar and I’m positive that we can still be strong. It’s a great feeling to be part of the championship fight.”
Norbert Siedler (third): “I got away well, but afterwards it was quite a job to stay on the track. My car had been set-up to be faster towards the end of the race and I could catch Jaap. In the last lap he ran wide in the Dutzendteichkehre, I snuck through on the inside and that’s how we both headed for the finish line side by side. I managed to take the flag just before him and third place keeps me in the race for the title.”
Klaus Bachler (Porsche-Junior, eighth): “At the start I was perhaps a little too cautious, but it was my first time here and the track was wet. Then the situation improved and I thought I could catch Jaap. But I lost the rear when I braked for the Schöller-S, the rear wheel hit a damp patch and I spun. When you’re fourth in qualifying, you can’t really be satisfied with eighth in the race.”
Michael Christensen (Porsche-Junior, tenth): “I started the race with relatively low air pressure and didn’t get the tyres up to the optimal temperature. The track conditions today were very difficult. When the tyres then began to get better, things were basically already settled. So I didn’t really have a chance to get ahead.”
Result race 9
1. René Rast (D), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 32:10.158 minutes
2. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 17.820 seconds
3. Norbert Siedler (A), Konrad Motorsport, + 30.973
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 30.986
5. Philipp Frommenwiler (CH), Attempto Racing, + 43.026
6. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 44.049
7. David Jahn (D), Attempto Racing, + 45.173
8. Klaus Bachler (A), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 46.300
9. Felipe Fernandez Laser (D), Farnbacher ESET Racing, + 48.809
10. Michael Christensen (DK), Konrad Motorsport, + 1 lap
1. Hoevert Vos (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, 32:10.617 minutes
2. Harrie Kolen (NL), Land-Motorsport, + 26.079 seconds
3. Wolf Nathan (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 32.967
Points’ standings after 9 of 17 races
1. René Rast (D), 136 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 125
3. Kévin Estre (F), 124
4. Norbert Siedler (A), 109
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 89
1. ‘Bill Barazetti’ (D), 146 points
2. Harrie Kolen (NL), 142
3. Wolf Nathan (NL), 140
1. Kévin Estre (F), 124 points
2. Michael Christensen (DK), 79
3. Philipp Eng (A), 44
4. Klaus Bachler (A), 43
1. Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 265 points
2. Hermes Attempto Racing, 208
3. Konrad Motorsport, 187
Preview for races 10 and 11 on the Nürburgring
With races 10 and 11 on the Nürburgring on 17 to 19 August after the summer break, the Carrera Cup Deutschland is almost on the season’s finish straight. Afterwards, only Zandvoort, Oschersleben and the final in Hockenheim are on the calendar. After three wins so far this season, René Rast holds a clear lead, with an eleven point advantage over Sean Edwards and twelve points ahead of Kévin Estre. The Briton has mixed feelings about the Eifel circuit: Last year Edwards was leading only to have tyre damage rob him of victory in the final lap. His adversary Nick Tandy profitted, inherited the points’ lead and ultimately won the prestigious title. At the event in August, competitors race on the so-called short version which is just 3.629 kilometres long.
Spectacular opening for the second half of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup season at the Norisring: Leader of the standings Ola Nilsson celebrated a lights-to-flag victory in a turbulent race at the season’s pinnacle on the city street circuit in Nuremberg. In the end, the Swede, who had started from pole, had a 0.474-second advantage over Adam Gladysz. In the Legends classification, the 1993 DTM Champion, Nicola Larini, maintained the upper hand in front of ex-Formula One racer Pedro Lamy (16th place) and football star Karl-Heinz Riedle (20th). RTL expert Christian Danner retired after touching a wall while running on position six.
At the sixth of the total of ten rounds of the Volkswagen one-make cup’s season, Larini lost a position at the start and had to let Adam Gladysz, who made a lightning start, pass. Together with Nilsson, the top trio then fought a captivating battle in extreme track temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius. Behind them the vanguard chasing the top entertained the crowd in the full stands of the Norisring with numerous overtaking manoeuvres – not least thanks to the innovative push-to-pass technology that makes 50 additional HP available to the racers several times per event at the push of a button.
A strong performance was delivered by Volkswagen Rally Junior Kevin Abbring who despite a botched start achieved a strong fourth-place finish in the end. Less fortunate was the race of ex-Formula One driver and 1995 Norisring winner Christian Danner who retired after contact with the wall on lap ten. As a result, the safety car was deployed for a few laps so that the marshals could collect the debris on the track.
After Ola Nilsson managed to defend his lead at the re-start, the race was stopped early on lap 18 after another accident. Jonas Giesler was the winner of the Junior classification in front of Kasper Jensen and Jakub Litwin.
Dr Ulrich Hackenberg
Member of the Volkswagen Management Board for Development: “That was a turbulent race of the kind you often experience at the Norisring. The barrier walls on the city street circuit don’t forgive any mistakes – not even by a former Formula One racer like Christian Danner. I think we delivered an entertaining Scirocco R-Cup race to the crowd in brilliant weather. The engines and brakes impressively proved their reliability in these extreme temperatures.”
#23 Ola Nilsson
Qualifying: 1 – race 1: “This was a hard-fought victory because Adam Gladysz put quite a bit of pressure on me over the whole race distance. I couldn’t afford to make the slightest mistake. Especially after the safety car re-start it was important to keep him at bay. Despite my five victories the season is still long. I’m going to continue to try and win races or mount the podium. A big compliment to the Abt squad who perfectly set up the cars for these extreme temperatures. Particularly the performance of the brakes enormously impressed me.”
#46 Nicola Larini
Qualifying: 2 – race 3: “My second race and my second victory in the Legends classification – you can’t expect more than that. And of course I’m absolutely happy with third place in the overall classification. When the lights went off I had no chance against Adam Gladysz, who delivered a phenomenal start. I tried to keep the gap from getting too large and saved my push-to-pass trials for the final laps. When the race was stopped four laps before the end I still had three push-to-pass uses, and the front runners had used up all of theirs. Who knows, maybe an even higher place would have been possible in the end…”
#44 Christian Danner
Qualifying: 8 – retirement in the race: “The race was huge fun for me and the fact that I retired after kissing the wall only lets me draw one conclusion: I think I’m going to run again. In any event, my desire for racing has been rekindled. The Cup Scirocco is agile, has a superb suspension and fantastic handling. I was also quite pleased with my race up until I retired. After all, I made up two places shortly after the start. The bio natural gas concept was a very positive surprise to me. The car is neither heavy nor are there any safety concerns due to the tank. The Scirocco R-Cup proves that motorsport can work superbly with an eco-friendly drive system.”
#49 Kevin Abbring
Qualifying: 4 – race 4: “Starting together with several other cars is exciting. Rally drivers normally don’t have this experience. I think my first circuit race couldn’t have gone much better. Fourth place is a great result. Naturally, I’d have liked to manage the leap onto the podium but Nicola Larini was a tiny bit faster. Before the race I’d firmly decided not to jeopardize the championship of any of the permanent drivers by making thoughtless attacks. But then I was a bit too much of a good guy at the start and lost at least four places.”
#45 Pedro Lamy
Qualifying: 7 – race 16: “My start was really poor. From the outside it looked as though I’d caught the reverse gear. While trying to recover I unfortunately hit Dennis Trebing’s car in the hairpin. I thought he’d be leaving some room for me – unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for both of us. But I assume responsibility for the accident. I very much enjoyed the weekend nonetheless and will definitely do better next time.”
#47 Karl-Heinz Riedle
Qualifying: 26 – race 20: “I’m pretty bushed. The cockpit temperatures were at least 50 degrees centigrade. That reminded me of the 1994 World Championship when we played at more than 40 degrees centigrade against South Korea in Dallas. My respect for racers has certainly risen quite a bit more. Overall, the weekend has been very enjoyable for me. I also would never have expected me to be on the Legends podium in third place here.”
Summerly temperatures of around 35 degrees turned qualifying for the fifth DTM season round at the Norisring to a hot battle. Points’ leader Gary Paffett remained the coolest with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. The Brit completed his lap of the 2.3 kilometres long street circuit in Nuremberg in 49.139 seconds and will be starting from first place on the grid into Sunday’s race. The qualifying winner said about the 111th pole position for Mercedes-Benz: “That was close. I am totally happy, a perfect day. Tomorrow, I want my third victory of the season. Driving safely is not an option, I will give everything to win.” For Paffett, it is the tenth pole of his career and the second of this year.
Paffett’s fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green completed the clean sweep of the front row for Mercedes-Benz by qualifying second fastest on Saturday afternoon. The Brit was only 0.032 seconds down. Brazilian BMW driver Augusto Farfus celebrated his third place like victory in qualifying: “For me, third place on the grid feel like being on pole. I am overjoyed. The performance of the car was just great. Even for me, as a Brazilian, it was too hot in the car today.”
Two times’ DTM champion Mattias Ekström was the best-placed Audi driver on Saturday. With his Audi A5 Coupé, the Swede ended up fourth in qualifying. “Of course, going into Q4 as the fastest driver, being only fourth on the grid at the end is very disappointing. But I am still on the second row of the grid and from there, anything can happen”, said Ekström.
Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes-Benz), who is celebrating his 37th birthday today, didn’t get any presents in qualifying. He was just 57 thousandths of a second short of making it into the fourth and final heat of the shoot-out qualifying. The German will be starting fifth.
Reigning DTM champion Martin Tomczyk from Rosenheim will be lining up alongside Schumacher in sixth place with his BMW M3 DTM. His Canadian fellow BMW driver Bruno Spengler was seventh. German Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz), Brit Andy Priaulx (BMW) and Italian Edoardo Mortara (Audi), who celebrated his maiden pole and his first race win in the most popular international touring car series in the fourth DTM round at Spielberg, round out the top ten.
The two Audi drivers Miguel Molina from Spain and two times’ DTM champion had a setback. Classified 20th and 21st respectively, qualifying was over for them after the first heat already. The fifth round of the season, covering 83 laps and 190.9 kilometres, will start on Sunday at 13.30 h (CET). ARD will be broadcasting live from 13.15 h already.