“That was a race of the kind you always wish for as a race driver,” enthused the driver from Audi Sport Team Phoenix after his commanding victory on the short, 1.929-kilometer race track on the outskirts of London. “After winning the start, I was able to control the race." After 98 laps, ‘Rocky’ in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM had an advantage of 7.641 seconds – victories in the DTM are rarely as commanding as this one. The Audi driver only had to briefly give up the lead during the two mandatory pit stops.
|Circuit length||1.929 km|
|Lap record (race)||Miguel Molina, Audi (2010, 41.896s, 165.753 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Martin Tomczyk, BMW (41.158s)|
|Winner 2013||Mike Rockenfeller, Audi|
|Fastest race lap 2013||Gary Paffett, Mercedes-Benz (42.124s, 164,856 km/h)|
‘Rocky’ will start the British DTM round as the best Audi driver for the third time in succession after already having clinched position one on the grid at Brands Hatch in 2011 and starting from the second row last year. "Of course I prefer beating my rivals on track but it’s nice to start from the pole position", said the driver of Audi Sport Team Phoenix. In total, four Audi RS 5 DTM cars will be on the first five rows of the grid on Sunday.
"Off to the island!" This is the motto for Audi this weekend. The second round of the DTM season is coming up at Brands Hatch. The Audi drivers are aiming to do better than they last did at Hockenheim, where the team was beaten below its potential. The chances aren’t bad, as three of the seven DTM races held at Brands Hatch so far saw an Audi winner. And the fastest race lap was posted by an Audi racer as well: Miguel Molina’s 41.896 seconds in 2010 set a lap record. This weekend, the Spaniard will be advertising the 2013 Audi Cup on his car.
On the shortest race track on the DTM calendar the drivers have to complete 98 laps on race Sunday. This may sound monotonous but it extracts the maximum from the drivers. The DTM aces cannot afford to make a mistake since there are hardly any run off areas on the tight and, in part, extremely bumpy circuit. Not the only problem in England as Mattias Ekström explains: "The organizers have made some modifications over the years so that we’ve often had a few small surprises in first practice."