In a gripping finale Audi Sport Team Phoenix secured victory in the team classification. 122,000 spectators experienced an extremely thrilling race that was held on a rain-drenched track and marked by duels, overtaking manoeuvres and incidents of body contact. The best Audi driver was Mattias Ekström, who battled his way forward to fourth place after having started from position eight on the grid. The two-time Champion was even on course for a podium or victory but was turned around by a rival. “That was perfect advertising for the DTM in front of a great turnout", said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi. “The drivers’ and the team titles – that’s a respectable result.”
|Lap record (race)||Paul Di Resta, Mercedes Benz (2008, 1m 33.576s, 175.968 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Bruno Spengler, BMW (1m 33.443s)|
|Winner 2013||Timo Glock, BMW|
|Fastest lap 2013||Christian Vietoris, Mercedes Benz (1m 46.908s, 154.024 km/h)|
A thrilling season finale of the DTM is awaiting the fans at Hockenheim. Miguel Molina will be starting the last race of the year as the best Audi driver. After his team-mate Mike Rockenfeller, who qualified for position nine, has been determined as the new Champion since the last round at Zandvoort, Audi is still battling for the titles in the team and manufacturers’ classification at Hockenheim. “Today I squeezed the maximum out of the car, tomorrow we’re going to show the many Audi fans a great recovery,” announces Molina.
The drivers’ title is in Mike Rockenfeller’s safe hands since the ninth race of the season at Zandvoort. Audi now targets the triple at the DTM season finale at Hockenheim. The foundation for this could be worse: in the manufacturer’s standings, Audi leads by eight points, and in the team classification, Audi Sport Team Phoenix tops the table by three points. Audi last managed to win all three titles in one year when the brand made its DTM comeback as factory in 2004. “We travel highly motivated to Hockenheim. We have put ourselves in a good position in the previous races to ensure we are in with a shout for the remaining titles,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi.
Since the track was modified ten years ago it has become more varied with its different types of corners and considerably more challenging for the drivers. This can be seen from the lap times. “Earlier we measured the gaps in half-seconds. Today we have reduced these to tenths of seconds. With the new car generation we will probably have to look in the hundredths of a second area for differences,” prophesizes the two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström.