On his 35th birthday, Mattias Ekström in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM celebrated victory at the Norisring. For Audi, this was the first success at the DTM home round since Laurent Aiello’s triumph in 2002. In the early phase, Ekström overtook title defender Bruno Spengler (BMW) and the fastest driver in qualifying, Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz), and like his brand colleague Edoardo Mortara switched to the fast option tyres on lap 13. Running on these tyres, the two Audi drivers managed to put a large gap between themselves and the pack chasing them. On lap 64, Ekström took the lead and shortly before the finish had an advantage that was large enough for him to stay in front after the second pit stop and to cross the finish line as the cheered winner. Mike Rockenfeller occupied fifth place and took the sole lead of the standings.
After the race DMSB announded exclusion of Mattias Ekström for an alleged violation of parc fermé rules. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline announded appeal of DMSB decision.
On July 30, the DMSB upheld the exclusion from the classification and decided that no other driver would move up in the classification. Thus, there is no winner and Mercedes driver Robert Wickens as the runner-up is the best-placed driver of the Norisring race.
|Circuit length||2.300 km|
|Lap record (race)||Bruno Spengler, Mercedes-Benz (2008, 48.446s, 170.912 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Robert Wickens, Mercedes-Benz (48.384s, 171.1 km/h)|
|Winner 2013||No winner due to Mattias Ekströms exclusion|
|Fastest race lap 2013||Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-Benz (48.572s, 170.469 km/h)|
Summer in the city: The battle for the best grid positions for the DTM races at the Norisring was as hot as the weather in Nuremberg. Edoardo Mortara missed the pole position in qualifying at the Norisring by an extremely narrow margin of just 106 thousandths of a second. The Frecnh-Italian from Audi Sport Team Rosberg in his Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM will be starting the DTM’s only city street race as the best Audi driver from the second row. Mortara, who is particularly fond of city street circuits, battled his way forward into the crucial fourth qualifying segment and secured fourth place. “It was a good qualifying session for us", he reported. “Achieving a better result would have been difficult today.” The second-best Audi driver was the Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque, who secured position eight on the grid.
The summer break is over, the batteries are recharged and Audi is ready for the grand DTM spectacle at the Norisring. Since Laurent Aiello’s victory in 2002 the brand based in Ingolstadt has been waiting to clinch another triumph here, just 75 kilometers away from its headquarters. Will Jamie Green prevail under the symbol of the four rings? The Briton won in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, so he’s bearing the nickname ‘Mister Norisring’ with pride. But even though I’ve won there four times that’s no guarantee for anything – especially not in the DTM. Before and on the weekend, I’ll be working just as hard as always, prepare myself and set up the car.”
In corners two and three the cars race so closely past the historic walls of the former NS Party rally grounds that the right-hand mirror goes flying more than once. “It has to be like this as we need to use every millimeter of the track", swears Audi driver Filipe Albuquerque. Although the track in Nuremberg is extremely short, the bumpy street surface, which changes frequently between tarmac and concrete, gives the drivers and teams a unique challenge during set-up work with their cars.