Audi clinched a real dream result at round eight of the DTM. At Oschersleben, all eight Audi RS 5 DTM cars finished in the points – an unprecedented result. On the podium, leader of the standings Mike Rockenfeller and new signing Jamie Green celebrated second and third place, respectively. Rockenfeller is thus entering the two remaining races as a high favorite for the title. With 50 points yet to be awarded, the German has a 33-point advantage over his only immediate rival. “That was the solid team performance we’d been wishing for,” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “We’re going to continue to work with concentration in order to clinch the title.”
|Circuit length||3.696 km|
|Lap record (race)||Joey Hand, BMW (2013, 1m 21.255s, 163.751 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Jamie Green, Audi (1m 20.263s)|
|Winner 2013||Augusto Farfus, BMW|
|Fastest race lap 2013||Joey Hand, BMW (1m 21.255s, 163.751 km/h)|
New signing Jamie Green clinched the best qualifying result at Oschersleben in his young Audi career and set the second fastest lap. However, the Briton starts the race from pole position because original pole sitter Bruno Spengler was handed a five-place grid penalty due to breaching the rules. The spectators at round eight of the season experienced a thrilling qualifying session that was marked by changeable weather conditions. Leader of the standings Mike Rockenfeller was always out on track at the right time and is starting from position four. Thus, the German will have very good chances of making another step toward the title on sunday.
Only three races left to contest and the tension is rising. Especially for Mike Rockenfeller. The Audi driver travels as championship leader to the big clash at Oschersleben (September 13 to 15) for the eighth race of the season. The 29-year old has forged a lead of no less than 35 points over closest rival Christian Vietoris. The good memories of the Börde motivate the German on his journey to the challenging 3.696-kilometre circuit close to Magdeburg. After all, ‘Rocky’ celebrated his first ever DTM podium finish here in 2007 in only his second race. Stablemate Timo Scheider also has fond memories of Oschersleben after victories in his championship winning years 2008 and 2009. Just like Mattias Ekström, who mounted the top step of podium here two years ago. “I’m still missing a proper victory this year so I’ll be fighting as before,” says the Swede.
The track winds like a stream through a basin created by the extra high built spectator areas. At many points this allows a great view across much of the track. However, the extremely tight track makes overtaking difficult for the drivers. “The best opportunity is into Turn 1, otherwise you only have a chance if the man in front makes a mistake,” describes Timo Scheider the conditions.