From grid positions 13 and 15 ‘Rocky’ and ‘Eki´ in their Audi RS 5 DTM cars, after problems in qualifying, recovered to fourth and fifth. “It’s a shame we were punished yesterday because today it was obvious what would have been possible", said ‘Rocky,’ who is now trailing Spielberg winner Bruno Spengler in second place of the standings. “The car was a dream, the strategy superb. ‘Thank you’ to Audi and Team Phoenix.” Edoardo Mortara, Timo Scheider and Filipe Albuquerque were struck by major misfortune. Neither of the three scored points.
|Red Bull Ring Spielberg
|Circuit length||4.326 km|
|Rundenrekord (Rennen)||Marco Wittmann, BMW (2013, 1m 25,505s, 181.137 km/h)|
|Pole position 2013||Bruno Spengler, BMW (1m 24,836s)|
|Winner 2013||Bruno Spengler, BMW|
|Fastest race lap 2013||Marco Wittmann, BMW (1m 25,505s., 182,137 km/h)|
The crowd saw a gripping qualifying, with the field separated by less than a second. The two-time Champion Timo Scheider missed the top four by just three hundredths of a second and will start from P5, directly in front of his brand colleague Filipe Albuquerque. "I am happy that we’ve found our form from the previous year again", said Mortara. "Last year, I clinched my first victory here. Tomorrow, we’re going all out to move to the very front."
The third race of the season sees the DTM complete its annual ‘mountain race´. The Red Bull Ring is situated in the idyllic Alpine landscape of Styria where Audi has won both races since the race track was reopened in 2011: Martin Tomczyk won in 2011 and Edoardo Mortara celebrated his first DTM victory here in 2012.
The Audi squad travels to Austria in a suitably optimistic frame of mind, particularly as Mike Rockenfeller proved the winning potential of the Audi RS 5 DTM with his victory at the second round of the season at Brands Hatch.
Following extensive modifications the race track was only reopened in 2011. The high speed character has remained. With an average speed of over 180 km/h the Red Bull Ring, located around 200 kilometres southwest of Vienna, is the fastest DTM track in spite of some steep climbs around the Alpine track, which blends naturally into the mountainous landscape.